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Cheap Chinese kits?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by sully75, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. sully75

    sully75 TDPRI Member

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    Has anyone built one of these Chinese guitar kits? It would be fun to have something to wire that I didn't really care too much about. Wondering if the kits are workable or 100% junk? ~$100 on eBay

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/302036588956
     
  2. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Go to guitarfetish.com and build your own guitar kit. Not going to cost you much more and I think you'll come out with a better guitar. Right now you can get a clearance body for less than $50 with a coupon code.
     
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  3. mikeyb

    mikeyb Tele-Meister

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    The main complaint about the kits is that there are no instructions. Tomtop has a set-neck, bound Les Paul kit for $75 shipped from USA. Strat kit $50. Lots cheaper than buying parts. An education if nothing else.
     
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    OtherJMac Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    That sure ain't a swamp ash body in the picture...
     
  5. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don't see how you can wrong for a hundred bucks.

    The problem is once you put it together and start thinking, "Let me change these pickups. Tuners aren't great, let me upgrade those. Gee, I like THAT bridge as a replacement for the current one!"

    This is where things get dangerous, not to mention the cheap quality of the pots and switch. And from someone who recently bought a cheap Chinese neck for a Tele 12 build...

    I can guarantee you that that neck is going to cause you a ton of aggravation to get it near acceptable playability.

    But like I said above, a hundred bucks.
     
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  6. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

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    I have assembled one now, that was given to me. I almost didn't even assemble it, because it didnt feel to be worth my time. That being said, the finished product looks really nice (except right up close) and sounds just fine. It's a good way to have some fun, but of the kits that I have, they both had pretty terrible neck pockets and fret levelling.
     
  7. Bulldog87

    Bulldog87 Tele-Afflicted

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    I liked the stuff I did from Guitar fetish. ~$100. Decent quality. I almost always replaced the electronics and pickups. The necks were ok. Just good starters.
     
  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    But you couldn't have put a guitar together from scratch from GFS for $100.

    Body and neck would be that, plus shipping. And now you gotta buy everything else.
     
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    Darkness Tele-Afflicted

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    I've had great results from Carvin's bolt kit. Plus, it now comes with an ebony fingerboard. Electronics are decent though you will want to upgrade them later.
     
  10. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's

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    If you want the fun of assembling your own, how about this.
    Buy a new Epiphone on sale for 99 or a used Squire for 99. Take it apart, totally. Reassemble.
    You will end up with a much better guitar.:D
     
  11. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I've bought a few of these Chinese kits and the quality varies. The Les Paul kits from seller Albatross are the best I've come across.
    You can count on doing some fret work on all of them.
    If you only use the neck and body they are worth the money.
    One of my LPs I put SD Antiquities and the other I put in the stock pickups, which are cool with a midrange distortion crunch.
    Working on a SG 12/6 right now.
    PS, I'd usually never admit in daylight that i built a kit, but hey, You asked.
     
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  12. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    You really don't need instructions.

    You're not building a toaster.
     
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  13. bender66

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    Sometimes I wonder.

    I have the 12 string version of the op still hanging out in the box. Looks/feels like pauwalonia.
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    You can't fool yourself into thinking you bought it for anything other than the neck & body.
     
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  14. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    This would have been a smarter purchase for my recent 12 build, but I needed humbucker routs to use the lipstick pups I wanted, and I didn't want to finish it myself.

    Lacquer and I don't get along.
     
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    I recently scored one of the Cozart 12 string teles from auction ( from the same seller ). It was completed and ready to go. It is easy to play and sounds a lot better than I thought it would. Took it to a jam session and I had trouble getting it off another player to head home. Still needs some setting up, but can only play better when finished. For the price, I don't care if I have to replace tuners and a couple of other things, it'l still be good value. Auction price was $79.00, but postage to Australia cost a bit.
     
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  16. bender66

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    Lacquer's your dogs name, right?
     
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    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    My local pawn shop has 20 or more Squier, Epiphone, First Act, Jay Turser and other obscure brand used guitars for 100 bucks or less.
    A good setup, clean up and new strings on one of those would put you in better shape than most of these cheap kits.
     
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    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    Yep


    One can even find MIA Peaveys for 150 or less.
     
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    Yeah,you'll end up replacing parts.Those electronics are buzzy.
     
  20. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    I got a GFS Les Paul kit BUT it is Mahogany and a flamed Maple top.
    They even replaced the body as the central glue joint was up to 10mm. in places.
    I will also replace the pickups.
    I have bought a lot of gear from them. They cost more as kits like that one
    from China but I know the woods and parts are better. Good people to deal with
    as are most US companies.:)
    IMHO I'd pay the extra for a better end product, but it's not my budget ( and I'm a retiree),
    it's yours. So if you want an inexpensive kit, go with it and get some good inexpensive pickups.
    It may be your first build and you do not want to risk spending too much.
    Good Luck and Cheers from Downunder!;)
     
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