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Artist STDIY Do it Yourself Guitar Kit

Artist STDIY Do it Yourself Guitar Kit

NZ $159
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About this Artist STDIY Do it Yourself Guitar Kit

Get behind the invention of a famous guitar and build your very OWN version with this ready-to-go kit. The bodies and necks are unfinished and don't have any basecoat which allows you to spray the body whatever paint type and colour you choose. You might also like to reshape the headstock but always remember that reshaping requires effort time and consideration.

The kit includes a  ready-to-spray unbound bolt-on-neck, an unfinished body, three single-coil ceramic pickups loaded on to a white scratchplate, three pots, white coloured knobs, chrome-plated tremolo bridge, strings.

These kits are full size.

The Tech Features

Brand:- Artist

Model:- ST KIT


  • 1x Solid African Ayous Body
  • 1x Maple Neck with Eco-Rosewood Fretboard, 
  • High-End Eco-Rosewood Fretboard with 1.1mm 2.6 White Copper Fretiwires
  • Scale Length:-  648mm
  • Nut Width:-  42mm ABS Plastic

Pickups:- 3 x Ceramic, Single Coil Pickups that are preloaded onto the scratchplate (all screws supplied)

Neckplate:- Stainless Steel (screws supplied)

Bridge:- Stainless Steel 

Saddles:- individual stainless steel

Tremolo Block:- 5 spring, 2 bolt claw

Strings:- ELST1046



Great value, lots of fun.

By: on 10 September 2020
I got this kit as a present for my 14 year old so he could learn about how guitars work and have the pride of making his own instrument. The materials, the quality and the instruction book all exceeded expectations. When we floated the bridge to the recommended gap, the saddles were all pretty much in the right place, so the intonation was immediately satisfactory, which should bring peace of mind to buyers who don't know how to set up a guitar. We painted it deep red after some light sanding. No soldering was required as the wiring was fitted with handy plugs. I applied a little PTFE (Teflon) to the saddles and nut to ensure that the strings glide smoothly, and the instrument stays in tune, even after deep dives on the whammy bar. I recommend for anyone - great for beginners, or anyone wanting a low-cost second guitar for everyday knocking about.

Strat copy DIY kit

By: on 14 July 2020
BUY ONE OF THESE. This was FUN. The woodwork was very well machined and nicely finished. I’d wanted to paint it as well as I could but a little research and reading about Nitrocellulose put an end to that, too hard for me. I stained the wood with coats of Deckmax Honey Oak semi transparent decking stain ($6 Mitre10) gave it a bit of a sand and then several coats of Briwax Teak Oil ($23 Resene) and some buffing ($50 machine The Warehouse). The finish is a clear butterscotch colour and the grain of the Basswood stands out nicely. The hardware was easy to assemble BUT I highly recommend watching YouTube’s “Dave’s World of Fun Stuff” (don’t be fooled by the goofy title) especially for setting up the tremolo block if you want it “floating”. I can now push and pull like mad on the trem arm and it goes back in tune every time. Dave’s is a great channel for anyone who wants to tinker with guitars. The guitar plays and sounds great for the money, looks good and because of all my hard work I now prefer it to my Squier (which is more than twice the price) but I still need to work more on the details of neck relief, string height and intonation. When finished I was 4 screws short for the back trem block cover but it doesn’t matter, every time I pick her up I admire the claw, springs and block which I’ve so meticulously installed and tweaked to perfection ! A great product at a great price for a ton of fun. And I’m 60. I can only imagine the fun and learning a kid could get out of building one of these (with help from Dave). Stop watching the news and BUY ONE OF THESE. Have FUN.


By: on 27 June 2020
This guitar is totally amazing for the price. The wood finish on the body is topnotch and the fretboard is pretty well made with no sharp corners and a really good neck shape. I customized the build buy putting a single humbucker and a hand made pickguard on. Check out the build on my instagram kingseat_motorcycleclub. Because everything is in playable quality on this kit you can use it as a good base to do your own thing. I had so much fun doing this build and would recommend anyone to get one.

Great product!

By: on 1 June 2020
I love this do it yourself kit!! It comes with everything you need as well as easy to follow instructions. During the process of putting mine together I couldn't help but wonder what others had done to personalise their 'do it yourself' guitars. Would be really cool if you could create some kind of gallery where people who have purchased these kits could show off photos of their creations.

Strat type guitar kit.

By: on 4 November 2019
Very speedy delivery. Packaging was very strong, you would literally have to jump on the box a few times to affect the contents, this is not recommended by the way. The African Alder body on the one I received appeared to be a single piece or a very well matched 2 piece... but it did look one piece to me. It was sanded to a fine level and would need minimal if any sanding before putting on a translucent coating like a 2 or 3 tone Sunburst or tint and clear coat/Shellac/lacquer etc. It looks as if it would take a primer coat and solid colour coat in the supplied state with just a wipe with a Tack Cloth. The fret work was of a high quality with no sharp edges and visually quite level, all the frets were inserted correctly and flush with the fingerboard with no gaps. The neck is Maple and has a pleasing profile to it. The Eco-Rosewood Fretboard has an almost Ebony shot with dark Orange longitudinal lines to it, an appearance that give it the initial look of being made of 'Snake Wood'. The feel of this fretboard is smooth and well finished under the fingers. The hardware is no worse than you may expect from any present Asian made instrument, certainly as good as Epiphone, and although totally functional there are always those people who must retro-fit the best on offer from the big manufacturers at premium cost while knocking the supplied hardware but as I have said there is nothing wrong with the supplied hardware and electronics at all. All the holes are predrilled for you and Allen keys supplied to adjust the truss rod and saddle height. All in all you'd have to look long and hard to equal the kit I received and even longer and harder to better it. For the price (which includes delivery), it's impossible to go wrong. n.b. I'd spend a few more $'s and chuck in a set of Ernie Balls 9-46, Fender 9-46 or some other branded strings. Strings supplied are adequate but not packeted so no idea what they are.

Good experience

By: on 16 October 2019
The photo of the parts shows a pack of string which was NOT included and there were some screws left over (and a few missing) but nothing dramatic. Body was well prepared for painting and the neck fit was spot on so guitar has a nice low action and stays in tune. My son plays this as much as the Ibanez I bought him for his birthday. Well worth the money.

Blown Away

By: on 6 September 2019
This thing wails, it weeps, it SPANKS! I bought it looking for a cheap everyday play, put it together in an afternoon (made me want to become a luthier), super surprised with how well it all came together, no touch ups or sanding down needed, no soldering, just screwing in screws and you're good to go! Might've got the floating bridge tension a bit wrong, but it stays in tune after a few hours and by golly is this such a beautiful guitar and amazing value for money! THANKS ARTIST YOU CHAMPS

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