guitar kits

kits of parts to build guitars and other instruments

product rdf: 


SOLO (Music Gear Ltd)

THE STORY SOLO Guitars is a division of SOLO Music Gear Ltd. Solo Music Gear was founded in 2008 to service the needs of musicians, repair shops, builders and hobbyists and is dedicated to offering a large selection of DIY guitar and bass kits, bodies & necks, guitar parts and Luthier tools. Please visit their Facebook Page to view photos of the work sent in from many of their customers and the wonderful work they have accomplished. You can also find tips and tricks in building and finishing your Solo.

Source: Solo Music Gear web page (8 July 2022)

42nd Street

42nd Street Guitars was founded by Angela Arnott - the 'Guitar Angel' - a UK-based luthier and vintage guitar restoration specialist since the 1990s. 42nd Street instruments are American vintage inspired guitars - built in the UK by Angela and her son Tig Arnott. They also offer a range of upgrade and replacement bodies and necks, all finished in nitrocellulose paints and lacquers, and available in a variety of NOS and aged styles. Whether you want a pristine pre-aged as new look or an authentically worn replica in your choice of vintage colour, they can customise items to meet your individual needs.

Source: 42nd Street Guitars website (12 September 2021)


Afanti Music is a professional manufacturer and exporter, with near 20 years experience in string musical instruments. With reliable ablity to make new products according to your design. 


Mainly Produce:  DIY guitar kits, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, Banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitar accessories, etc, with high quality and more cost-effective price, exported to more than 120 countries and areas. 


Group Corporation products: Saxophone, flute, clatinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, marching instruments, Drum Set, Cymbal, drum hardware, electric keyboard, accordion, etc. 


MJT is run by Mark and Matt Jenny who specialize in reproducing classic old laquer finishes. They use thin nitrocellulose finishes in the same colors used by Fender from 1950 to 1965 and use a relicing process to give necks and bodies a worn vintage look. MJT can provide bodies, necks, kits or completed guitars or basses; typically in Fender style.

Source: MJT website (6 June 2018)


John Bogdanovich began making guitars 1996. Previously John served as an apprentice cabinetmaker for 3 in New York City laying the groundwork for the skills he would later call on for guitar building. After completing his apprenticeship, John went to college and studied electrical engineering before going to work at t AT&T Bell Labs.  After retiring from Bell Labs John woodworking, first in a small business designing and building furniture. This led him to study fine woodworking with James Krenov for two years at the College of the Redwood Fine Woodworking program in Fort Bragg, California. And then a guitar building class with Charles Fox began his journey in lutherie. As well as making of fine classical guitars, John has published books and DVDs in the the techniques of classical guitar making and has a wealth of information and supplies for the aspiring luthier on his website.


Established in 1983 HOSCO (Hosokawa and Co.) are mainly a distributor, but they also create original musical instrument related products for factories, distributors and repairmen.


The Chinese Supertimbre Company was established in 1988. Supertimbre specialize in the production of musical instruments, also providing OEM manufacturing services. Products include wood wind, brass, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, keyboards, percussion and accessories. Supertimbre export to Europe, America, Oceania and Asia.


Tenayo is a Korean/Chinese brand with a full range of instruments and accessories. They make some interesting models including the Koyabu 12 string tap guitar and a budget version of the Yamaha silent guitar. The German Thomann company is a major distributer of Tenayo instruments. The tap guitars are available from

1962 guitar kit

Popular Mechanics 1962 guitar kit

Popular Mechanics February 1962 carried this feature anouncing their build your own guitar kit. It was a simple one pickup single cut-away electric with a bolt on neck which sold for $42. I wonder if any of these guitars are still in use today? Here is the article in full:


The Landola guitars brand was established  by the Mattson Brothers in Jakobstad, Finland in 1942. Their first factory-made guitar was launched after the end of the Second World War in 1946. Their company was originally called Munkers. In the following years the company changed names and ownership, but its customers always knew it as Landola.

The 1950s saw stiff competition from other European / Scandinavian guitar brands, but Landola managed to flourish. Production at the factory was nearly 3000 guitars per year during the early 1950s. In the sixties the company participated for the first time in the Frankfurt Music Fair. The success Landola had at the fair pushed the company to start its export to United States, Canada and Europe.            

Subscribe to RSS - guitar kits