DIY guitars

Les Paul

Or correctly New Jersey Electric Guitar was my second DIY guitar kit. Because I was really satisfied with the default result I decided to upgrade the guitar even more. I have installed Gotoh SG381-04C tuning machines, custom hand-wound Slug PAF style Alnico V Humbucker Set #001 (8.8KΩ bridge and 8.4 KΩ neck, Alnico V charged to specific levels), bone nut and Gotoh GE104B bridge (on M4/M8 brass conversion posts). I have wired the guitar in 50’s style with 22nF TESLA capacitors and with two push-pull pots to invert the phase of the pickups. have changed the knobs to gold reflector version. The headstock was custom shaped with unique lighting-like design. The result is a greatly playing and playable guitar for all occasions.


The first guitar kit I have built was Stratocaster, or correctly LA Electric Guitar. It was a fun experiment and the guitar is quite good playable. The main downside of this model is a really soft wood for the body (I should’ve bought the Ash-body variant) and that is not good in the long-term for the included tremolo.