Everything you need to build a bolt-on neck guitar like a pro
Building your first kit guitar? Do you want ALL of the right tools you'll need for a perfect, trouble-free, and fun build? We've got you covered. This deluxe set has all of the specialized tools you need to build your kit like a pro. This deluxe set works with our S-Style and T-Style kits and similar kits too.
This set is designed to help you build electric guitars with a bolt-on neck, where the neck is screwed to the body. We also have tool sets for set neck guitars like LP-Style and 335-Style kits.
With this set you can:
- Attach the neck
- Install the hardware
- Level and shape the frets
- Drill all the holes you need with precision
- Set up the guitar for perfect playability
- Install the electronics
Not just for basic building! This deluxe set has everything you need to drill every hole, install electronics, find and fix high frets, and install the tremolo claw perfectly.
This set is the perfect set to get when you want to get deeper into building and repair. Not only will you have the right tools to build your kit, you'll have everything you need to tackle any project. It's like a full shop in a box.
Build your kit and start your lifelong journey
You don't need a workshop to have a great first experience building a guitar. With just a few specialized tools you'll make sure the really critical jobs are done right. We worked with customers and our internal team of experts to make sure this essential tool set has everything you need for a worry free build.
This set includes many of the same tools in our Electric Guitar Kit Builders Tool Set - Bolt-on Neck, but with key upgrades to make every job easier. Check out what you can do:
Attaching the neck
Building a bolt-on neck guitar is a fun first project, and with the right tools it's easy to get a tight fitting, perfectly aligned neck on the first try. The Cam Clamp will hold the neck with the right amount of pressure so you can easily get the perfect fit to the pocket and bolt it on tight without worrying about it shifting or sliding.
Slotting the nut
The Nut Slotting Files are precisely made to help dial in the perfect setup at the nut.
Leveling and shaping the frets
New frets will need a bit of leveling and shaping after they're installed, with the Radius Block you'll evenly level the frets and keep the radius true at the same time. The Double-edge Fret File has two sides so you can recrown your leveled frets quickly and easily. Much easier to use than a traditional three corner file, you'll quickly master getting your frets just right.
You can quickly find high frets with our original Fret Rocker. The four-sided precision straightedge make it easy to locate the problem fret anywhere on the neck. The Fretting Hammer lets you seat any frets that may have popped up. With the Micro-Mesh Foam Sanding Block you'll polish the frets lightning fast and get your fret ends silky smooth.
Installing the tremolo claw
Installing the tremolo claw properly is key to getting your bridge to function perfectly. The 1/8" Aircraft Extension Bit is 12" long to clear the body and drill the holes you need for the claw quickly and accurately.
Getting the precise measurements for a perfect build
An accurate ruler is the most important tool you'll own for building. When you are getting into building, the smallest details matter. Our Shop Rule is designed for working on guitars—it has precise measurements down to 1/64" for accurately measuring the height of nuts, saddles, pickups, and more. The back is a centering rule so you can locate the center of a neck or bridge saddle quickly and precisely.
The 2-in-1 Precision Straightedge makes it easy to evaluate neck straightness and if frets are level. The two sides let you evaluate different instruments or focus in on smaller sections of the fretboard. You'll do a more precise setup using this professional quality tool.
And there's more! With this deluxe set you also get all of the tools for drilling precise holes (super important when building a kit), installing pickups, and more.
We include our favorite Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set, which has 36 bits and attachments specifically for guitar hardware. All of those hard to find sizes of Phillips and flat-blade screwdrivers, Allen bits, socket adapter, wire brush, awl point, and screw starters are there in one handy case.
Next we include three Depth-stop Drill Bits for perfectly drilling every hole you need. These are right sizes for installing tuners, back plates, pickguard screws, and more. The depth-stop makes sure you won't drill too deep. You never want to drill through the peghead!
The 10mm Guitar Nutdriver makes it super easy to install the most common tuners so they won't slip, and you won't scratch the plating when you are getting them set.
To install all of your pickups, pots, and electronics you get the Solomon SR-965 Soldering Iron. It's the right tool for connecting delicate guitar components. The fast, consistent heat and comfortable handle makes any wiring job easy. Next you get the essential Fine-gauge Wire Stripper. Wiring used in guitars is very tiny, and this stripper lets you remove just the insulation perfectly—you'll never mangle the wires again!
And we also include a super handy Razor Knife. This might be the most useful simple tool you'll ever own! From cutting wires, laying out nut slots, and more, you'll find a new use for it every single day.
Start with great tools for great results
This set is so much more than a kit building set. This is your entry into the world of luthiery. When you build a guitar, you form a connection that's more than music, wire, and wood. Building an instrument with your own hands is a life changing experience, and having the right tools will make every build more fun, frustration-free, and a true joy.
This deluxe set includes:
3701 Micro-Mesh Foam Sanding Block
3770 Fret Rocker
4895 Fretting Hammer
6113 Allen Truss Rod Wrenches, 4mm
3000 Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set
1710 Depth-stop Drill Bit 1/16"
1712 Depth-stop Drill Bit 5/64"
1714 Depth-stop Drill Bit 3/32"
4840 1/8" Aircraft Extension Bit
5890 Guitar Nutdrivers, 10mm
0823 Nut Slotting File 0.013"
0828 Nut Slotting File 0.020"
0832 Nut Slotting File 0.035"
4491 Double-edge Fret File
4878 Razor Knife
4905 StewMac Shop Rule
4004 2-in-1 Precision Straightedge, 12"-18" Combo
3721 Cam Clamp, Small
0502 Solomon SR-965 Soldering Iron, 110-volt
0418 Radius Sanding Block, 16"
1606 Fine-gauge Wire Stripper
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