My initial impression of a very nice kit soon turned to frustration.
It came quickly.
In spite of all the rework caused by poor QA/QC at the factory I got a surprisingly nice sounding guitar.
Thankfully, even though the bridge was not centered in the cavity it lined up with the neck.
I didn't have to work with the frets at all, at least not yet.
The wood working part of the kit is pretty good and sanding was minimal.
The body is two pieces of mahogany glued together so there's s glue line that shows since I did not paint the guitar but only put on polyurethane.
As of 10/28/2020 the company has not responded to my letter of 9/20/2020.
"Some patching and drilling of pilot holes will be required" on the website is an understatement.
The tuning heads are extremely stiff through half a turn and then loosen up, and then back to stiff.
There are two blemishes, and one ding on the fret board that went deep enough to show the white layer underneath (engineered rosewood).
The placement of many of the factory pre-drilled holes caused several hours of delay and rework.
Holes for four of the six screws for the tuning heads had to be plugged and re-drilled.
One of the six holes for the bridge had to be plugged and re-drilled.
All six screw holes for the plate on the back had to be plugged and re-drilled so that the holes to string
the guitar would line up. Otherwise you'd have to remove the plate each time to replace strings. Three of
these plugged holes show.
Mounting the neck to the body was the worst issue. All the holes in both the body and neck had to be plugged and re-drilled. The pre-drilled holes were not in a rectangular pattern like the metal plate but a cockeyed trapezoid pattern so the holes didn't line up with the plate. The holes in the neck were four different depths, including one that went all the way to the back of the fret board. Thankfully I had a drill press for this one.
In order to get the action down to near Fender specifications for a Startocaster I had to counter sink the bridge with a router and chisel.
In sum, I'm reasonably happy with the finished guitar but NOT happy with all of the rework. I wonder if these kits are factory rejects from their normal production line?