Welcome to theFretWire

Our mission is to add a bit of color to the world of assembly line guitars.  We put quality guitar kits into the hands of passionate players and builders. Our kits are geared towards beginners and pros alike, with kits to suit any budget and skill level.

About the Kits

Our kits are created using CNC and hand shaping techniques in a factory that makes thousands of musical instruments each month.  The factory is based in Jinan, China. After using a couple other factories, we’ve been impressed with the consistent quality and attention to detail from this facility over the past couple years. Each guitar body is hand matched to each neck to ensure the best fit.  Other complimentary parts such as pick guards are also shaped to match the curvature of its specific body.

Due to the nature of how the kits are made, we are not able to accommodate custom requests for unique configurations. We are consistently expanding our product line, and love to hear requests for models we don’t currently carry.  We do use this feedback when selecting which kits to stock.

Learn More About Our Guitar Kits

About theFretwire

We stand behind every kit we sell.  If you ever encounter an issue with the quality of the kits we sell, please contact us. We would love to make it right.

All guitar kits are imported into the USA and are stored and shipped from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these made in the USA?

No. In order to keep our kits accessible to the greatest number of builders, we try to keep our prices between $100 and $200. For that reason we make our kits in a factory in China. We have worked with this factory for several years, and they consistently provide quality parts. A comparable kit in made in the USA would cost $500-$1,000. A big factor that determines the overall quality of your guitar is the quality of the finish work. By building the guitar yourself, you can be assured it is up to your standards.

Where do you ship from?

Our products are warehoused and ship from Salt Lake City, Utah. Our central location allows us to ship to customers all over the USA, with most orders arriving in 2-5 days.

Can I get the _____ kit, but with a different neck/fretboard/hardware?

Currently we only sell the kits in the configurations you see on the website. We hope to offer a greater variety of kits as well as loose parts in the future.

Are these made in the USA?

In order to keep our prices in a range of $100-200, we have partnered with factories around the world. Learn more about our kits here

Can I buy your kit but put a different neck on?

Yes.  Our kits mirror the original manufacturer specifications.  However, as with any custom instrument build, expect some fine tuning in order to get the parts to all fit nicely together. Some modification of the neck or body may be required. On models with a pickguard that borders the base of the neck, you may need to recut or replace the pickguard in order to match the profile of your other neck.

Can I buy the kit, but without the electronics? I have my own pickups.

Many builders choose to replace the stock pickups that come with these kits.  At this time, we do not remove the hardware or electronics in order to reduce the price, but we hope to offer that option in the future.

What brand are the pickups and hardware?

In order to keep the base price of the kits between $100 and $200, the guitar kits include non-brand name pickups and hardware. The quality of this hardware is similar to what you might find on an Epiphone or Squier guitar. Many people decide to replace certain elements with upgraded hardware, or with electronics (pickups, tone caps, pots) that match their tone requirements.

Shipping Times

When will your order arrive? Well that depends on where you live, of course.

All orders ship from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Standard FedEx Ground shipping is 1 to 5 business days, plus 1 day for handling.
See the map below, and add 1 business day to the key for handling. Need it faster? We offer FedEx 2-Day shipping as well.

Note: We guarantee that we will ship your items within 1 business day, but we can’t guarantee FedEx will deliver it within the specified time frame.