This was my first build. After having researched videos for months on end, I finally took the plunge after being given a gift card from running a training at work. I opted for the lower end singlecut maple flame top, since it was my first time.
I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed with how it turned out! I purchased some aftermarket hardware and swapped it out during the build (which I will list), but the machining of the guitar pieces were done fairly well, considering the price. The set in neck fit snugly, although was a little un-level. I used a file to even it out, which in hindsight, I should have used a hand planer. The frets needed dressing on the edges, which again, for the price and the experience of doing it, was entirely acceptable to me. The wiring was straightforward, but a learning experience soldering for the first time.
I was most impressed by the sound and feel though. The humbuckers totally exceeded my expectations. I initially planned to swap them out if I liked how the guitar looked but once I plugged it in, I was more than happy enough. The neck isn't as chunky as some of the older Les Paul guitars which felt very smooth and fit well with me. All in all, I am more than happy with how everything turned out and it was an amazing experience watching it all come together and playing something that I brought to life and gave a soul too. I want to take it to the next level with my next guitar kit and do some interesting mods to make something memorable.
As a note, this is what I used that didn't come in the kit, minus the standard tools like sandpaper, tape, soldering iron etc.:
RIT fabric Dye
Higher grade potentiometer
Higher quality bridge
Gibson toggle switch
Mahogany wood stain
Thank you FretWire. You don't just build guitar kits. You build bonds between people and the ability to express themselves when words alone fail.