This is something I always wanted to do and I am very pleased with the kit and the results. Especially for my very first build. I even got my wife involved with staining and such, and as a thank you to her I put her name, Jamie, on it.
I used your parts kit (perfect color for my on the dials, btw) and Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues pick up set.
This is where the boys in the paint shop rise above the others. The attention to detail is crazy good, This on of the PH-AT, plain maple cap arch top with the maple cap sides taped off. It creates a binding that’s so cool, because you can look at it up close and see the grain of the maple. It’s quite beautiful actually.
Here’s one of new Archtops in the paint shop. The bursts has just been applied. This is a triple threat, a triple burst. Burst on Top, Burst on Bottom, Burst on Neck.
And then we’re going to pull the tape and scrape a binding. It will be the natural beautiful grain of the maple that will show through.
Triple Tobacco Faux Archtop.
Wanted to send you a pic of the first kit I got from you. You remember this one? Has the four little knots between the pickups? Anyway, its the best playing and sounding Carved Top l I have ever picked up.
Hello all PGK team;)
I wanted to say that I was very satisfied with the kit that I bought you, it sounds crazy, mega rock guitar! grin emoticon
I exploded view to realize the black over goldtop heavy relic, everyone finds beautiful and it sounds great!
So I think that soon I will come to you to buy a sg jr and a flying V!
You address some pictures of my work hoping you like it! grin emoticon
This Name is ” T.T.Special ” ..Tracker Trip Special wink emoticon
Some pictures of the finished guitar, for your Homepage if you like. The guitar was built by my good friend Werni Sahli, an absolute professional!
Pickups are OX4 Humbuckers, hardware is from Faber Germany.
Many thanks again for your great work, the wood work was simply superb!!!
Indeed. Werni is one of the best Luthiers here in Switzerland. His paint jobs are simply outstanding. He was impressed about the quality of your kits, everything went together without any problems.
Greetings to the team, all the best
Hope you are well. Thought it would be worthwhile sharing with you some images of the completed double cut Junior based on your kit.
I am extremely pleased with the way the guitar has turned out, the way it sounds and the TV Yellow colour.
The luthier I used here in Melbourne to assemble the guitar was Cargill Custom Guitars and they are one of the better luthier’s here. They were also very complementary about the quality of the kit, which was good news noting their experience with guitars generally.
Thanks again and regards,
Here is a guitar that is pretty awesome. It is 59 Carved Top with the Graphtech Ghost System installed. It has the most wonderful, full, acoustic guitar sound with just a bit of that edge you’d expect from an electric. Ken was very happy with the end result and we love making stuff like this..
Here is what Ken had to say:
Thought I would send you a few pick of the fantastic work you and yours did for me…I do not have the tools nor the patience to complete a project like this but Precision Guitar Kits sure do…the work that the CNC shop, the Bespoke build crew and paint is first rate…if you want to have a custom guitar built for you, I can recommend this wholeheartedly…fill your cart and press the buy button…then sit back and wait for “Precision” to arrive!
Thought I’d send along a photo of my finished Jr. The kit was, as advertised, a dream to build. Everything went together smoothly; the neck/body fit was absolutely precise. A couple of things surprised me in a good way; the neck is described as a baseball shape on your site so I wondered if it would be on the large side. It turns out that it’s a very comfortable size and shape even for someone with smaller hands. The biggest surprise is how good this guitar sounds. I purchased the Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90 that you sell and I really like it. I usually play jazz through the clean channel of a small Blackstar tube amp and this guitar fits the bill. When my wife is out, I crank up the amp and it sounds very snarly. When I switch to the dirty channel, the windows rattle. Seriously though, I expected to end up with a decent guitar but this is WAY beyond decent. It’s fabulous.
The photo has a paper mock up of a decal that I’m getting made up. It says Muffin City custom in honour of two Toronto bands; Martha and The Muffins and a cultish 60’s band called The City Muffin Boy’s. They were kind of like Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground but sadly ,without Andy Warhol promoting them, they remained unknown except for members of Toronto’s art community back then.
Already planning the next build; a T style, no pick guard, natural finish with a Lollar Charlie Christian neck pickup and a regular Tele bridge pu.
Thank for making such a fine product. You guys are off the charts for quality and workmanship.
All the best and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.
Hi there – Here a few pics of my SG Jr. build from a few years back. It plays like butter, and resonates like nothing else I’ve ever played. I’ve recommended PGK to anyone interested in rolling their own. Great bones – just like you say!
Named this one the “Les Ismore”. The P90 is an Alnico 2 kit from Stew Mac (8.4k dcr) The bridge is a Pigtail – and the studs and bushings from them are just spectacular. The tone cap was rescued from an old Hammond organ preamp. Wish I had more of em! It was hard (for me anyway) to get an accurate photo of the color. It’s a slightly yellowed white – nitrocellulose that I mixed up here. Thanks again!
Dear Precision Guitar Kits,I wanted to express my appreciation of your product and give you an account of my completed Les Paul Junior DC. Love this guitar!!!I received the LP Junior DC with African Mahogany body and ’59 Black Limba neck with ebony fretboard in flawless condition. People rave about the quality of the lumber you use and the perfect fit of you neck joint. I was, nevertheless, impressed. Incidentally, I find this ’59 neck to be just as comfortable for either chords and single note playing,I decided to emphasize the beauty of the wood by using a clear oil finish–three coats of Odie’s Oxi Oil (which ‘ages’ the wood color) and a couple of coats of Odie’s wood butter hand buffed to a satin sheen.I used the really gorgeous Tonepros Kluson style vintage tuners and wraparound bridge from Precision with a really nicely aged finish.The pickguard and truss rod cover are from Quickguards and are in the “variegated gold leaf” finish which my photography really doesn’t do justice to.I wanted the look and something of the sound of a vintage Junior but without the hum. I went with The Creamery’s “Custom ’13 Dogear bridge” which is a true double coil humbucker but with a lot of P90ish clarity. I’m really happy with this choice and I think it will really allow this guitar to perform in a range of environments.Thanks so much for helping me create this guitar!Jonathan
INCREDIBLY lively, resonant and responsive.
hey Phil, here’s the first new guitar, second one is coming soon!This one is total custom for the color, got some dyes and stain tinctures and crap like that from my supplier. Anyway, this is the color I came up with after quite some time till I was happy with it! Kind of a cinnamon color, in a brighter light it has the color of a tiger! I went with all gold gear on it, tried to anyway! And if anyone out there can help me find some gold trim for my tone switch would be awesome! All my parts came from precision guitars, and the Seth lover pickups are amazing! The knobs came from another source. One thing for my as a woodworker and finisher for 30 years is my supplier often gets me to test new products, so one new product is a new compound for buffing the sheen after sanding with 2000 grit paper. Normally I use my buffing wheel and it takes me quite some time, with this compound I did it by hand and took maybe 20 minutes! And absolutely perfect! I was shocked, a bought a gallon of the shit! It was really cool as well because I was the first to try it!Anyway, as far as the truss rod cover I may be able to buy 1/2 a sheet of gold aluminium of a supplier and make the cover and possibly the pick guard too, we’ll see how adventurous I get!I got a buddy to wire the thing for me this time and he wired it ass backward, but it’s ok because it’s the same way Eddie wires his and I’m a huge fan, so I’m happy!Can’t wait to finish the next one Phill,I love yer guitars, they are the cats ass!!!Rob Bye
Hey Phil,Just finished up that totally awesome strat you all made and stained. This thing is crazy, tone knobs for each pickup, one master volume, mini switches , top to bring in the neck pickup in 4th and 5th position. Each of the other splits the coils so the combination is vast. Pickups are seymour duncan, neck and bridge are quarter pounds, middle is reversed wound, bridge is a custom staggered.SSL4 neck and middle, SSL5 bridge. Super Vee tremblo, This thing is incredible, solid low end and crisp high. low action, on spot intonation, With the electronics it’s almost a cross between Les and Fender. You all did a spectacular job with the black limba body, neck and fingerboard. The stain job is unbelievable. Perfect, Perfect, Perfect.Thanks to you and all your craftsmen,Don W
We have finished my Ratbones Junior, we are absolutely stoked with how it turned out. The timber and your C&C work is amazing. Several coats of stain, a Tonerider P90, Tone Pros bridge, CTS pots with your Jr wiring harness, unbleached bone nut. Bang. Goal.
It really is stunning and is an absolute blast to play. THIS THING IS A BEAST!
Please find attached some photos of how it turned out. I will be ordering more of these from you soon.
Thanks a million.
Surprisingly raunchy sound out of this ’59 double cut junior with 60’s profile neck yáll.
check the not the best of pics from iphone
not getting much tone response from the dimarzio 500k pot with cap – not that i care much
tried variations of wiring setup…doesnt matter …usually I play flat out.
it was a quick fix to get the move on outta here.
Haven’t heard from you in a while. Guess you are keeping pretty busy. Not surprised with the quality of the kits that you put out. I was going to upload these to the site but there seems to be a communication problem so I thought I would pass these along if you would like to post them. The fit was dead on so I don’t wonder why you are called Precision. So to sum up…’59 Junior Double Cut, sanded down to accept a 3 year Spalted Maple top, Bubinga pickguard and Spalted 1/16″ headstock with a funky little Bubinga truss rod cover to mimic the shape of the headstock. Six screws was overkill but I wanted them to look like the tuners, which are Grover. Tonepros bridge and a Spalted Maple cavity cover which attaches with rare earth magnets for easy removal with a fingernail or pick and Seymour Duncan P-90 Antiquity Series pup which sound fantastic with a custom gold plated cover to match the rest of the hardware and Gibson 500k tone and volume pots. Took a while but I think it was well worth the effort. Thanks, Phil and all the guys at PGK for making this possible. I’m calling it Drop Dead Drop Top or DDD-T.
Thanks again and I look forward to my next kit!
I finally took some photos of the last three kits I got from you. The photos seem really bad which I will blame on low batteries.
My Dad passed away last September, so I was not able to get any work done on these guitars last year. I am really happy with the sound and playability of all three and they do look fantastic in person. I suspect taking a photo of Gold Top gold is as difficult as getting a good finish with Gold Top gold. I did match it to some photos I have of 50s Gold Tops where the top clear coat had turned yellow to give it that older look. All guitars were painted with rattle cans and no dye on the tops so the flame moves with the viewing angle.
I wound all the pickups and made the back plates for the carve tops. I was experimenting with magnets and other things which is why some are still double creme. I like the look, and sound, of the open coils on the sunburst, but the gold top is going to get raw covers at the next string change. I also wired in a secret weapon in the Gold Top where one knob rolls off the volume to one coil, on both pickups, so you can get humbucking power, single coil sweetness or any mix you want. Pull up on the knob and it chooses the opposite coil(s).
I really love the ebony headstock overlay! I was debating on whether I should leave it raw or spray it and as you can see spray it won. I feel like I finally have the faux binding scraping under control and I really like how it looks with more clear maple exposed on the sunburst. Hot hide glue was used for all neck joints and nuts, and while I can’t compare it to using titebond since I have never used it, I would definitely choose my guitars over anything the big G makes! You can also see how the logo you printed for me looks on the finished product.
I still have a Vee, for my son, and a Bound & Flamed carve top kit to complete, but the weather is colder and wetter than it was in February! It needs to warm up and dry out before I can do much else. I guess I could get going on the pickups for the six guitars I have in progress. The next kit I plan to order will be the carve top with the smoothed neck joint unless you can do the 1958 Jr. with a carved top of flame maple (hint) as it is the best shape for slide with all the fretboard exposed.
PhilI bought a completed body and neck recently, well I have finished the build, used Gotoh part and finished her with a light stain and 30 coats of french polish!She plays like a dream, thank-you for a great piece of kit, extremely well made and raring to go.Feel free to use the picture and anyone who may be thinking of building a guitar, PG’s are your go to Men!