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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:44 am

It's currently (((price + shipping )x1.03) x1.2) for duty + VAT, plus the PO handling charge on top, which is about £8.

Price plus shipping is paid in AUS$, so is dependent on the exchange rate at the time of purchase.

Don't expect to save money over buying an assembled low-end Chinese-made instrument. You can make very good instruments from the kits but you'll end up replacing all the hardware and pickups (on most kits there's a no hardware or pickups option which saves some purchase cost and cuts down on the import duties cost).

The more basic the kit, the better the overall value is IMO.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:28 am

I'm lazing around in bed at the moment so don't have the exact numbers to hand, but I think customs and additional post office charges came to about £45. Will look it up later.
If i'd bought a standard P-bass or similar, then from a pure cost perspective you'd almost certainly be better off buying a something from Thomann or G4M, spending a bit of money on some hardware, and then giving it to a good tech to set up. (I very nearly did that).
But i like making stuff. :)
As Wonks says, normally you'd spend a bit of dosh replacing the tuners, nut etc (which is what I did last time). But because this is headless there really isn't much of an option here. The cheapest way to buy upgraded hardware would be to buy a new Steinberger and pull the bits off that. Which would be both ridiculous and well out of budget.
I'm currently thinking of a red stain finish and a natural neck. I'm also thinking of making life difficult for myself...
As to your final question, not if it's upside down. ;)
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:58 pm

Shipping from Pitbull to UK/EU does vary for kit to kit (I thought it was fixed but basses seem to cost more than guitars - a guitar costs just under £30 to ship).
So for Blinddrew's bass, £123.98 + £39.08 shipping gives £163.06. Duty and VAT make that £201.54, plus the PO handling fee adds on £8. So currently £209.54 all-in.

The cheapest Steinberg headless bass is £289 from Thomann, and the hardware will be better.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:35 pm

Ok, actual costs:
kit AU$ 253.64
- 5% discount $12.68
Shipping $79.95
Total $320.91 roughly £156.50

Import VAT £35.83
"Clearance fee" £12

Total: £204.33
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:55 pm

Got a bit of time today so smoothed off the belly curve, rounded off all the back edges, put a bit of profile around the back lower waist and took a bit off the shoulder. Then got everything sanded to 120.
Taking a file to the belly and the, well, under belly?
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Back edges smoothed and sanded:
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:11 pm

Wow, I envy your seemingly boundless energy Drew! :thumbup:

You never stop, do you?


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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:12 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Wow, I envy your seemingly boundless energy Drew! :thumbup:

You never stop, do you?


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This is just another way of saying 'bitten off more than you can chew'! ;)
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Folderol » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:48 pm

At one time I would have asked how many guitars you guys needed... I know better these days. The answer is always "another one" :lol:
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby MOF » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:25 pm

At one time I would have asked how many guitars you guys needed... I know better these days. The answer is always "another one" :lol:

I’ve got quite a few and can’t even play guitar. Don’t ask it’s a long story. :lol:
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:27 pm

I think i might actually be done after this one.

But i do need to completely strip and rebuild my hybrid one. There's quite a reasonable guitar hiding in there, it just needs a bit of help to come out. ;)
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:17 pm

Double checking the alignment:
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Making a little shim:
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gluing it in:
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Did something else today but didn't take any pictures and can't remember what it was.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:54 pm

Had a big poo?
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:56 pm

How did you know?

Actually the other thing I was thinking off was a fret level and filing.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:12 pm

I just can’t keep up with all these euphemisms!

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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:55 pm

I ordered a couple of kits from PBG back on the 19th April (an SG for me and an SG Jr to build for a mate), but it looks from the tracking that they've been sitting at the Auspost depot, Perth, since the 20th. So I'm not going to get them for quite a while.
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