OK so far
Posted January 12, 2015
Having owned a '64 Fender Jaguar since 1965, I am well acquainted with the Fender marque. I knew the kit would not be able to pass off as a genuine Fender Strat, but would be able to get close. The neck finished perfectly and the body almost as good. I am waiting for the Antique White paint to dry before I clear coat it and buff it out. The plating on the output jack ferrule was bubbled so I ordered a genuine Fender ferrule off Ebay. The plating and construction on the rest of the components looks good. I went on YouTube to see how to set up the guitar properly. Being a retired Tool and Die Maker, I am confident that I can get it precisely set up. In short, for the money, you get a lot of good components and will have a great time building the Strat. I would not hesitate to order another if I needed one. It can be made into a quality guitar with a little effort finishing and setting it up. The Reid and Sons kits are pretty good.
Turned into a very acceptable instrument with little fuss.
Posted October 11, 2014
I am amazed at how good the final product looks and works, and how easily it went together. I am a long-time guitar player (and luthier) who has played many high dollar guitars and this kit produces a product is very acceptable in comparison. Based on some of the other reviews, I initially assumed that I would not use the hardware that came with the kit. Turns out that was silly as all components in the kit are satisfactory. The Paulownia body wood is soft and light, but is somewhat comparable to swamp ash. Lightness is a good thing for sound, but does dent easily. The machine work on the body (neck pocket, pickup routs) and neck, and the pre-drilled holes for pickguard, rear cavity, etc., are dead on. The neck has a two-way truss rod so acceptable playability should be attainable, theoretically, in every case. Fortunately, I had previously acquired some additional luthier tools that were necessary for the final set-up (nut files, fret leveler, fret crowning file, etc.) However, everything was surprisingly close out of the box. The reviewer who claimed the guitar won't hold a tune did something wrong and needs to reference the internet for help!
I purchased this as a Christmas...
Posted July 16, 2013
I purchased this as a Christmas present for my son, thought we would build it together, which turned out to be me doing most of the work. I did extra sanding on this, working my way thru the grits until it was smooth as glass. I then sprayed 1/2 dozen coats of nice metallic lacquer, then a couple coats of a pearl clear lacquer, and then a couple coats of clear lacquer. Wet sanded and polished with supplies from an online guitar store. Came out beautiful. Then had a local person do the setup making sure everything was adjusted just right. This has become the "go to" guitar with my son. It really has a nice sound and feel to it.