Product Description


Artist TCDIY Do It Yourself Electric Guitar Kit w/ Humbuckers

Get behind the invention of a famous guitar and build your very OWN version with this ready-to-go kit. The bodies and necks are unfinished and don't have any basecoat which allows you to spray the body whatever paint type and colour you choose. You might also like to reshape the headstock but always remember that reshaping requires effort time and consideration.

The kit includes a ready-to-spray unbound bolt-on-neck, an unfinished body, 2 pickups loaded on to a black scratchplate, two pots, chrome coloured knobs, chrome-plated bridge, strings.

These kits are full size.

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: TCDIY


  • 1x Solid Roasted Poplar Body
  • 1x Maple Neck with an Eco-Rosewood fretboard

Scale Length: 25.5 inches

Fretboard: 12" (305mm) Radius ; Dot Inlays

Circuitry: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switcha

Nut Width: 42mm ABS Nut

Strings: ELST1046

Optional Hard Cases: REC300RC, REC350BK, REC350FTB, EC500

Optional Gig Bags: HGBAGST, BAGST


Reviews (17)

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Could be better

By: on 17 May 2024
Body extremely soft poplar barely had to touch it to dent and took a lot of sanding filling and resanding to achieve a reasonable surface pickups and hardware are also of a cheap standard having said that I am enjoying the challenge of creating a one of guitar with the addition of a few bits of my choosing

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Tele DIY kit

By: on 1 April 2024
Loved building this kit. Very happy with how it turned out. This was my first ever guitar kit and I'd recommend it to anyone considering giving it a go. I upgraded a few parts, replaced the inlays & did some fretwork. Overall super happy with the end product. My own one of a kind.

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Thank you for your feedback! We are glad that you are happy with the kit. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.


By: on 22 February 2024
Well priced, came in super good time. Very well packaged and wrapped. All parts were there. Very happy overall and will bring a strat from them soon

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Tele style kit

By: on 13 August 2023
Nicely finished ,fretts needed virtually no work. Body also was well finished. The body had some sanding sealer then black top coat then gloss coat. Looking great . Hardware was also pretty good , replaced the machine heads with locking and the pickups with zebra split coil humbuckers and 5 way switch. I wil post when finished. Putting it together for my son.

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By: on 6 January 2023
Great little kit, delivered just in time for xmas

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By: on 1 September 2022
Recently just finished up my build of the Telecaster kit, and with some care and some time having gone into it and some quality finishing and preparation work it’s tuned out unreal. Went for a 1952-54 blackguard Tele sort of vibe, some minor relicing and some aging techniques on the body and neck and it’s a stunner. Have had a lot of compliments. I would highly recommend one of those kits if you’re looking to sharpen and hone some skills or want a quality guitar without spending ridiculous sums of money.

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We are truly appreciative of the review and the recommendation that you have left for the DIY kit. Thank you.

Great kit, love it

By: on 10 August 2022
Finally got the time finish this project. This is my 2nd build and honestly it was really easy to put together and looks awesome with the paint job, upgrade both pick up with Artist Bullbucker and sounds even better. Love it so much and planning to replace all the hardwares with the high end stuff in near future, Thank you Artist guitar!

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks so much for your review. We are really glad to know that you love the kit, we'd love to see your finished product soon. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, we're always happy to help.

Review title for DIY tele

By: on 2 June 2022
Still in the making it look good stage. And and fretboard muckaboutary. but so far I'm happy. Saves me messing about with my guitars that are working fine.

Artist Guitars Response
We are glad to hear that you are happy with our product. Thank you for sharing this feedback with us and for the support!

Fun process, soft body wood

By: on 30 May 2022
Was surprised just how soft the poplar body wood is - seems softer than regular pine from hammerbarn! This made it very easy to carve in belly and arm comfort curves (used a chisel), but also meant it was really easy to ding and dent while working on it. The maple neck is nice and hard, but I’m not a fan of the eco fretboard… but it dose look good, nice and dark. I was planning on going with a natural oil/poly type finish, but the 3 piece poplar body didn’t look so good after a few coats, the grains were just too different, and the oils made the glue joints stand out too much, so I ended up letting it cure, sanding it back a bit and spaying it with some rustoleum undercoat, gloss colour and a matte clear coat. I did the headstock with the same colour, but kept the back of the neck natural with an oil/poly/turps mix, and it looks and feels awesome - silky smooth and not glossy at all. The frets are well finished, and didn’t need any attention which is good, and the truss rod dose what it should. My only grip is that the predrilled holes for the bridge aren’t quite right - the low E A and D strings are a bit out of alignment, a few mm in towards middle of the fretboard. You can see they’re not aligned over the top of the neck pickups pole pieces. The higher strings all seem to line up though, and after loosening the bridge screws and trying to get it lining up correctly it’s a little better, but still a bit off, and there’s no more wiggle room within the predrilled holes. I was surprised how good the pickups are - I was thinking that if I like the guitar after it was built I’d replace them, but I’ll be keeping them in for now. They’re not amazing, but “for the money” they’re ok. Seems to be a comfortable neck profile, and it’s a light guitar. Not sure how my spay finish will hold up, and the body wood it so soft I don’t have high hopes for it, especially with my thin coats of colour and clear, but it feels ok to play and sounds ok too.

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Amazing bit of kit

By: on 22 March 2022
I honestly was not expecting this to be so good for the price. I figured I'd have some fun and end up with something decent to play, but it has become my number 1 and favourite to play. I did upgrade the tuners, the bridge pickup to an Artist Bullbucker (my favourite pickup), made a bone nut to replace the stock plastic one and did some fret dressing, but for the price point I expected that. I am really surprised how good it feels and sounds, I rarely put it down and now I want to build another!

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We really appreciate it for taking the time to leave feedback and are glad to know that you are satisfied with our products and services.

Great fun

By: on 25 February 2022
Building this kit has been fantastic, I've been learning a lot about how everything goes together. Would highly recommend it to someone looking for a fun DIY Project.

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Thanks for your review! We appreciate the support. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, we're always happy to help!

I'll be back...

By: on 2 February 2022
I've built a few kits over the years of varying quality, I was absolutely bowelled over by the quality of this one. I'll definitely be back for another... I'm thinking purple...I have a couple of EMG's in the parts box...A Jim Root/Grimace hybrid. For the price, the possibilities are endless. That old DiMarzio super distortion.... An Esquire on steroids...

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We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the DIY kit. Thank you for leaving it a review. We truly appreciate it.

Insane fun!

By: on 11 January 2022
I bought this on a whim for a bit of fun. Custom paint blah blah. Too impatient so threw together as soon as I opened the box. Playing very shortly after and what a laugh! It looks and sounds great! I have other Artist guitars and like ‘em all.

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Thanks for your review! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all!

My first build - A great experience

By: on 5 February 2021
This was my first guitar build - and with the help of countless you-tube videos I'm really happy with the result. Won't be my last! All the crucially important steps lined up and worked perfectly: fitting the neck to the body, truss rod adjustment, ,bridge saddles. I've now got a guitar with better sustain and tuning stability than my shop-bought Gretch! The mostly flat TC style body makes it a great choice for your first attempt at a guitar finish.


By: on 18 January 2021
This is my third kit from Artist and the value for money & efficiency of despatch & packaging have been excellent. I haven't completely assembled this TCDIY kit yet. The frets are nice & even with smooth edges & the neck needed only a minor tweak to the truss rod. The raw wood grain looks great with only a fine sand before clear finishing ? or painting ? All in all, an excellent buy !

Great value TC DIY Guitar by Sam

By: on 17 January 2021
This is the second Artist guitar kit (Telecaster style) I have purchased ( & the cheapest). The kit came well packaged-nothing damaged. I haven't assembled it yet but the neck/frets doesn't need any fettling-just a tiny truss rod adjustment. The raw body,which has a nice grain, will need only some fine sanding before painting or clear finishing. If the electronics are as good as my previous purchase ( a Les Paul style) , I'll be a happy man. When it's assembled & running I'll see if it needs any upgrade


By: on 13 January 2021
Very impressed.As a pre-order,Artist gave me weekly updates on delivery date.Kit looks of high quality.My only problem is what colour to finish it in.Would recommend this to anyone. Thanks Artist,keep up the great work and service.

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