Could DIY guitars built from kits sell?

Q&A Woodworking Forum IndexCategory: Guitar MakingCould DIY guitars built from kits sell?
Westfarthing Woodworks asked 8 months ago

Can I build and sell kit guitars for a profit? What would make them worth the money?

1 Answers
Brian answered 8 months ago

Anything that you build has the potential to be sold for a profit. However, it really depends on how well you build those guitar kits and what makes them more special than buying a handmade acoustic guitar.

The kit is a really good way of getting into making guitars, but eventually you’ll end up branching off and making a lot of the parts and materials yourself.

If you don’t have a lot of tools in the beginning, it can be much easier to start with kits because most of the milling and intense machining work is already done for you.

On top of that you’re going to spend extra money because those kits were already serviced and the parts were already created. That significantly increases your materials cost. Again if you need to buy a bunch of tools up front, the difference in price can be worth it temporarily.

Over time however, you do want to switch your focus to making all your own parts yourself and thereby lowering your cost of production.

This will directly influence how much profit you make when you sell your instruments.

Happy building.

See Also: 50 Things I Wish I Knew When I started Making Guitars

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