The kit comes with everything you need and although it is a kit there is still room to be creative and build an instrument that will be truly unique. Having some experience with wood working I did some inlay work with mother of pearl and shaped the fret board so pleasing to the eye as well as the ear. easy to follow directions step by step guide you from start to strings. Mine sounds and plays wonderful too. I am so proud to show and tell my friends that yes, I made this !! I wish this review would let me post some pictures ??