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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

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$506.59

StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

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$525.00

StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

Item # 5294
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$525.00

StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Torrified Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Torrified Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

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$538.59

StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Rosewood Back & Sides

Item # 5294-T
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$538.59


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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit

About This Item

Torrefied tops now available!
Build a great sounding dreadnought-size guitar from AAA-grade tonewoods. Start with the advantage of precision machining from our Ohio shop.

  • Carved mahogany neck
  • Accurately bent sides
  • Bookmatched back, joined and cut to shape
  • AAA spruce top with soundhole and rosette channel
  • Slotted fingerboard, ready for frets

Designed with your success in mind
With the kit, you get a lot of help to make sure your guitar turns out great. The full-size blueprint is modeled after a prized vintage Martin, and shows exactly how every part fits. A sturdy cardboard body mold holds the guitar sides in the perfect contour as you build.

The instruction book is really a short course in guitarmaking, by luthiers Todd Sams and Dan Erlewine; no other kit has anything like it. Todd and Dan made the step-by-step DVD that's included with the kit, too (a $39.95 value). From start to finish, these guitarmakers guide you to a successful build.

You don't need a big shop
We've done the critical machining, so the neck joint and other parts fit well right from the start.

A slotted bone nut and shaped bone saddle are included, along with inlays, bindings and our two-way Hot Rod truss rod. (We know that tuning machines are something you'll prefer to choose for yourself.)

New torrefied spruce option
Choose a torrefied spruce top for the stability, tone and look of well-aged vintage wood. This high-temperature, low-oxygen kiln drying improves the wood, similar to decades of natural aging.

    Included in our kits:
  • Solid AAA tonewoods: spruce, rosewood and mahogany
  • Precisely machined neck joint at the 14-fret, dovetail or bolt-on
  • Bridge pins, end pin, frets, pickguard, bindings, rosette and trim
  • Hot Rod two-way adjustable truss rod
  • Precut heavy cardboard moldsĀ for trouble-free body assembly
  • Full-size blueprint and bracing template
  • Illustrated 36-page spiral-bound instruction book
  • Step-by-step DVD: Building an Acoustic Guitar Kit

View the complete parts list (PDF file 105KB).

What tools do you need to build this kit?
Our kit instructions has a complete list of all tools and supplies needed. We offer easy-to-order sets of the tools that kit builders find most useful.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Dreadnought Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Dreadnought Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.

John Calkin's Review of StewMac's Acoustic Guitar Kit

Luthier John Calkin built and reviewed our rosewood acoustic guitar kit for American Lutherie, the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

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Neck

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THE Neck from THE pakket is not so flat als nessosurry. (Sorry for my english) I need to have à good one. All THE rest is super.
Grtz
Frank Schoofs

5.0

perfect for beginners 

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Good choice for first build!

5.0

Outstanding in all ways

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Whether your a beginner or seasoned pro, these packs are an amazing base to produce very very fine instruments equal to anything on the market, the level only depends on your skills and creativity. Not only does Stewmac deliver these products in an incredibly economical and short time from the other side of the world, their level of customer service and backup support I have never ever experienced in all my years of business.
Regards
Russell Collins, Luthier, Bunbury Western Australia

5.0

I got the rosewood kit and love it!!!!

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Been wanting to build a guitar forever now I am thanks to some friends and Stewmac I am !!!!!!!

5.0

Great sounding copy of a famous model guitar

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Great Kit .I had the same issue as Steve from Texas, keeping the sides perpendicular when gluing the endblocks. I also removed wood from the joint on the fingerboard side, (which according to the instructions is not typical).
I followed instructions well ,and it was correct from that point, but it must have gotten a little off somewhere along the way. Not by much mind you, but I wonder if the cardboard body mold is just not stiff enough,and allows some slight shifting during the build. I would certainly use an exterior style mold like the StewMac Acoustic Guitar Body Mold # 4738 ,next build. Use a triple bend truss rod wrench, Item # 6212, to access the truss rod nut.

5.0

Excellent supply and great experience

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The quality of the woods, the design at the basis of the kit itself and the instructions, make this labor a great experience. At the end, the resulting guitar seems to me very good. Also the support is ready, precise, qualified and highly professional.

5.0

Totally satisfied with this kit

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I assembled and finished this kit over a period of several months, working some weekends and evenings. The process was extended a little by making some tools to make it easier, such as a go-bar deck and spool clamps. Overall a very enjoyable experience that I plan to repeat on the 000 kit. I went with the rosewood back and sides, with bolt-on neck to keep it as simple as I could since this was my first project of this type. The average shop will have a lot of the tools required but be forewarned that you will find yourself buying some things just to make the job easier. In particular a good selection of files, scrapers, clamps and other hand tools is essential. I used the Stewmac file set (four basic files) on almost every procedure of the project. Access to a bandsaw and drill press is a huge plus. The materials are first-rate. I would put them up against those found in most any commercial guitar in the $1000 to $2000 price range. One very small flaw, a tiny knot in one half of the bookmatched rosewood back, but otherwise pretty much perfect. I feel pretty sure Stewmac would have swapped it out if I had sent it back but it doesn't really bother me. The instructions are great, very detailed, as is the DVD included. Experienced kit builders might choose to substitute wood bindings and add some things like a back inlay; really this guitar is pretty basic except for the herringbone, but you could go nuts and add whatever you want to make it more custom. I chose to assemble it without changing anything. I think I'm maybe one more kit away from having the confidence to try a scratch build. Some of the methods are a little clunky when compared to pro methods, primarily I'm talking about the cardboard body molds and waist clamp. It's a little difficult to keep the sides perpendicular when gluing the endblocks. I ended up having to adjust the neck angle by removing wood from the joint on the fingerboard side, which according to the instructions is not typical. So it got off somehow, but not in any way that affected the outcome. I plan to build some molds for future projects. I bought the Stewmac aerosol finishing kit, which includes sufficient materials to finish the guitar unless you have to do significant rework, which I did for reasons unrelated to kit quality or instructions. Even the rework was a pleasure, and I learned some things about fixing flaws. Overall it turned out great, sounds terrific, and is something I'll treasure as long as I live. I'm including a photo of the finished project - doesn't really do it justice, but everyone who has played it or seen it has been pretty impressed.

5.0

An excellent experience!

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I have over 55 years of woodworking experience but this was my first attempt at a fine musical instrument. The kit materials are quite good and a pleasure to work with. As a woodworker, I could not bring myself to use the plastic purfling, end-cap, etc, so I substituted maple and used snakewood for the bridge pegs. I think this makes an order of magnitude improvement in the beauty of the instrument though it is a little more susceptible to damage. I grain-filled the rosewood body and mahogany neck. I found the instructions (DVD and booklet) to be adequate, however the description of the use of the angled sanding board is less than enlightening. The angle between the sides and the top or back varies around the periphery, and the instructions do not address thatà so I built a screw-adjustable sanding board to allow me to sand the lining to measured and calculated angles to get a smooth transition between the tail and end-block angles around the sides. I guess that an experienced luthier could do this by eye; StewMac could use some improvement in the instructions in this area for the rest of us. Further, if I build another one, I will definitely make a wooden construction mold and not use the cardboard. It just isn't precise and robust enough, especially with regard to holding the neck block firmly oriented and maintaining lateral dimensions. I would also make a waist clamp that squeezes on rather than slides on to protect the side wood better. Even though I have an extensive shop, I found that I had to buy a load æo specialized tools to do this kit right. Pretty expensive, but an incentive to amortize the cost over several kits. Besides, one can never have too many toolsà I put a piezo pickup under the saddle just as an experiment and am gratified with the sound. A real joy to build and play! Excellent technical support from StewMac too!

5.0

great kit

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great quality and very quick delivery. I¦ve now bought 3 kits. no problems at all!

5.0

I'm super happy

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This build has been very rewarding. It was my first ever attempt at something like this. The material is good. The instructions were a bit vague at some points but since I now have a fabulous guitar I guess they're OK. The costumer support is far better than i've ever experienced on or offline. Since I live in Sweden where options are few I do quite alot of online shopping so I have alot of costumer services to compare it with. The description on the web page stated that there would be a bone nut blank in the kit. I got a ready made nut. Routing for the binding and purfling was the worst. Consider getting a binding router tower or something similar, that will save you a lot of stress hormones and keep that belly fat away for a while longer. As a first time builder you'll put a lot of money on specialty tools. This may seem very expensive for one guitar and that's exactly what I thought. The thing is that there seems to be no such thing as building only one guitar. I will build more for sure :)

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