Mahogany Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Bolt-on Neck

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Quality parts made by Stewart-MacDonald! The highest quality Dreadnought kits available, with solid bookmatched grade-AAA back, sides and soundboard for great tone.

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Mahogany Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Bolt-on Neck

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Quality parts made by Stewart-MacDonald! The highest quality Dreadnought kits available, with solid bookmatched grade-AAA back, sides and soundboard for great tone.

NEW: Shaped slotted bone nut and shaped saddle included.

We manufacture these kits right here in our own shop, so every part is of quality wood and machined for accurate fit.

No other instrument kits give you this level of instructional detail:

Full-size plan and bracing template
Building an Acoustic Guitar Kit DVD
Sold separately for $39.95, yours FREE with this kit!
Learn more about it...
Acoustic Kit Assembly Instructions, 36 pages of photos and
diagrams to guide you through every stage of construction.

Build a fine quality guitar you can be proud of!

"People who saw the finished instrument were astonished that it came from a kit... Anyone wanting to begin a guitarmaking career this way won't be disappointed. All the components are high grade and meant to last a lifetime."
— John Calkin, American Lutherie
Read more from the review for American Lutherie

A hands-on course in guitar making.
We include full-size plans drawn by Don MacRostie, who designed our kits based on prized vintage Martins. The kits are adapted for the small shop so you won't need factory tools. We do the precision machine work, so you can hand build a great guitar.

We include illustrated assembly instructions and a FREE DVD, Building an Acoustic Guitar Kit! This DVD demonstrates the process in a way that would take a book to fully describe — and you can see what you'll be doing before you do it yourself. No other instrument kits give you this level of instructional detail!

These kits and instructional material are a solid introduction to guitarmaking.

These are great sounding guitars!
You get a bookmatched AAA mahogany back and side set. The AAA solid spruce top has been thickness-sanded and profiled. We've slotted the rosewood fingerboard, included pre-cut inlays and a genuine bone nut and saddle.

The bolt-on neck joint is machined for an accurate fit, saving you hours of complicated work. Width at the nut is approximately 1-3/4". Only the final trimming and sanding are required.

Included in the kit is a Hot Rod Truss Rod, to make the neck two-way adjustable.

Save time, save tools.
You don't need to tool up for critical machine work like side bending, shaping the neck and cutting the heel joint. You'll hand build and finish an heirloom quality instrument.

Solid AAA tonewoods: spruce and mahogany with rosewood bridge and fingerboard
Precision-machined neck joint
Precut heavy cardboard molds for trouble-free body assembly
Detailed instructions, DVD and builder's plans included FREE!
Hundreds of our kits have been built by first-time builders and
experienced luthiers

View the complete parts list for the Dreadnought Guitar Kit (PDF file 105KB).

Recommended tools and supplies
See the Instructions page for a complete list of what you'll need to build your kit.

You add the tuners.
From years of supplying kits to builders we know that you'll want to choose the finishing touches, so tuners and strings are not included. To personalize your guitar, see our selection for the tuning machines of your choice.

"What tools do I need to build a kit?"
Our experienced luthiers recommend the right tools to make your build easier and more professional: Tools for Building the Dreadnought Guitar Kit

Customize your kit to be a left-handed instrument.
Though our guitar kits are intended for right-handed players, the soundboard bracing patterns can be reversed to build a left-handed instrument. You can make a left-handed bridge from scratch using one of our bridge blanks.

Product Instructions

Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Kit

John Calkin's review of Stewart-MacDonald's acoustic guitar kit, as published in American Lutherie.

Product Instructions

Dreadnought Guitar Kit

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

Ratings & Reviews

Mahogany Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Bolt-on Neck

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I'm super happy

By Gustav from Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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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By fred vachet from france
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 16, 2013

everything is perfect in this kit, woods quality!! plans and video, the resulting sound is excellent good balance and power, that said, not so easy to do, my experience in violin making helped me a lot, this is the first guitar I make and I intend to repeat the experience, thanks to Stewart-MacDonald!

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By Bill L from Danbury, Wisconson
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 15, 2013

kit makes a very fine guitar, excellent instructions and video

Be Careful!!!!!!!

By Derrick B. from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I had a lot of fun building this guitar. I am a beginner in the world of building. I had built a parts-caster the past summer and I thought, why not drop $500 on the table and build an acoustic!? The kit took me about 2 months to complete. It all depends on how often you work at it though. I put in some long days using stupid little hand tools laying around my garage. Just to clarify, i didn't use a shop or shop tools. I basically did everything by hand except for the binding routing which is a load of fun if you're a first timer! One tip to start, if you don't have files or chisels get some because you are going to need them, and when you're impatient like me, you'll try to use something else instead and you'll mess things up so just get yourself the right tools to start with. There's a trapeze tailpiece on it because my neck angle was off and the height of a traditional acoustic saddle wouldn't compensate. The bone nut was bending and looked like it was going to break from the pressure of the strings. So I needed something stronger. I dropped another $60 on the tailpiece and the new bridge. But it worked! Don't let me scare you away from trying it, though. It's an extremely rewarding experience and you really do come out with a great sounding guitar. Stewart McDonald gives you a really good start with some high quality woods and such. I bought the mahogany bolt-on. You can't really blame them for anything that goes wrong because its most likely a result of your impatience when something goes wrong. And one more thing: when you first get the thing, don't rip it out of the box and start gluing stuff together like I did. The first step of the whole build can mess up your neck angle. Just saying. Overall this is a great kit and think twice before buying ... but on that third time you think about it just click the buy it button.

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By BENMA from Lyon France
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 14, 2011

La guitare est finie. Elles est superbe. Le son est magique. C'est une guitare qui en commerce vaut dans les 2000 Ç. Great guitar, the sound is really amazing. It sounds like a 2000 Ç Guitar. I need to buy another one. Thank You. Benma

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By BENMA from Lyon France
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 09, 2011

La commande du Kit a TtT parfaitement livrTe. Les piFces bien emballTes. La vidTo est claire, le manuel est plus prFcis et indispensable. Les bois table, fond et Tclises sont de qualitT. Les barrages sont bien taillTs. Le manche est bien profilT. Le montage est facile. Quelques piFces a acheter en plus, pour plus d'esthTtique: le pickgard noir non protTgT et lTgFrement rayT, les pins noirs du chevalet pas trFs TlTgants. Super Achat. For non French people speaking, it's real a very good purchase: overall rating; between good and excellent

My second Build.

By James Bell from Kooralbyn Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 25, 2011

Just completed my second build of a Stew Mac Dreadnought kit. The second effort has been so much easier and I have developed the confidence to add my personal touches this time. This one is for grandson number one and with five more I guess I'll be busy over the next few years. The Stew Mac kits are beautifully presented in a fashion that makes a make a home build really achievable.

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