Mahogany Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Dovetail 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 Dovetail 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.
Read instructions...

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 traditional dovetail 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 Dovetail Neck

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great kit

By ebba19 from stockholm
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 10, 2013

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

Sounds as nice as it looks

By Kevin W. from United States
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 25, 2013

I should say, sounds easier than it looks. It's tough. No joke. I have done fine woodworking in the past and own many of the required tools and still needed special scrapers, files, glues, knives and laminating trim bits. The workmanship will definitely show if you fast-path or cut any step. I skipped the body fill and scrape process mainly because after 2 months and about 80 hours of work, I wanted to play my guitar, soon. So the 8 coats of lacquer I applied could not fill the top and back wood grain. Now I occasionally rake my fingernails across the sound board to remind me of what an extra hour or two cost me in quality. Fitting the neck is critical. Get it right. I checked out The Luthiers Handbook from my library and really got into the fine points of how a guitar works and my first reference when moving to the next step. I was just floored when I put strings on for the first. Couldn't believe how crisp and resonant the sound was. After two years now, I have not had to adjust the truss rod at all and only required minimal fret work to eliminate buzz. And wonderfully tight action. Get the neck right. Enjoy. Oh, and I decided to inlay my own brand, North Star Guitars

Unbelievable Value!!!

By Adrian Stuckey from Gold Coast Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013

So well chosen and made. Just follow the instructions.

Great Kit

By Phillip Jones from Jackson, tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Built my first guitar in 2010 with this kit, and the result was great. I have also built the 000 kit, and it too came out very nice. Everything supplied with both kits are as stewmac says. Accurately sawn woods, and a very good instruction manual. Both guitars look and sound great

Dreadnought Guitar Kit

By Les Tomazic from Glendale,az
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 06, 2012

I bought my kit in May 2006. Although I had lots of woodworking experience, I did have a patience issue. I glued the sides incorrectly (so read and reread then dry fit first). I had to order two new sides and StewMac was very quick to fill order and I was back on my way. The one thing I did differently was to get Adirondack Spruce and made my own top and carved bracing with them. The result was a guitar that is a match in tone to my Martin HD28-V. I am sure as it ages it will be superior due to the Red Spruce. My only tip is to read all instructions, get the DVD and watch it at each stage of progress, and if still unsure, give StewMac a call and they will help you.

I Should Have Done This Years Ago

By Adams Guitars from Wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 11, 2011

After years of reading books, articles, and web sites on guitar construction, I finally took the plunge and bought a kit. What a great way to learn by doing! I was very happy with the quality of the parts in the kit and with the directions. If I could go back in time and talk to myself before building the kit, I would recommend that I get the bolt on neck instead of the dovetail neck. I got the dovetail joint to work, but it was very difficult for a first-time builder. Another part of the kit that I thought was difficult was cutting the notch for the X-brace joint. I ended up making new X braces from scratch and leaving the area where the joint is rectangular instead of rounded over. I had to scrap the X brace that came with the kit because my joint was very loose. Other than that, everything else was very enjoyable. I can't wait to start building my next guitar from scratch.


By joe's work shop from milton,fl
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 20, 2011

I am impressed with the quality of the wood and craftsmanship

Killer Axe

By Bryan D. Cozort from Olmsted Falls, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 19, 2010

Had my dred mahogany kit built in 2007 by luthier Jeff L in Warren. From out of the box this was a killer bluegrass axe "banjo killer" with the punch and volume of the typical old d-18. I had the braces forward shifted which may have added to the power. I have had this thing up against prewar d-18s and d-28s and it was right there with them. Now it is undergoing finish work after a hard couple years of beating around at festivals and the top is getting changed with red spruce due to accidental damage but rest assure you will NOT be disappointed in this kit if done right. Thanks STEW Mac!


By Craig Bissett from Sutton, Alaska
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm very pleased with this kit. It comes with all this parts needed to build a fine guitar. The instruction book and DVD make building this guitar something that people wanting to build their own guitar will be able to do. The just built guitar will be their pride and joy. Mine is and is the best guitar I own. Thanks Stew Mac

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