Rosewood Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Bolt-on Neck

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Rosewood Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Bolt-on Neck

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 rosewood 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 rosewood
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.

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Great sounding copy of a famous model guitar

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


Excellent supply and great experience

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


Totally satisfied with this kit

(Customer's Reviews)

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.

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