Rosewood 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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Rosewood 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.
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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Totally satisfied with this kit

By Steve Fillipp from Lubbock, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 07, 2014


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.

An excellent experience!

By Geoff Stearns from Springfield, Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 23, 2014


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!

Rosewood bolt-on

By Luc from Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 06, 2013


First build and I was extremely happy with the product and service received. The end result was a great sounding guitar that I can't put down. I'm hooked and can't wait to build another.

My best guitar

By Phil C from Selkirk, MB
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 01, 2012


My first build and it went pretty well. Some minor differences between the manual and video so you study both and make up your mind. Access to truss rod is tough due to lateral sound hole brace and location of neck bolts. Enlarged hole in neck block before assembly and use alan key socket on socket wrench for adjustment. The tinted filler is tough to use to both fill and not leave surface residue. If sfc cleaned well the pores tend to scoop out. If pores well filled the sfc residue is so hard to get off you wind up sanding through the stain and starting over. Definitely level the frets after assembly. Nice sound, good booming bass and strong mids in balance with high tones. Sounds way better than my previous instrument.

Dreadnought Guitar Kit

By Kevin Breeze from Tura Beach NSW Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I haven't started building the kit yet. I'm going to take my time over this. If it's your first guitar build like me you'll need quite a few tools so keep this in mind if you're counting the pennies. Everything looks to be of exceptional quality and the DVD and book look to have enough information the get throught this exercise OK.

Dreadnaught Kit

By Paul Howarth from England
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Great guitar kit with a lot of hard work already taken care of, the bolt on neck I chose was much easier to use than the traditional dovetail and pinned mortice and tennon joints I've used in the past, the only downside for me was the plastic binding that came with the kit although as I understand it Ivoroid cannot be shipped to England, so I made some from flamed Maple that I had lying around and got a little creative inlaying some celtic knotwork also cut from maple.... all in all a great way to build a great guitar!

Love it

By Bill Scanlon from Keller, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Great quality wood in this kit. Fits together well and produces a great sounding guitar with all the power and tone you'd expect from a high end instrument. My son-in-law likes it better than his Martin D-16

Dreadnought Kit

By Archtop from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 08, 2011


The StewMac Dreadnought kit is a high quality kit that has everything you need to build a beautiful acoustic guitar. There is not a more thoroughly documented kit available. It has a beautiful full size set of plans to work from, a printed manual, and a DVD. This kit will help you successfully build a beautiful six-string acoustic guitar.



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