Rosewood 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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Rosewood 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 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 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 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Rosewood Dreadnought Guitar Kit with Dovetail Neck

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Rosewood Dreadnaught

By Davids Luthier from Dexter, Maine
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 09, 2013


A really good guitar is the result of my purchase. The kit was very fun to make but somewhat daunting for my first guitar. The plans and video were very well done and answered most of my questions. I made one quick call to Stewmac on something I did not understand and that got me back on track. I got the dovetail neck version but next time I will try the bolt on. I think it would be easier to build but most importantly if there was a problem and the neck had to be removed it would simplify the situation. I did the lacquer finish, 13 coats on the body and 18 on the neck. Not very easy and quite expensive and time consuming if you do it correctly. But it produced excellent results. I would highly recommend this kit if you want a great guitar.

StewMac Dreadnought Guitar

By Dan Schultz from Stillwater, Mn
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 25, 2013


This D-28 replica guitar has had time now to set in. Built in 2010, my 1st ever, it sounded great right away and 3 Years later sounds even better. I have had nothing but compliments on this instrument! This guitar is an American Classic in its own right!! I found the instructions very helpful but the video did the trick as you "SEE" how it is done. All of the materials were 1st rate and I have used what I learned building this kit to delve in to other acoustic projects. This hobbiest gives 2 thumbs up!!!!

She loves her guitar

By Antonio Simao from Traverse City, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I wanted to give my daughter, for her 16th birthday, something different... something that she would remember for a long time. She is a great singer and guitar player, soà I decided to committed myself to this project. This was my first kit ever that require glue! I had zero experience, but I was welling to learn. It was a very rewarding to build this guitar. Thank you Steward MacDonald for helping me to build memories that will live for the rest of my days.

2nd Dreadnought Kit

By David Strychalski from Austin, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 04, 2011


This is my second kit from Stewmac. The first one was for my daughter and she is still amazed that I made it and it is her pride and joy. As with the first kit, the second kit's materials was first rate and the technical support from staff was exceptional. I am very proud of both guitars and look forward to building another. I wish all the people at Stewmac a very merry Christmas. God bless you and your families.

Rosewood Dreadnought guitar kit

By Greg Tackett from Los Angeles, Ca, U.S. OF A.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 13, 2011


So this will be review number 1 for the kit guitar. This is the WOW I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW NICE THE WOOD IS review. I got a great looking kit well packed and am sure I am about to have A LOT OF FUN. GREAT KIT STEWMAC!!! I will post pics and a review of the finished product later.

GREAT LEARNING EXP

By Grumplehorn from America
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 27, 2011


My first guitar building exp. I learned a lot and I found the wood to be superb. The sound I'm getting, couldn't be more excited. Check it out!

My Daughters Guitar

By David Strychalski from Austin, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 07, 2010


I've always wanted to build a guitar. My daughter graduates from college this Christmas, so I purchased the dreadnought kit from Stewmac and started in August. The materials and technical support was just amazing. I finished the guitar the first week in December. It will be a great present under the tree. I can't wait to get another kit after the holidays and begin again. Thank you all at Stewmac and Merry Christmas.

Very good kit

By Yaron Naor from Bat Hefer, Israel
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Accurate, with all the parts, easy to assemble and nice results, better to buy a wooden binding instead of the plastic supplied with the kit. Yaron Naor



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