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Dreadnought Guitar Kit

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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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Dreadnought Guitar Kit
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5295 Mahogany, dovetail neck Yes

5296 Rosewood, dovetail neck Yes

5293 Mahogany, bolt-on neck Yes

5294 Rosewood, bolt-on neck Yes

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material
Snakewood Bridge Pins with Shell Inlay

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 back and side set, available in rosewood or mahogany. 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.

Choose a bolt-on neck or a traditional dovetail—both are 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, rosewood and mahogany
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.

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Dreadnought Guitar Kit
Dreadnought Guitar Kit
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4 3-09-2011
Dreadnought Kit

La commande du Kit a été parfaitement livrée. Les pièces bien emballées. La vidéo est claire, le manuel est plus prècis et indispensable. Les bois table, fond et éclises sont de qualité. Les barrages sont bien taillés. Le manche est bien profilé. Le montage est facile. Quelques pièces à acheter en plus, pour plus d'esthétique: le pickgard noir non protégé et légèrement rayé,les pins noirs du chevalet pas très élégants. Super Achat.For non French people speaking, It's real a very good purchase: overall rating; between good and excellent

BENMA  Lyon France Read my reviews (2)
5 2-27-2011

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!

Grumplehorn  America
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5 2-25-2011
My second Build.

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.

James Bell  Kooralbyn Australia
5 2-08-2011
Dreadnought Kit

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.

Archtop  USA Read my reviews (9)
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5 12-07-2010
My Daughters Guitar

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.

David Strychalski  Austin, Tx Read my reviews (2)
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4 11-19-2010
Killer Axe

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!

Bryan D. Cozort  Olmsted Falls, OH Read my reviews (4)
5 11-07-2010
The very best dreadnought kit available!

After opening the box I was immediately surprised by the quality of its contents. Each part was as if I hand selected it myself. Not one single flaw! The instructional DVD was the best and very informative. The finished product looks and sounds as good as any guitar hanging in any shop I have encountered. This will be the beginning of many more guitar builds!! Thank you Stew Mac!!!

Dickie Lee  U.K.
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5 8-22-2010

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

Craig Bissett  Sutton, Alaska
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5 8-04-2010
Very good kit

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

Yaron Naor  Bat Hefer, Israel Read my reviews (16)
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