Luthier John Calkin built and reviewed our rosewood acoustic guitar kit for American Lutherie, the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers, Winter 2000. Here are some highlights:
"Anyone wanting to begin a guitarmaking career this way won't be disappointed... The materials are of excellent quality... All the components in the Stew-Mac kit, whether wood, ivoroid, or hardware, are high grade and meant to last a lifetime."
"The guitar is punchy and loud, just about all one could wish from a dreadnought."
"Without embellishing the kit you should end up with a guitar comparable to any in the $2,000 range. The components are top notch, and the high quality of Stew-Mac's work will give you something to shoot for. And though much of the tricky work is done, completing this guitar should certainly fill you with a sense of accomplishment."
John also sent us this note: "I'll be using some of the tips in the construction video for a long time to come. Building this guitar was a real pleasure, not unlike building from scratch. The sense of satisfaction in a job well done is much the same either way, and people who saw the finished instrument were astonished that it came from a kit."