335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

About This Item

If you only had one guitar...
...a 335 can do anything!

You know the sound of a 335 as soon as you hear it. Clear and full or warm and thick, it's a guitar that pushed the limits of what the electric guitar could do, from the streets of Chicago to the stage at Royal Albert Hall. From rock to jazz to blues, the 335 will change the way you play, sound, and think about the guitar.

Since 1958, this semi-hollow guitar has defied convention. Designed to bridge the gap between the warm tone of fully hollow guitars and the sustain and feedback resistance of solid body guitars, the 335 excels at any musical application. And their style, with elegant curves and clean lines is undeniable.

Now anyone can build this icon on their first try. A difficult guitar to make from scratch, we've worked long and hard to finally bring you this guitar as one of our kits. We've taken out the guesswork, and this guitar is ready to build straight from the box.

Build this unique, high quality kit
You've seen countless Strat, Tele, and LP kits, but it's not everyday you see a 335, especially one that has the quality you're looking for. Building this style of guitar is nearly impossible for beginners, and very time consuming for an experienced builder. This kit is just as easy to build with our step-by-step instructions!

We've done the hardest parts—we glued the body to the center block, and routed for the pickups, f-holes, and hardware.

Each of our kits comes with the neck individually matched and fit to each body, for a perfect fit. No need to worry about getting the neck angle just right, we've dialed it in for you.

These kits come with top quality appointments, the tops are beautifully flamed, the body and fretboard are bound, with classic dot inlays. We've got the ColorTone Lacquers and Finishes (cherry is a good choice!) to make this guitar look as amazing as you imagined.

We made sure our kit had all the details right—the routing is clean, the binding is straight, and the top is stunning. You don't need to spend hours fixing a kit before you even start to build.

First-time builder? No sweat.
You don't need a workshop, and there's a good chance you already own all the tools you'll need to get the job done. This kit comes with our step-by-step, beginner-friendly instructions and our highly knowledgeable staff of guitar techs are just a phone call away.

StewMac has you covered, so you can enjoy the build.

    Your kit includes everything you'll need:
  • Pressed laminate semi-hollow body with center block—just like the originals
  • Premium flame maple top veneer
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Neck pocket, pickup cavities and bridge holes are all drilled and routed for the perfect placement and fit
  • Shaped mahogany neck has a 2-way truss rod installed
  • Bound granadillo fingerboard comes pre-installed with frets and traditional dot pearloid inlays
  • Peghead is ready for your personal custom shape
  • Pre-slotted nut for perfect action
  • Chrome plated hardware—from sealed tuners to strap buttons
  • Traditional tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece
  • Humbucking pickups with chrome covers
  • Quality potentiometers, caps and wire
  • Output jack
  • Cream pickup rings, cover plates and accessories
  • Traditional gold top-hat bell knobs
  • Truss rod wrench
  • And we even include 2 sets of strings and an output cord


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335-Style Electric Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the 335-Style Electric Guitar Kit.

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3.0

Ok for a beginner, but beware of the instructions

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This was a good kit for the wood. I pitched the pickups, jack, switch, knobs, and wiring and made it a little more high class. Even at that, I had to sand two large glue globs off of the top that weren't visible until I applied the first stain. These globs weren't anywhere around the binding; they were just big blobs on the top near the two F holes.

I would ignore two things about the instructions. (1) The instructions would have you assemble the instrument, then finish it. That's ridiculous. Finish the neck and body first (leave any finish off of the neck joint), and then assemble it. (2) Do not follow the wiring diagram. If you do, you'll find you have visible wires through the F holes. There are plenty of wiring diagrams via Google for an ES-335 that show you how to wire AROUND the F holes. It looks much more professional that way.

5.0

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

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I chose this kit... had challenges and asked for assistance, my dealing with stewmac was very positive. Am so happy with customer interaction that I ordered more stuff (nut, tuners, tools) and added the membership. I like buying from people I like.

4.0

Ideal for practice

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Verified Buyer


It became practice of various work such as sunburst wood staining, head shaping, inlay production.
The production process was very fun.
As a product, some parts are not colored due to the adhesive attached to the body, or the frets are uneven if the frets are not firmly fitted, but it is important to enjoy them rather than seeking perfection I thought.
Thank you!

1.0

Good instructions with a Chinese kit

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Having shopped all of the similar kits available I was very excited to see stewmac offering their own kit for a semihollow guitar. When it arrived I was stunned to see that it was the same generic Chinese kit offered by half a dozen online sellers. Though I appreciate the time stewmac put into the manual it read more like a shopping catalog for other stewmac products. Though stewmac states they’ve done all the hard work like neck fit and fretting it’s actually not something done by stewmac in house whatsoever and that outsourced QC failed to notice chipout in the fingerboard hat was caught under the frets. Good service and I was able to return but was not impressed with the fit/finish for what is offered in near identical form (sometimes even with bound f holes) for $180-$225. If you follow stewmac’s instructions and use the suggested products (I would suggest springing for higher end hardware and electronics all around) I have no doubt you will have a great instrument.

4.0

guitar kit 335

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Verified Buyer


the kit was ok i would of lit a gold hardware set for it. with this in mind i got what i needed from the internet to make this the way i would like it. also i found some nice marks on the first feat board i should be able to sand them out i bought filler from your company so hopefully this will work. other
then that so far ok

5.0

Looking good!

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Verified Buyer


Got the kit when it went on sale a few months ago. I wanted to try a kit for some time and I couldn’t resist the sale price. First kit had funky alignment for tuning heads. Called customer service and had a new kit in 3 days. Btw CS was great! New kit looked so much better so I went for it. Neck pocket could have been tighter but not bad (as if I actually know what i’m doing lol). Wanted a different color from guitars I have so I went with a blue burst. Color Tone liquid stain black brought out the figure in the top and blue stain for the overall color. Finished it out and with some tweaking I’m loving it. I haven’t worked on the frets yet but I figure it only gets better. Have an issue with the volume pots to attenuate overall volume. Pulled pots out to check wiring and it seems correct according to the manual that came with the kit (I noticed discrepancies in documentation so I don’t know if I screwed up or if the the instructions are wrong). Plan is to play for a few weeks and if I’m still happy I’ll upgrade the harness and pickups. I have black pickup collars and will get a black pick guard to finish it off. I think I see an LP or SG kit in my future the next time they go on sale!

4.0

Good kit but not great

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Verified Buyer


Parts all fit together well when it arrived but there was a lot of glue mess on the body, one patch that I didn't notice until I started dyeing. The build is not finished but I was disappointed to see a smear where dye wouldn't take.

Response from StewMac


Hello Eric,
We are very sorry to hear that your 335 kit had some glue mess on the body. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We would prefer you give us a call so we can get some more information. Please contact our Customer Service 1-800-848-2273 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST), and we'd be happy to provide you with further assistance at that time. Once again, we apoloigze for any inconveniecnes and look forward to helping you with this.

4.0

Fun guitar kit...can't wait to finish it

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Verified Buyer


This is my second kit project. the first was a Stewart Macdonald tenor ukulele. That was a great kit with really good instructions and videos. This ES 335 kit has very good instructions, but no videos that follow the instruction book. The wood and hardware are good. I'm waiting to hear how good the pickups are, and may change them out with better S/M pickups or another brand. It depends on the overall quality of the finished guitar. I am finishing the body and neck before I glue the body and neck together. This is out of order from the instructions. The body will be a high gloss finish, the neck will have a satin finish. The headstock will be high gloss as well. But so far, I'm happy with the kit and looking forward to the completed product.

5.0

Great custom flame top 335

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Verified Buyer


I added substantial upgrades (Lollar Charlie Christian neck pup; split coil golden age humbucker bridge pup, trapeze tail piece, pearl body inlays, chrome knobs, truss rod cover & 3-way, & 18:1 Gotoh tuners). Finished with golden fruitwood dye & french polish. StewMac techs are always helpful with mods. Couldn't be happier with final result; sounds and looks great.

5.0

certainly glad

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Verified Buyer


I'm very happy with the kit, more so with the packing,. when I received my kit it looked like it had been kicked around and run over, but I opened it, it was in perfect shape. So my thanks to your shipping department for a job well done. Oh yes and the instructions well done so my thanks StewMac.

William Nelson.

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