335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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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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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.

4.0

Pretty decently ok

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Verified Buyer


So, I like the kit, I didnt have any major problem s with it, but the neck pocket was nowhere near as tight as the 2 les paul kits I did. There was a LOT more measurement that had to happen to ensure that it was in fact being glued in straight in every direction. At the head stock there was about 1/4 inch play in either direction left to right and one could easily EASILY glue it in to where the strings hang over the fret board.

The only other minor issue I had, is that I really wish there was more flame on the flame top. I'd have been willing to pay a little extra to have more flame.

The tuners and pickups are going in the parts bins, but I already knew that from the LP builds.

The pots as well. I got the CTS kit instead. I do use the original pots for other things, so they are not a loss.

Finally, there were glue prints all over it that I had to remove. I stained the guitar to expose the glue spots, then kept sanding and removing until the areas accepted stain. Maybe not the best approach. Also, they used heavy grit sandpaper on the face and back which left deep grooves. It's hard to tell how far I could sand before eating through the flame.

With that said, overall, I expected to do the work and none of it came as a shock or surprise, so I give it a 4 star. It would have been a solid 5 if the neck pocket were tighter

5.0

Great experience and great result

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Verified Buyer


Interested in building guitar but 335 is not quite achievable for novice home amateur, so I pull the trigger for my first guitar kit. Finally finished and really excited!
I like:
- Nice looking flame maple top
- Fish glue, stain and shellac stewmac provides for easy home applying finish
- Learning and experimenting on staining, finish
- A lot of great time thinking about design and decorating to spec my own guitar
I wish:
- I took more time sanding (but never like sanding myself)
- Position of bridge volume pot hole to be at the right position (too close to neck volume pot compare to the relative distance between tone pots)
- Maybe like 1.5cm more extension of wood on headstock and symmetrical tuning machine holes (1st/6th closer to 2nd/5th than 3rd/4th strings)
- Better electronics and hardware or option to upgrade them with some additional cost

All in all a lot of fun and so happy to have my own unique guitar (finally, I can start learning how to play them :p). And I won’t be picky about other guitar’s finish like blemish or scratches/spots because now I know I don’t have the patience to do it better...

4.0

335 kit review

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the LP kit first and liked it. A few weeks later I ordered a 335 kit. The LP kit was a bit nicer finish and fit. I believe these will be decent guitars when finished. Granted, they are a kit and require some time and care to assemble. The hardware and electronics are some what disappointing . Not a deal breaker for me. I'll replace with Stew-Mac parts.
I have seen the similar kits listed on REVERB for $279. I do trust that the Stew-Mac kits are of better quality.

4.0

Good kit

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Verified Buyer


I enjoyed building this kit and it went together really well. As others have mentioned, it is worth considering upgrades on some of the parts although what was included would have worked out fine. I ended up changing the tuners, electronics and pickups. The finished product plays very well and only had a couple of issues (that weren't caused by my mistakes). There were some damaged spots in the maple top I did not notice until I had glued the guitar together. They did not take stain as well as the others and showed after finishing. It was not a big issue for me, but something to be aware of. All in all, I ended up with a very nice 335 for much less money that I would have otherwise spent.

5.0

Exceptional Quality

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Verified Buyer


Wanted a 335 for ever but the price was too much. Saw this ad & felt that I could finish this as I wanted it. Can’t wait to finish and then play. Photo to follow when done.

3.0

It's a mixed bag...

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Verified Buyer


The good: Once finished, it's quite a nice guitar and plays and sounds really good.

The bad: The supplied knobs are cheap. The pots are cheap Asian sized ones. The supplied wire is cheap and/or old and brittle. I ended up buying a wiring kit from Mojotone that was much better - I'd recommend using your own good quality wire to construct a more rigid harness assembly for easier insertion into the body, or buying the Mojotone kit which will require enlarging the holes for the pots just a bit, and also buying knobs that fit the larger diameter pot shafts.

The instructions recommend making a template for the wiring, which is great advice - but there is no excuse for not supplying one in the instructions, IMO. There were several mistakes in the directions. One I remember was that they got the wire colors of the pickups backwards but it's pretty easy to see which goes where. A hardware mistake was that they sent me six tuners all that go on the treble side, instead of three on the bass side and three on the treble. They rectified that in several days after I sent them a photo to convince them I wasn't making it up.

The hardest part at least for me was trying to get a nice glossy finish using spray can nitrocellulose. I didn't really succeed but it looks OK. If I were to do this again I'd consider using a brush-on varnish - I don't think that would affect the resonance much differently, and I know I can get a smooth glossy varnish coat much more easily, and more cheaply.

Overall even at the reduced price this was a lot of money for a kit. I'm now happy with it but if I'd known then what I know now, I probably would not have bought it.

5.0

Really fun and challenging for me!

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Verified Buyer


I had put together the fiddle kit last year and wanted a new challenge. This open body ES335 was just what I wanted. I appreciate that the neck is put together and frets installed as I don't have the tools to do that work well. The body is assembled and there is no way I could have done that work myself either. I wanted to test my skills at staining and lacquering and it was perfect for that! The wire and pots were difficult for me, the wire being quite thin and broke from the solder joints a lot. In the end I removed all the wiring and ordered CTS 500K replacement pots and stronger wire. These pots are bigger and much easier solder and the stiffer wire made it easier to keep the pattern stable when inserting through the F hole. I don't know which pickups they use with the kit so, in order to not have to remove the wiring to change pickups I soldered extensions to the pickup grounds and leads on the volume pots. I've ordered different pickups to try. All in all I would definitely build this kit again! It was a great learning experience and the result, though not yet finished, is beautiful.

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