S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

About This Item

Welcome to guitar building!
If you're new to guitar building this kit's a great way to start: this is the classic electric guitar design that's fun to build, and you'll learn a lot.

The mahogany body and smooth neck are higher quality than other kits at this price. The parts fit perfectly, and with our instructions this is an easy build that makes a great guitar — and a great gift!

We've included a great set of illustrated instructions that'll take you step-by-step through the whole process from: creating a custom peghead, installing and aligning the neck, wiring the pickups, applying a finish, installing all the hardware and even giving your guitar a custom setup.

And, if that weren't enough, we're also including an extra set of Dunlop Guitar strings to make it sound amazing.

Whether it's your first or your 50th, this is an affordable way to build a great guitar.

    Kit includes:
  • An upgraded mahogany body pre-routed and drilled for the proper placement of the neck, pickups, control cavity and bridge
  • A pre-fretted maple neck with blank peghead and pre-installed 2-way truss rod
  • Pre-installed fingerboard inlays
  • Slotted nut
  • Sealed tuners
  • A pre-wired pickguard assembly for easy installation
  • Output jack
  • Classic Strat-style vibrato bridge and chrome hardware
  • 2 sets of strings
  • Setup adjustment wrenches
  • An output cord

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4.0

Great Value (if you have the skills)

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First, I have to say I have bought $150 Chinese kits before. I've dealt with sloppy neck joints and poorly aligned, rough routing and milling, split and chipped fretboards, poor fretwork, etc. There is no way this kit is not better, at least the one I got.

For starters, the neck and pocket here are a perfect match (match-numbered, in fact). With a little care and basic chops, I was able to build an instrument I'm proud to display and play both onstage and for recording (YMMV depending on your skills).

A couple of caveats: the hardware is not the best. I'm resigned to the fact that I'm buying a decent body and neck, not the hardware, at these kinds of prices. Be aware going in that if you plan to upgrade you may need to perform some modifications early on and plan for them. Check the bridge dimensions carefully before ordering a replacement.

I switched out the tuners with some Gotoh staggered ones to get rid of the string trees and replaced the cheesy plastic nut with a Graph-Tech one I like for anything with a vibrato bridge/tailpiece.Tuning is now rock-solid with a floating setup.

The supplied bridge is a cast affair, of course, and did not take a spring and ball bearing StewMac tension package. When tightened, the arm forced out whatever crap metal filler there was and revealed that the arm hole goes all the way through the bridge, bearing and spring dropping onto the floor.

I filled the grain (mahogany body), used primer, sprayed a rattle can surf green nitrocellulose lacquer followed by gloss Behlen nitro with my spray equipment, sanding and polishing as I'm accustomed. The neck was done with a thin layer of gloss nitro (it's most durable) with a 2000 grit paper and steel wool "satinizing". Fretboard is many thin coats of boiled linseed oil (I hate the alternately sticky/slick feel of lacquered maple fretboards).

After careful setup (string height at nut is key), fretwork, and adjustment I'm having one of those "best strat I've ever played" moments. Highly satisfied. The photo is not highly detailed but you get the picture.

3.0

Stew Mac has been asking me for a critique so here it is.

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Verified Buyer


The first thing I noticed was a caul in the instructions for a 16 in. radius sanding block when I found it to be a 10 in. radius. Fender never had 16 in. radius and Stew Mac doesn't sell a nut for one with a 16 inch radius. I called and pointed this out and the response was "I haven't built one yet". It says Dan wrote the instructions but I can't imagine him making these mistakes. It says to pre-drill the neck mounting holes to one eighth inch when I found them to be 4mm. When I ordered a black replacement bridge it wouldn't fit because it was too deep and stuck out the back too far for the cover to fit. When I installed the CTC pots the body had to be clearanced to fit because they are wider. I also had to clearance the amp jack cavity to get the screw holes to line up with the pick guard. Be aware of this when you build these kits.

5.0

Awsome kit

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Verified Buyer


I am new to building guitars and I ordered the S style. It is a very good quality and it looks great. The neck fits like a glove. Cant wait to finish it. I also bought the tenor Uk. kit and it is coming out awsome. I am making the uk as a gift for my niece and the guitar is for me. I would highly recomend this kit to anyone. The service from StewMac is incredible also. Keep up the good work. I hope StewMac gets more variety in guitar kits. I would love to try a PRS kit.

5.0

Kit

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Verified Buyer


Nice kit . You can't build a Strat this cheap anywhere.

4.0

Spend wiser

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Verified Buyer


I like Stewmac, but this kit is EXACTLY the same as the rough kits sold on the web for 90 to 150 US dollars. No better, no worse. So buy the cheap web kit, save a hundred bucks and spend that saved money on upgrades at Stewmac. HINT: You will need the thin super glue to hold all the frets in after you tap them into place or they just pop back up after you level them. And what is it with these kit manufacturers - don't any of them own a sharp drill bit, or know how to use a backing caul to prevent tear out? Get a tube of Famowood filler while you're at it. Good news is, if you do it right you'll have a decent guitar for short dough and a little sweat.

5.0

Nice kit

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Verified Buyer


I bought two of these, one as a birthday present for my nephews 15th birthday and one for myself just because I wanted to try one. This is my first attempt at assembling a guitar but I have been around them off and on over the years. I am pleased with the quality of the components and the instructions. I see how building these things can become habit-forming. I’ll know more after it’s completed.

5.0

Electric Guitar Kit - S Type

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the S - Type DIY guitar kit from Stew-Mac. After some time when I did not receive the kit I contacted the Stew-Mac Customer service help line.
Stew-Mac , had no problem in dispatching an express replacement kit to me in South Africa.Five days later, I received my order.......Where do you get customer service like that ? Stew-Mac you are the best....Thanks for a great kit.....Anyone out there wanting to do business with Stew-Mac....go for it...they will support you no matter where you are located...Thanks Stew-Mac ..great service.

4.0

A great deal at this price.

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Verified Buyer


Santa brought this as a winter project for me and it went together really fast.The instructions are very descriptive and helpful. The nut slots needed filed down and my Stewmac nut slot files made short work of it..A "Fender Partscaster" decal and some oil finish and this baby looks,plays and sounds the part.While may be not quite the quality of my Stewmac tele parts guitar that I put together a few years ago,at this price you cant go wrong..

5.0

Great beginner kit, good price

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Verified Buyer


I am an experienced amateur luthier who needed a quick put-together for grandchild's Xmas. The body and neck are beautifully milled and sanded, and the frets were well seated and level. I suggest you put just grain filler and a coat of lacquer on the body prior to assembly, then disassemble for final finish. Like me you will probably put some shop dings in it during assembly, and it is easier to smooth and level them if you haven't put multiple layers of paint and lacquer on it.

5.0

A great quality guitar kit

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Verified Buyer


I bought the Strat guitar kit and it is a great quality kit. This is my first build and I Plan to get started in it after the holidays.

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