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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S-style Electric Guitar Kit Instructions

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

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5.0

Easy build.

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Verified Buyer


Love the finished guitar. Changed the nut and I would now put this guitar up against almost any store bought S style guitar. I'm serious as this thing plays and sounds great.

4.0

S-type Guitar project with excellent results

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Verified Buyer


This was a first time build for me so it was a learning process, but the detailed instructions were helpful. The guitar body and neck were good quality. I upgraded all the hardware and electronics to authentic Fender parts, so not sure about that part of the kit quality. I finished it with products used for gun stocks and it came out great with a hand-rubbed finish look. Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of the kit - it may not be up there with my American-made Strat. but still a very good guitar and a fun project.

5.0

Good quality

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Verified Buyer


Good quality, nicely machined timbers with not a lot of finishing,

4.0

S-type guitar kit

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Verified Buyer


Just started working on this and so far it's been smooth. Neck is straight and solid, fits the body quite nicely, frets barely needed setting. Probably will end up upgrading the tuners and maybe the pickups but this is a good quality kit.

5.0

DYI Guitar build

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Verified Buyer


Love this purchase challenge but doable
Really surprised at the high quality trem. Great sustain

5.0

A good looking kit

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Verified Buyer


I haven't started the build yet but opened and inspected the kit. This will be my 10th stringed instrument build so I've seen the good, bad, and the ugly. This is definitely one of the good ones. All the materials are good quality and arrived without any damage what-so-ever. The wood body is almost nice enough for a clear finish instead of painted, in fact, the neck is so good it will be. Some have complained that the quality of components isn't top drawer but you can't expect $600 worth of components in a $250 kit. Great stuff for the price.

4.0

Very nice kit!!

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Verified Buyer


Kit comes with everything you need to build a beautiful S-Style guitar!

5.0

Best kit out there!!

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Verified Buyer


I bought the kit and 2 days later I had it in my hands! I was very pleased with the kit..for the most part. The body was nicely routed and pretty but had a bad piece of mismatched wood in it but not a big deal since I was painting anyways. The neck was great and the frets were level and nicely rounded with no noticeable fret ends that I could feel. The neck was what I was worried the most about and I couldn’t be more happy with it. Out of the entire kit so far the one thing I would like to see changed is the tuners. They are very sub par. Almost feel like plastic and very well could be. I know corners have to be cut somewhere but the tremolo is pretty nice. The pick guard was wired really well and pick ups seem good. I am nearing the point of putting the hardware on it and can’t wait to get it all together. Overall I’d give it a solid 8 out of 10. Its is a good kit to use as a jumping off point and with the upgrades I am going to put in it this makes a good kit to buy. Trust Stew Mac. One of these days I’ll get that nut set!

4.0

Great Value (if you have the skills)

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Verified Buyer


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.

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