StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Item # 5295
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$545.79

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Item # 5293
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$545.74

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Item # 5295-T
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$560.36

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

Item # 5293-T
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$560.31

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Item # 5296
In stock, ready to ship!

$579.80

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Sitka Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Item # 5294
In stock, ready to ship!

$579.76

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Item # 5296-T
In stock, ready to ship!

$594.38

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Bolt-on Neck, Torrefied Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

Item # 5294-T
In stock, ready to ship!

$594.33

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StewMac Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit

About This Item

Torrefied tops now available!
Build a great sounding dreadnought-size guitar from AAA-grade tonewoods. Start with the advantage of precision machining from our Ohio shop.

  • Carved mahogany neck
  • Accurately bent sides
  • Bookmatched back, joined and cut to shape
  • AAA spruce top with soundhole and rosette channel
  • Solid ebony fingerboard, bridge, and overlays

Designed with your success in mind
With the kit, you get a lot of help to make sure your guitar turns out great. The full-size blueprint is modeled after a prized vintage Martin, and shows exactly how every part fits. A sturdy cardboard body mold holds the guitar sides in the perfect contour as you build.

The instruction book is really a short course in guitarmaking, by luthiers Todd Sams and Dan Erlewine; no other kit has anything like it. Todd and Dan made the step-by-step DVD that's included with the kit, too (over $40 value). From start to finish, these guitarmakers guide you to a successful build.

You don't need a big shop
We've done the critical machining, so the neck joint and other parts fit well right from the start.

A slotted bone nut and shaped bone saddle are included, along with inlays, bindings and our two-way Hot Rod truss rod. (We know that tuning machines are something you'll prefer to choose for yourself.)

New torrefied spruce option
Choose a torrefied spruce top for the stability, tone and look of well-aged vintage wood. This high-temperature, low-oxygen kiln drying improves the wood, similar to decades of natural aging.

    Included in our kits:
  • Solid AAA tonewoods: Spruce, Indian Rosewood and Mahogany
  • Precisely machined neck joint at the 14-fret, dovetail or bolt-on
  • Bridge pins, end pin, frets, pickguard, bindings, rosette and trim
  • Hot Rod two-way adjustable truss rod
  • Precut heavy cardboard moldsĀ for trouble-free body assembly
  • Full-size blueprint and bracing template
  • Illustrated 36-page spiral-bound instruction book
  • Step-by-step DVD: Building an Acoustic Guitar Kit

View the complete parts list (PDF file 105KB).

What tools do you need to build this kit?
Our kit instructions has a complete list of all tools and supplies needed. We offer easy-to-order sets of the tools that kit builders find most useful.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Dreadnought Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Dreadnought Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.

John Calkin's Review of StewMac's Acoustic Guitar Kit

Luthier John Calkin built and reviewed our rosewood acoustic guitar kit for American Lutherie, the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

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4.0

Overall excellent, but two things are bothersome

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I am not a woodworker-- I'm doing this in my apartment and I have a hand saw, knives, chisels, and a Dremel as cutting tools-- no access to a band saw or planing table (or other pro-level tools). Despite that, I'm making pretty decent progress.

A couple of things:
1. The manual and the video clearly show the bracing template as being see-through, i.e. printed on vellum. That was not the case with my Dreadnought kit. It's nigh-on impossible to get the points positioned correctly the first try with the paper I received.

2. As you already offer certain tools to make life easier, like the bridge repair/setting cauls/kit (#4772), I think you should consider offering a set of ALL the wooden cauls listed as "Pro tips" in the manual--as we all know that they're really necessary. I would totally pay $25 for a set of of pre-cut cauls, especially given my situation as someone without a shop.

5.0

Well Worth It

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Verified Buyer


I've done considerable woodworking before but this was my first guitar build and much more challenging than other woodworking I've done. The finished guitar sounds just great and feels alive when I play it. Can't wait to build another. A few suggestions:
- I agree with others who recommend making plywood molds instead of the cardboard molds that come with the kit. I used the cardboard and the guitar came out very slightly wonky when viewed from certain angles. No one else would notice, but this made fitting the dovetail neck more difficult than necessary.
- I realized after the guitar was assembled that I should have stained the back braces before installation. Not a big deal but they look rather stark against the rosewood back and behind the torrefied top.
StewMac was very helpful along the way. Great company!

5.0

Give it a try.

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Verified Buyer


I have built two rosewood dreadnought kits the dovetail, and the bolt on, both turned out great, this gave me the confidence to tear my 1972 Dove apart and put a new top on it. Stu Mac had everything I needed. I will do the F5 kit next.

5.0

Great kit

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Verified Buyer


Amazing kit. Very complete with good woods, mahohany, Ebony and well Quater cut Sitka spruce top.

Its a lot of work, but it worth it!

4.0

Dreadnought

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Verified Buyer


All parts there. Most directions are clear however there are some that are not.proceed slowly watch video and when in doubt phone or email technical staff before you go too far-they are very good about returning calls or emails.

5.0

Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Kit

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Verified Buyer


I bought this kit to see if I could actually put a guitar together. The woods (Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood back and sides) were all better than expected. With the video and the manual the directions are easy to follow. I am very pleased with the kit so far. I haven't finished yet, but am looking forward to doing so.

5.0

A challenging project.

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Just beginning to get the necessary items (cauls etc) to begin construction. I have
Previously built 5 banjos using stewmac components and they were no nearly as
challenging as the dreadnaught appears to be. The instruction booklet and DVDs
Are very straight forward and easy to understand. I am eagerly looking forward
To getting further into the process.

5.0

Great price for a DIY Accoustic Guitar!

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Verified Buyer


I bought this DIY kit because I wanted one to build for myself. I just got lucky to buy it when StewMac offered a big price break for their DIY kits! All in all, the wood quality is very good and I can't wait to start building this project soon.

5.0

Nice kit

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Verified Buyer


I bought this kit (# 5294-T) on behalf of a friend wanting to build his first instrument.
I found the rosewood back nicely bookmatched and cleanly glued as was the torrefied top with the sides bent perfectly.
The neck was cnc'ed close enough to not worry about excess shaping but with enough material left to allow for custom shaping.
Components such as the fingerboard,head/tail block, faceplate, binding, shaped braces etc) were also of good quality.
I didn't watch the DVD but i'm sure it is of excellent quality as can always be expected from Stew Mac.
I flicked through the instructions and they seemed thorough enough to build a guitar using this kit. With 1, 2, or 3 pictures to a page is normal. More important elements like achieving the correct neck angle are dealt with nicely and finishing receives 2 full pages.
All in all- this is a good way to start building.

5.0

StewMac Acoustic kit

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Verified Buyer


Great kit! The instructions are easy to follow, and the materials are top notch!

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