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StewMac Body-Built Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Body-Built Acoustic Guitar Kit

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All Solid Woods

Item # 16630
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Solid Top, Laminate Back and Sides

Item # 16631
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StewMac Body-Built Acoustic Guitar Kit

About This Item

More than a kit—it's a FANTASTIC guitar!
Have you dreamed of owning a beautiful custom acoustic guitar? You know the one: it's got a BIG and powerful commanding voice that owns any room and plays like a dream—completely effortless in your hands.

No need to just dream about it—Now YOU can build it!

Based on customer requests, we developed a brand new custom acoustic kit that is far simpler and requires less woodworking. Now ANYONE can build an exceptional acoustic in a small space and with minimal tools.

We made building your first acoustic guitar a whole lot easier
What makes it so easy? The body is built for you! We've expertly braced the top and back, assembled the body, and bound it completely. These steps can be very complicated and require a lot of specialized tools.

If you've been on the fence about building an acoustic guitar but thought it looked too intimidating, this is the guitar you've been waiting for. Designed specifically for the first time builder, you'll build it using many tools you already own.

The ultimate head start
Part of what makes acoustic guitar building so intimidating is the sheer number of steps involved—admittedly, traditional acoustic guitar building is a LOT of work. However, with this kit, about half the work's already done for you. This saves literally days of work and greatly cuts down on the number of specialized tools and jigs you need to complete the build.

    Here are just a few of the complicated steps we've done for you:
  • Joining, thickness-sanding, and profiling the soundboard and back
  • Installing the rosette and cutting the soundhole
  • Bracing the top and back plates
  • Accurately bending the sides
  • Building the rim, installing the linings, and getting the body geometry right
  • Gluing the top and back plates to the sides
  • Installing the body binding and end graft
  • Cutting the dovetail mortise
  • Rough carving the neck shape
  • Precisely cutting the dovetail tenon
  • Neck is rough fit to the body, ready for final fitting
  • Fingerboard is inlaid and pre-slotted for frets
  • Frets are pre-cut and radiused
  • And many other parts have been shaped and prepared—saving you HOURS of time

And when you open the box, everything is there, ready for you to dive in: fully built body, shaped neck, slotted fingerboard with installed diamond inlays, precision carved bridge with pins, slotted nut, saddle, and pickguard.

But don't worry...there's still plenty of detail work left for you to customize and truly make it your dream guitar. You'll be dialing in the neck to the perfect shape for your hand, customizing the shape of the peghead, installing the frets, setting the neck, finishing, and more. From choosing how you'll finish it to finding the perfect appointments, the final look and feel are all up to you.

Choose the model that fits you
Both models feature a solid Sitka Spruce top for exceptional tone and a rich voice. We offer these kits with either solid or laminate back and sides:

The all solid wood model, with Khaya Mahogany back and sides, is perfect for achieving the nuanced tone you'd expect from the best acoustic instruments.

If you're looking for something to take out on the road, many artists prefer the laminate model, with Sapele back and sides, for its durability and resistance to temperature and humidity changes.

Complete your build with the perfect tuners
We leave it up to you to pick the tuning machines for your guitar. From classic vintage open-gear models to high ratio closed-back models, we've got exactly what you're looking for. And with countless designs and plating choices, it's easy to find the right set.

We're here to help
And when you buy from StewMac, you get a whole lot more than "just a kit." You're buying 50+ years of history and dedication to helping musicians just like you get more out of their guitars.

We stand by every product we sell with our Lifetime Promise and each kit comes with our expert-written but easy to follow instructions, with 23 pages of photos, diagrams, and every detail you'll need.

And if you get stuck, no sweat... our customer service techs are here to help you with any questions, from opening the box to applying the finish.

This is a guitar you'll be thrilled with for decades to come. Get yours now!

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Product Instructions

Body-Built Acoustic Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Body-Built Acoustic Guitar Kit.

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A lot of work for the money


Verified Buyer

Got this kit last week and have examined it but not built it. I build guitars from scratch and have built electric StewMac kits, and I can say, this makes it pretty simple for the DIY'er, but don't kid yourself; setting the dovetail neck, performing the set up and finishing are difficult processes to get right. Building that body is a ton of work, but lots can go wrong from there. Watch the videos, look up other resources and take your time. I'm sure the result will be a guitar worth three times what the kit alone costs. And you'll need tools, so buy or borrow what you need; nothing worth anything in life is free or easy. A 4 star only because I haven't built it yet.


Saves a lot of work!


Verified Buyer

The kit arrived well packaged and every thing looks good. I let in climatize for a week and now doing the neck. The instructions are very clear and this saves a lot of work and you need only a minimum of tools and space. Very pleased. JB.


This is what we want.


Verified Buyer

Half work is done, you have to do the finishing touch.