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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

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

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

Dovetail Neck, Torrefied Top, Mahogany Back & Sides

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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

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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

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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
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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

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$624.10

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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
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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. 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.



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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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5.0

Excellent guitar!

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I bought one of the Granadillo kits (same as the rosewood one but granadillo back and sides instead) to build a guitar for a friend. I just finished it a few days ago and I am sure he will be very happy. Now I only have one problem... it sounds and looks so good that I want to build another one for myself!! :)

4.0

Great job, customer service folks!

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Verified Buyer


First Dreadnought kit arrived with a broken top and back, and the sides we're not exactly the quality I was expecting. The Indian Rosewood on the sides had a few knots and the grain was not as straight as I would like for it to have been. I spoke with the customer service bags and Dave were more than accommodating. Sent me a new kit and everything was great in the second kit that I received. They made returning the first kit to them super simple. They have certainly earned my trust in business for a long time.

5.0

1st time builder

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Verified Buyer


I bought this guitar kit as a first time guitar builder to build for my wife as a present. I am an accomplished woodworker but have never built a guitar before. In summary it was a great kit and a good challenge but came out very well! All the pieces are there but realize you will need to order strings and finishing supplies. I highly recommend StewMac's spray lacquer but to get it right I needed 4 cans plus a sanding sealer. Thanks StewMac - Great product!

5.0

An Amazing Guitar & Experience!

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Verified Buyer


I built the StewMac Dreadnought Guitar Kit with my daughter Sophia May (7). We worked on it nights & weekends over about 2.5 months. The quality of the materials and instructions are impeccable. We opted for several upgrades including abalone purfling & inlays, celluloid binding and Waverly bridge pins, end pinpin & tuners. The experience of building an heirloom guitar with my daughter was both amazing and irreplaceable & the final product rivals my most expensive guitars. Thank you StewMac!

5.0

So far So good

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Verified Buyer


This is my second guitar build, and so far it is a good one. The instructions, packaging and quality are all great. Can't wait to see the final outcome.

5.0

Dreadnought Kit

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Verified Buyer


I wanted to start building an acoustic guitar after building electrics since 1991. After reading the reviews and your add I felt this was the way to go for my first acoustic build. Upon opening the package I believe this was a good choice. I am looking forward to getting started on this build but I am in the middle of rearranging my shop as I'm now retired and plan to spend more time building and doing repairs. I'll keep you updated.

4.0

Dreadnought Kit Review

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I haven't started the kit yet (it's still acclimating) however i received it in great shape and all looks. The grain is book matched well and i can't wait to get started. I have worked with a lot of different woods before but not Indian Rosewood. A word of warning... Indian Rosewood is quite pungent. I wouldn't recommend letting it acclimate in your home for any amount of time.
I would have given the product a five however the video quality on the DVD is pretty outdated as is the included manual.

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.

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