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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5297
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Bolt-on Neck

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

Item # 5324
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5297-T
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Bolt-on Neck

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

Item # 5324-T
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Indian Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Indian Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5298
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Indian Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Bolt-on Neck

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

Item # 5325
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Indian Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Indian Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5298-T
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Indian Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Bolt-on Neck

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

Item # 5325-T
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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit

About This Item

Torrefied tops now available!
Build a great sounding 000-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 12-fret, dovetail or bolt-on
  • Bridge pins, end pin, frets, bindings, rosette and trim
  • Hot Rod two-way adjustable truss rod
  • Precut heavy cardboard molds 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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Product Instructions

Triple-O Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the 000 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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Triple-O kit


Verified Buyer

I have built several of the Stew Mac guitar kits--Love them all. I started with the dove tail neck kits, but switched to the bolt-on necks because they are much easier to align and I if the fretboard is not glued to the body, they can be removed later to fine tune the alignments. My favorite models are the Triple_O and OM acoustic kits.


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Verified Buyer

Purchased this kit and recieved it in only 6 days from purchase date delivered to Australia.


First time builder - Triple O


Verified Buyer

I am enjoying the process of building this kit. I have had a few questions and the customer service has been very responsive and helpful. The parts are well made and the instructions are very clear. I will let you know how it turns our.


Very impressed!


Verified Buyer

I was so pleased to receive this fantastic kit and was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of the materials and by how thoughtfully the individual components had been chosen. The included DVD, plan and instructions give me confidence that I can make a decent job of building the guitar.
I should also mention that, despite opting for standard delivery, I received the kit here in the UK in around four days from ordering.


I love this guitar!


Verified Buyer

I started building my rosewood back and sides with dovetail neck kit in 2011, made very rapid progress and then chickened out when it came time put a finish on it and set the neck and bridge. Then life got crazy and it sat unfinished for almost a decade. While working from home due to Covid, I finally found the time to get it done. Im so sorry that I had to wait 9 years to enjoy this guitar. I have a 1959 Martin 0-15 and a rosewood D-1R from the mid 90s and this 000 is more playable and more responsive than either of those instruments. It doesn't project as well but it sounds beautiful up close and you feel every note on your body through the rosewood back. I did make a couple mistakes setting the neck, mostly due to resuming this unfinished project 9 years later. I did not correct the neck to body angle enough, so the finger board falls away at the body a bit more that I would like and the bridge saddle has to be taller than I like, but the instrument is very playable with very light pressure, and it just sound alive, without any tension.

A couple of suggestions: Don't be afraid to make mistakes if you are learning, just work through them. It probably won't be perfect but it's still going to be great. Also if you are going to build more than one guitar in your life, maybe skip the barrel clamps and go straight to a "go bar" clamping system. I made my own go bar system later on, it wasn't very expensive. I also wish that I had considered the blot on neck at times but I was trying to be a purest when I ordered the dovetail.

Purchasing this kit was the start of a long personal journey from being a frustrated conformist workaholic, to someone who makes his craft and creativity a priority in his life. I'm glad I finally followed through with completing it.


Completed my first guitar


Verified Buyer

Was able to complete the first guitar. Overall a great experience. The instructions were very good for a non-woodworker. The finishing work was the most difficult and where I didn't do as well. Used grain filler but obviously not well enough - don't have the glass like finish except in a few spots.

Customer support was excellent and gave advice frequently and quickly. Starting a second one next week and hope I can do the finishing better.


Outstanding learning experience!


Verified Buyer

I bought the Triple O kit with rosewood back and sides spruce top and dovetail neck. All I can say is that if you’ve been thinking about it; stop and do it! The kit is great, quality components and great support. Who can ask for more from a company. I would recommend buying a Ukulele kit doing that first as a confidence builder. I bought the tenor one. I used several YouTube sites like Stewmac, blues creek, and also LMI. All good resources. One thing Stewmac includes excellent instructions and a video but some parts of the Triple O differ from a dread check the nut width on the plans and confirm before cutting your fret board. Really enjoyed the build!


So far - GREAT!


Verified Buyer

I am not a woodworker of any capability and have no workshop at home. I decided to make this 000 guitar for my wife as something to keep my mind agile and learn some new skills. I had to buy over $600 of tools with the kit just to have the ones that are really needed. And I work on it in the garage.

I’ve been at it about a month now and everything has worked out. I usually read the section of the manual 10 times to get it right before I start each section. And then it seems to work. There are a couple of places where a little more direction would help for someone as new at this as I am, but I imagine everyone else already knows what to do.

I have finished attaching the soundboard to the side assembly and have jumped to working on the neck. I did that because as I started to prepare the back I noticed a crack at the bottom of the piece about an inch long. I contacted customer service and they have a new one on the way to me already.

Even in the current climate the support could not be better (thanks, Zack).

I think I’ll be able to do everything till I get the finishing stage. That part scares me, but I expect to be done by Christmas if I’m lucky.


Just WOW!


Verified Buyer

Ordered the Triple-O kit and paid the bit extra for express international delivery. I was a bit sceptical about the stated delivery date (5 business days from placing of order) but to my surprise the kit arrive at my door in Adelaide, South Australia in four days! All in good order. The kit is sitting in my workshop for a few weeks to allow the timber to acclimatise to the local conditions, but I cannot wait to start the build. Greg, Adelaide, Australia.


Sounds great, but not quite 5 stars


Verified Buyer

I'd rather give it 4.5 stars. I just finished building the 000 kit (rosewood sides, with torrefied top and bolt on neck). After set up, the finished guitar looks and more importantly sounds amazing. I did replace some of the plastic binding with herringbone purfling (the pre-bent OM/000 took a little bending to get right, but it was close), and I think it made the guitar look much nicer. I also used different fret dots, more to match the tuners than anything else.

The main reason to not give a full 5 stars are that the print and video contradicted each other at times or were just a bit vague. I think some of it maybe that the video is older and hasn't been updated for some changes. It just took reading/watching things multiple times to make sure it got done correctly. I also found it funny how at every corner there was some special tool that you were encouraged to purchase (even rubber bands). I did make my own spool and cam clamps. The one tool that StewMac sells that was never mentioned, but I already had and was very useful is their ultimate scraper. If you don't have one, get one. You'll never want a traditional card scraper again. And yes, I also had a slightly warped fretboard, that made getting the neck on properly very difficult, but it's on and is perfect now. Just make sure the neck is aligned correctly the first time. Check and check again.

This was my first try at an acoustic guitar, as I have done electrics guitars and even a folk harp. If you are willing to put in the necessary time and are comfortable with woodworking, I'd say go for it and make one of these. It was fun definitely and educational. I feel that I've learned what I wanted to know, allowing me to try other acoustic instruments either from a kit or from scratch in the future.

And my son now has a great sounding acoustic guitar to add to his menagerie of musical instruments (I think I this now makes 20).

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