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335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit 335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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$299.99

335-Style Kit + 50% Off Cherry Sunburst Finishing Set

335-Style Kit + 50% Off Cherry Sunburst Finishing Set

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List Price $423.27
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335-Style Kit + 50% Off Red Mahogany Finishing Set

335-Style Kit + 50% Off Red Mahogany Finishing Set

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List Price $401.56
Your Price $345.56


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335-Style Electric Guitar Kit

About This Item

If you only had one guitar...
...a 335 can do anything!

You know the sound of a 335 as soon as you hear it. Clear and full or warm and thick, it's a guitar that pushed the limits of what the electric guitar could do, from the streets of Chicago to the stage at Royal Albert Hall. From rock to jazz to blues, the 335 will change the way you play, sound, and think about the guitar.

Since 1958, this semi-hollow guitar has defied convention. Designed to bridge the gap between the warm tone of fully hollow guitars and the sustain and feedback resistance of solid body guitars, the 335 excels at any musical application. And their style, with elegant curves and clean lines is undeniable.

Now anyone can build this icon on their first try. A difficult guitar to make from scratch, we've worked long and hard to finally bring you this guitar as one of our kits. We've taken out the guesswork, and this guitar is ready to build straight from the box.

Build this unique, high quality kit
You've seen countless Strat, Tele, and LP kits, but it's not everyday you see a 335, especially one that has the quality you're looking for. Building this style of guitar is nearly impossible for beginners, and very time consuming for an experienced builder. This kit is just as easy to build with our step-by-step instructions!

We've done the hardest parts—we glued the body to the center block, and routed for the pickups, f-holes, and hardware.

Each of our kits comes with the neck individually matched and fit to each body, for a perfect fit. No need to worry about getting the neck angle just right, we've dialed it in for you.

These kits come with top quality appointments, the tops are beautifully flamed, the body and fretboard are bound, with classic dot inlays.

We made sure our kit had all the details right—the routing is clean, the binding is straight, and the top is stunning. You don't need to spend hours fixing a kit before you even start to build.

First-time builder? No sweat.
You don't need a workshop, and there's a good chance you already own all the tools you'll need to get the job done. This kit comes with our step-by-step, beginner-friendly instructions and our highly knowledgeable staff of guitar techs are just a phone call away.


Get 50% off a Finishing Set!
Finally, you can make this guitar look amazing with the iconic colors you've always imagined—all without complicated spray equipment! ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Sets make it simple to get professional results you'll be proud of. You'll get 50% off these finishing sets when you purchase a kit. Choose from these classic colors:

Cherry Sunburst Also sold separately
This translucent finish will highlight the flamed top of this kit, and turn the entire guitar in to a showstopper.

Red Mahogany Also sold separately
This is the cherry finish you know from vintage SGs, Juniors, and ES-335s. The translucent finish shows off the wood grain beautifully.


    Your kit includes everything you'll need:
  • Pressed laminate semi-hollow body with center block—just like the originals
  • Premium flame maple top veneer
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Neck pocket, pickup cavities and bridge holes are all drilled and routed for the perfect placement and fit
  • Shaped mahogany neck has a 2-way truss rod installed
  • Bound granadillo fingerboard comes pre-installed with frets and traditional dot pearloid inlays
  • Peghead is ready for your personal custom shape
  • Pre-slotted nut for perfect action
  • Chrome plated hardware—from sealed tuners to strap buttons
  • Traditional tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece
  • Humbucking pickups with chrome covers
  • Quality potentiometers, caps and wire
  • Output jack
  • Cream pickup rings, cover plates and accessories
  • Traditional gold top-hat bell knobs
  • Truss rod wrench
  • And we even include 2 sets of strings and an output cord


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Instructions

Product Instructions

335-Style Electric Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the 335-Style Electric Guitar Kit.

ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Set Instructions

All the steps you need to spray a perfect finish

How to shape a custom guitar peghead

Make a signature peghead! Learn how to make a custom guitar peghead that can give your guitar a unique vibe. Using a pattern, a jigsaw and a router, see how easy it is to make a peghead template and rout a custom peghead shape into your guitar's headstock, just like the professionals.

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5.0

Great Product and great service

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Verified Buyer


This was my first guitar build and I am absolutely thrilled with not only the guitar body and neck that I received, but the customer service from Stewmac. One piece of hardware in my kit had a minor manufacturing defect. Stewmac immediately replaced it, and the the new one is perfect. I used my own pickups (Seymour Duncan Seth Lover Humbuckers) and pots, and ended with a guitar that plays as well as anything I've picked up from a guitar shop wall. I'm getting ready to build my second guitar (building my own body from scratch) and only hope I can reach the quality of fit and finish I received from Stewmac.

4.0

Almost amazing

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Verified Buyer


So here's my experience. I've made a wonderful guitar out of the kit that was sent to me, however this is not without troubles along the way. The first kit I was sent appeared at first to be perfect, the neck fit snug, the maple flames appeared better than I had imagined, however as I began the dying process, things fell apart. I noticed at least five large glue spots on the top of the guitar that refused to sand away, as well as a large glue line that ran from the top to the bottom of the guitar, which took no stain. I was immediately disappointed about this, so I wrote Stew Mac and sent them a picture of what I had experienced. They were prompt in their apology, and offered me a free replacement or a 50% refund. I opted for the replacement, as ultimately, my priority is feel and tone in a guitar, not looks, however it is nice to make something that you could imagine pulling off a shelf at a Guitar Ctr. Also, who wouldn't want a second guitar for free (which when sent did still have a couple minor glue issues, but did not have the seam down the middle like the first). Now here's how I rectified the initial guitar. I spent hours researching, and happened upon a colored pencil trick, where the lines of the wood are naturally recreated atop a glue stain with various colored pencils, and then I finished over it with tru-oil. I waited for it to dry, added another layer of stain, and repeated the process, until I finally had something I could be proud of. It will never pass as a G****n quality guitar, as upon close inspection the glue line is still there (minor gaps between the neck and body where it joins), but I'm sure as hell proud of it and it sound, plays, and feels wonderful. So ultimately would I recommend this Stew Mac kit? Sure, just know what you're getting in for (possible glue spots/ lines, misalignments), and know that the customer service is actually very helpful/ responsive which is a huge plus for me.

Best of luck!

3.0

Not without some issues.

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Verified Buyer


I was so excited with anticipation of the arrival of my ES 335 kit that I had a couple sleepless nights. I believe I built it, at leas, three times in my mind as I tried to get to sleep. When it finally arrived, I couldn't wait to check it out. In the StewMac write-up, it mentions how well the neck is fit to the body. Unfortunately, they weren't referring to my kit. First of all, the tendon was wider on one side of the neck than the other preventing the neck from completely setting into the body. Once I corrected that and now have the neck flush with the top of the body, I have, at least, a b3/32" gap between the bottom of the neck and the body. Not cool (see photo)!
The other issue I have is with the quality of the top. The Maple is nicely flamed, and the and the top was nicely sanded. The issue is with the different density between the top half and the bottom half. I stained the Maple to provide contrast. The bottom half turned out perfect, well defined flame and bright Maple around the flame. Unfortunately, the top half didn't turn out quite as well. Apparently, it is much less dense than the bottom allowing the stain to penetrate deeper. I've tried to sand down to brighter wood; however, I don't want to go too far and end up sanding through the Maple layer. Now I have a two tone body. Hopefully, once I apply the color the difference will be less obvious. I would have expected this from a BYO kit costing $150, not from a StewMac kit costing $300 on sale.

5.0

335-Style

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Verified Buyer


Finishing up my 335-Style with a amber top and a modified cherry sides, back and neck. Use a golden mahogany base stain with cherry applied over top. Topped off with a tortoise shell pick guard. Kit is nice quality. Minor issues with neck to body fit as it was not as nice a job as the LP kit I recently finished. You may need a couple more hands to get the pots, switch and jack installed. Overall very nice for the price.

4.0

A new experience

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Verified Buyer


As an experienced Luthier, I may once have frowned at its very existence but as I'm retired and much less physically able, I;m kind of glad of the opportunity to work on something. The neck joint was tight and accurate and so an easy task to fit. Similarly with the fretwork. The challenge for me lies in the wiring up. Never my forte but we shall see. I should say that the material quality is surprisingly good, especially the flamed maple top veneer. However, where I fundamentally disagree with Stewmacs instructions is that in the very last paragraph they advocate fitting the hardware and wiring up the pots, pick-ups etc BEFORE finishing the instrument Why on earth would you choose to try to work around all that hardware when finishing the prettiest part of the instrument. Through spraying to flatting to final polish, you need a clean, clear unimpeded surface in order to produce a quality finish. You'll never achieve a quality finish like that. Talk about Cart before the Horse. Inexperienced students are likely to produce an awful mess trying to do things in this order and they'll end up disappointed when they shouldn't be. Suffice it to say, I will not be following that last paragraph in the instruction book.

4.0

Cool Project!

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Verified Buyer


I bought this DIY kit and it has been the first time building a guitar. It's been a great experience so far. There are a few more tools you will need to buy to build it correctly, for example some tools to level the frets; all and all it was worth the money. I upgraded the electronics and got the sunburst finishing kit. The only gripe I have had is that the fretboard had a few dings and fairly large divot I didn't see till I set the neck.

4.0

Great kit!

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My first electric guitar, the one that got away, was a cherry red Gibson ES-330. Sure, I could have bought an Epiphone Casino or the Riviera P-93 to scratch that itch, but I've wanted to build a guitar from a kit for 20 years and I wanted a Covid-19 project. So here we are.

The neck pocket was nice and snug right out of the box. I did install 2 tuners and the bridge and tailpiece so I could properly line up the E strings and make sure the neck angle was just right before gluing and clamping. 24 hours later I had a great guitar with good action. Then I ditched the tailpiece and installed a Bigsby B70.

The 330 is a P-90 hollowbody, and the 335 is a humbucker semi-hollow, so to capture the sonic vibe of the 330/Casino I installed a pair of humbucker sized P-90s. And I couldn't be happier. Honestly, I think I got the best of both worlds with this guitar.

Take your time with the finish. I used a red aniline dye and a clear coat and got a gorgeous red with flame that pops. My guitar had a slightly unsightly glue seam that didn't want to take the dye, so I ran a line with a red Sharpie on top of the first coat of clear, and that hid it nicely. There's a tip Dan probably wouldn't recommend! Check that neck angle before gluing and do the level/crown/polish. Now I have a 330/335 hybrid with pride of buildership that plays like a dream and sounds awesome.

2.0

Not My First Kit

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Verified Buyer


This wasn't my first kit to assemble, but first with the electronics to assemble. After laying out the parts and planning my work I noticed the pickups were wired backwards compared with the instructions. When checking the reviews I see someone else took note of the error over two years ago. I'm surprised SM hasn't corrected either the instructions or the pickups themselves. Apparently SM is the distributor of these kits.

Using SM wire proved to be a waste of time and effort and after a second attempt with my own wire I opted to replace the parts. I got a great kit from Tone Shapers and the quality was no comparison. They even supplied shielded wire and non -- my choice. I went with the shielded which is more difficult but worth the extra effort.

I graded this kit 'fair' and would've been excellent had I not wasted a couple of afternoons wiring and rewiring the electronics.

Response from StewMac


Hi James,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear about the issues you had with the 335-Style Electric Guitar Kit. I have passed your feedback along to our product development team for their consideration. We have already posed updated insructions on the website that address these issues.

5.0

335 DIY Guitar Kit

By

Verified Buyer


I am so impressed with the customer service. They respond better than any company that I have dealt with by far.
I look forward to finishing my guitar!
I highly recommend this company!!!

5.0

Great kit!!!

By

Verified Buyer


This kit cam ready to roll. Quality wood! The neck matched up perfectly, the frets were smooth and level! This is a great guitar kit!

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