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Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

About This Item

Have a little fun and make a little noise!
Build a REAL guitar this weekend. This is not a toy or wall hanger, this mini-guitar is a real instrument that you'll have a lot of fun building and playing for years to come.

Want to make something totally unique that's a blast to play? You can't go wrong with the Mini S-Style Kit. It's just like its big brother but with a shorter scale and tuned an octave above conventional tuning. You can play all the same chords and scales you know with a completely new tone.

Looking for a super-easy first build?
If you've been on the fence about trying your first guitar build, this kit is just what you need. Everything comes pre-routed—the bridge location is already pre-drilled. Each neck is fit to each pocket for a super tight neck joint.

And, it's a one day build. Open the box in the morning and you'll be playing by afternoon. If you have a coffee table, you've got enough space to build this simple kit.

Don't let the size fool you
This guitar sounds and plays just like a full scale guitar. Everything from the nut width (1-5/8") to the electronics and hardware are the same size as traditional Strat-style guitars (other than the neck plate). While everything is perfect right out of the box, it's easy to make this guitar your own. From vintage vibe to crazy modern, you can customize this guitar exactly how you want.

    Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit includes:
  • Mahogany body, ready for final sanding and finishing
  • Body is pre-routed and drilled for the proper placement of the neck, pickups, control cavity and bridge
  • Pre-fretted mahogany neck with blank peghead and pre-installed truss rod
  • 16.3" (414mm) scale length with 1-5/8" nut width
  • Pre-installed fingerboard inlays
  • Slotted nut
  • Sealed tuners
  • White pickguard (3-ply laminated w/b/w)
  • Pickups, pots, and switch are pre-wired for easy installation
  • Output jack
  • Classic Strat-style hardtail bridge and chrome hardware
  • Setup adjustment wrenches
  • Strings
  • Detailed instructions written specifically for this kit

Explore new sounds!
This little guitar sounds great in standard tuning, but you can explore so many more tones. In standard tuning these play best with light gauge strings (.09s or lighter) due to the shorter scale. For a totally new but familiar tone, we've enjoyed tuning these to Double Drop D, A to A (like a capo at the 5th fret), and all sorts of open tunings. Find what inspires you.

Build your little rocker today.



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Instructions for Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Mini S-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

Amendment to June 25th Review

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Verified Buyer


Amendment to my review of June 25th. After cutting the nut to height I had no problem adjusting the intonation of all strings. It frets properly all the way up the neck. Got a response from StewMac support about the gauge of the strings and the 1st string breaking problem. The kit comes with a .009 set that will have a problem tuning up the full octave. They sent me (free) a .008 1st string that will tune up. Good service, good little kit. If you want to tune up a full octave get a set of .008 strings.

5.0

Great weekend project.

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Verified Buyer


I bought this as a weekend project to work on with my son. Overall, the quality seems good for the price point, and is similar to other inexpensive kit guitars I’ve assembled. Total build time was just about 6 hours, although a lot of that was waiting between coats of dye/stain/lacquer.
I encountered the tuning issue described by other reviewers, but found some good suggestions in product reviews. My solution was to tune the strings to ADGCEA, which makes the instrument functional. Honestly, the kiddo loves having a guitar his size and doesn’t notice the difference.

4.0

Good for the price.

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Verified Buyer


Got this hoping my grandson could play it as well as his small nylon string acoustic he takes lesson on. It requires some tweaking to make it work. Looks like I will have to remove or shorten the spring in the 6th string saddle and cut the screw so it doesn't interfere with the string to try to get it all the way back to adjust intonation. Not sure that will be enough. The biggest disappointment is the tuning. The adds and videos claim and show octave tuning. I haven't been able to tune the 1st string to E without breaking the string. Request to StewMac support as to string gauge has been unanswered. I don't want Nashville tuning or detuning for for a beginner but it looks like that is the only option. I will be checking for other instrument strings that might tune up to E. No complaints about the quality or fit of the kit. If it tuned as advertised I would give it 5 stars.

1.0

if you want experience building a guitar go for it

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Verified Buyer


I am not a fan of this kit. It will not tune without breaking strings, the tuning machines have a ton of slack, one of them I have to turn 2 revolutions before it begins to tighten or loosen the string. Was going to give to my grand daughter but it is not worthy of her. I was sorely disapointed

Response from StewMac


Hi Loren,

Thanks you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the Mini S-Style Electric Guitar Kit did not meet your expectations. We have sent you an email so that we can work on making this right. Just reply to that message when you can, and one of our customer support reps will assist you. We look forward to hearing from you.

4.0

Lots of Fun to Build

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Verified Buyer


I bought this because it was on sale and I thought it would help pass the time during the pandemic. It was a lot of fun to build, all the parts were there and fit perfectly. I just did a natural finish because I was a little low on paint and didn't want to go out to the store. I still need to do a setup, but everything worked right out of the box, and no trouble-shooting was required.

5.0

Love this mini!

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Verified Buyer


I recognized many people have issues with tuning which gave me the idea to change the nut and use lighter gauged strings on E, A, D, ang G strings. And slightly heavier guaged strings on B and high E strings. I just tune this guitar to Nashville tuning. Lowest 4 Strings tunes up an octave and High B and E strings tuned normal without raising up an octave. It has an amazing singing Rhythm quality. I couldn’t be happier. I still haven’t finished mine but will be painting it with Color Tone nitro aerosol in Sonic Blue. I’ll post photos when done.

4.0

First time builder and it worked!

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I bought this kit for the kiddo and I've played it more than him, heh.
The body came in good condition, everything that came with it was there.
I'm not a woodworker by trade, but to my eye the body looked great. A single piece of mahogany. The neck fit very snug as well.
My one of two gripes/warnings was that my blank headstock didn't really match the template that Stewmac has a pdf for. I wished I had known that prior to working the template so long. It wasn't a big deal or showstopper.
My other gripe is that the high E string saddle had some extraneous metal poking out inside where the ball of the string is inserted, preventing the string to sit properly. I managed to get around the issue by filing it down. All the other saddles were fine.

All in all it was a fun learning experience and my kiddo now has an opportunity to get into electric guitar.

4.0

Tiny nice guitar, that's all

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Verified Buyer


I've never build guitar before, so this kit is the first build kit for me.

I bought this kit for some experiment - Change it to HSS with single sized humbucker, and change electronics.

It's no so easy to make the color what I want with the stain work, but I enjoy the process.

So, I changed some parts and here's the list.

[Pickup]
Neck position : Dimazio single pickup from Musicman Silhouette guitar.
Bridge : Duncan JB Jr.

[Electronics]
Pots : CTS 500K for Volume, two of push-pull 250K/500K from HOSCO, for Tone. (Each pull lever for Kill / switching to single mode)
Switch : Schaller Megaswitch M
Wire diagram : Refer to Shur HSS wiregram (so I use 2 470k resistants)

[ETC]
It needs to more routing on body.

After the build, when I test the guitar, electronics works well, and Sounds pretty good.
But, like other reviews, there's problem with the intonation. Bridge saddle had to go almost the backside end of the bridge, and it caused screw touched the strings. This problem make buzz sound especially on 3rd strings in my case.

And, I agreed with some opinions about the Tuning. I think that this kit can't be make the standard tuning(and octave standard). Maybe the upper octave Low A(A, D, G, C, E, A) or B tune(B, E, A, D, F#, B) are fits on this guitar I think.

However, This guitar is SO TINY and CUTE. Very important point on this guitar.

Thanks for Stewmac Team that give a chance to buy and build this tiny guitar.
(Unfortunately, Parts price that I used for this guitar were more expensive than this kit...)

5.0

Really fun

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to assemble with my son.
It was well packed, easy to assemble, and a lot of fun.
I got a really good looking body so I left it as raw wood and sealed it.

A little bit hard to get perfect intonation, but overall it is a ton of fun to play and it looks really cool hanging on the wall.
Great conversation starter too. Everyone wants to play it.

5.0

Pour mes petits-enfants

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Verified Buyer


Cette mini S était très facile à monter. Les parties sont de bonne qualité, et je suis content. Je l'ai construit pour mes petits-fils. À présent, on attend la fin du confinement à cause du corona-virus, pour qu'ils puissent l'essayer.

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