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Mini T-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Mini T-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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Mini T-Style Electric Guitar Kit

About This Item

Don't let the size fool you
This little rocker is a REAL guitar—and a really fun project you'll be playing for years. You can build it in a weekend!

Get ready for the most fun you've had building and playing in ages. This mini T-Style guitar is not a toy or a wall hanger, 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.

A super-easy first build
If you've been looking for a simple project—this is the kit you need. Everything comes pre-routed, even 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.

Huge tone in a small package
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 Tele-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 T-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 (single-ply)
  • Neck and bridge pickups
  • Control plate with three-way switch, volume, and tone knobs is pre-wired for easy installation
  • Output jack
  • Classic Tele-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 Mini-T today!



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Instructions for Mini T-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Mini T-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

A lot of fun

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Verified Buyer


Went together easy, fun to play. Great quality, not a toy.

3.0

Easy and Average.

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Verified Buyer


It's a fun little guitar to make and play. But I prefer to look at it.

Stewmac prides themselves on their exceptional instructions. The instructions that came with this kit are not exceptional. There were several things that did not apply, like setting the pickup height and especially the wiring instructions. I have never wired anything before but I have pretty extensive woodworking experience. I managed the wiring through careful trial and error. And I watched videos for everything else that was confusing.

The sound is surprisingly good. It actually sounds like a Tele. The volume, tone and selector work like they should... if you wire it correctly.

The tuners are not good. They function properly, but not all of them turn smoothly. The scale length on this is 16.5 inches (or something like that). I have small hands, and I wish it was a little longer. The short scale makes it difficult to do barre chords.

Necessary modifications:
-This guitar would not stay in tune, until I filed the nut down.
-I had to seat one fret.

Optional modifications:
-I made my own pick guard, because I made a mini-replica. The pickguard that comes with the guitar is fine.
-I lined the routed parts with foil tape, which I STRONGLY recommend.
-I filed the sides of the frets so I could move my hand up and down the neck without it scratching. It was worse than any guitar you would buy new, but it was not that bad.
-The body is three unmatched pieces of mahogany. If I was not making a mini-replica, I would say this guitar needs a dark stain or it should be painted. Unless you get lucky.

4.0

Quick build

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Verified Buyer


This was my first time building an electric guitar. It wasn't too difficult, most of the assembly was intuitive. It was a fun little quarantine project. However, the instructions for the wiring and soldering were really lacking the details I needed. For example it said there was a ground wire that had to be clipped, but it did not say how short, or even how to distinguish it from the other 3 wires it may have been. I think i ended up doing most of it right, maybe some wrong. The volume knob works, the other one just creates a loud hum, and the switch does not seem to do anything. Would have been better if it was clearer which wires go where. Other than that, only real other issue is the size makes the high E string snap, I suggest tuning to A like a guitarlele and it works just fine. Carved palm trees in mine to make it more interesting.

5.0

Mini-Tele Built for Bebop

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Verified Buyer


Fine kit - joy to build and play
Switched to EMG pickups
Switched to flat wound strings
Logo designed in Adobe Illustrator, laser cut, stamped into high fire porcelain clay, bisque fired, the glazed and gas-fired, inlaid with epoxy putty
Tuned lo-high to: A-D-G-C-E-A
Nice to finger all sorts of otherwise unreachable chords, easy to move around quickly

5.0

Pandocaster

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Verified Buyer


This was a fun lockdown project. The body and neck were nice, and all the parts work well enough. I upgraded the bridge and ditched the pickguard for a pickup ring. Simple Tung oil finish. The scale length is a bit tricky... I ended up tuning in 5ths from A, with a high A 'drone' string (like a sitar) but I broke a few strings on the way to that solution. It's a nice companion for my 5-string electric mandolin.

4.0

Mini-T build

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Verified Buyer


Thought you folks would like to see what I did with the Mini-T kit.

I guess you could say that I went a bit crazy under the lock-down here in Seattle. It’s now got original Bigsby and Gretsch influences.

Noted features:
- Redwood burl veneer headstock
- Bean-style tuner buttons
- Gold shell fret markers and side dots
- Recessed neck plate
- 1/4” Birdseye maple top
- Faux tort binding
- Faux tort pickguard
- Gretsch Filter’tron neck pickup
- Push-pull phase switching knob for bridge pickup
- Full lacquer finish

Sent larger resolution images to “order@stewmac.com” yesterday.

Response from StewMac


Hi Brian,

Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. We are extremely impressed with your work! Very well done.

4.0

Nice Mini Guitar kit.

By

Verified Buyer


Easy to build. Wood quality is godd. This is not a toy. I like this one.

5.0

mini tele kit

By

Verified Buyer


Great project. Tailor made for some custom touches. Will send pics when completed.

4.0

not as pictured

By

Verified Buyer


Great little guitar but mine was made of three pieces of wood like many Fenders. If you're going to show a bookmatched body please show a disclaimer that the kit you send may not look at all like that and offer other body options. Because you sell various kits with different options I expected it to look like the one in the video. I intended to use "Tried & True" Original Wood Finish because of breathing issues so grain is important ascetically. Also the pickguard wasn't beveled as shown in the pictures. I was disappointed that I couldn't order it with the 4 way switch.
I broke the high E just as it got to pitch after carefully putting 7 wraps around the tuner post. I then tried an .008 and it worked fine. I then used gauges listed for a set of .007 - .036 which worked great. I'm a 77 year old retired musician and have found that Fender single coils need a heavier first string to balance with the other 5 strings. When I change strings I'll probably go down to one gauge lighter and stick with the .008. I have some .007's but only like them on acoustic instruments.

5.0

A quick, satisfying project

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Verified Buyer


Everything was carefully boxed and arrived in good condition. I was surprised at the quality of the wood for the price. Nicely matched figured mahogany. I had though about painting it but the wood was so nice I'm finishing it in stain and poly instead. Neck is well made, finished, and is straight. I can't wait for the final coats of finish to cure so I can complete it and try it out.

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