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Mini T-Style Electric Guitar Kit

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 multiple tunings due to the shorter scale. For a totally new but familiar tone, we've enjoyed tuning these one octave up in standard, 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.

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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4.0
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2.0

Cute But Scale Length Is Problematic

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Tuning to standard pitch leaves the strings too slack. They won't intonate properly because fretting them stretches them way sharp. Tuning an octave high will break the high E and B strings. Tuning to A-A is better but still has serious intonation problems with normal guitar strings. Would not recommend it for a child or student. I'm going to build a custom neck with a 21.3" scale and see if I can make this little beast work.

5.0

Great Kit for Celecaster Project

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Here it is! Celecaster, the new Celeste's little guitar!

We, me and my 7 years old daughter Celeste, started for fun this Celecaster project,
spending free time in building this guitar.
It was exiting and inspiring for future projects.

Thanks to StewMac. All parts fit together very well and the quality of all components
are worth the kit price.

5.0

It’s even better than I’d imagined it

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My partner and I welcomed our new little girl into the world last summer and we wanted to make sure she had every opportunity available to succeed in art, academics, and definitely music!
I chose the Tele style and opening the box I was already excited.
It was well packed and got here quickly, but seeing and holding it for myself was even better. It not only feels solid and high quality but the looks, the grain and even the size are also quite perfect! I immediately showed my partner and even unfinished, straight out of the box, her eyes just lit up and she absolutely loved it as well. It’s definitely going to be a really fun project to complete assembling and then finishing with stain and finally lacquer. Giving this mini Tele to the little one is going to be a real treat!
Waiting until she’s old enough looks like it’s going to be the most difficult part about it!
I cannot recommend this enough if you’d like to make a unique instrument for your children, or even yourself, because even I can’t wait to finish it and plug it into one of my tube amps and dime it! I may even buy another one just for myself! Thank you my Stewmac friends, you’ve done it again!

4.0

Screaming Cricket

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I bought this kit to build for my college aged daughter who plays uke, and wanted a small electric, as she viewed that as less difficult/less commitment than a full sized guitar.

I just finished last night, and the end product is great. My only issues were (i) the neck pick up didn't work out of the box; and (ii) the wiring diagram is not accurate (same comments as other reviews).

The neck pick up had a bad contact inside the cover that I am still working through, and I have requested a replacement from StewMac. My temp fix was to drop in a golden age tele neck pick I had for another project!

Wiring diagram comments are the same as below - I think the instructions actually have you wiring the pickups in reverse to the standard switch orientation, but that's no big deal.

Overall, very happy with this little kit. We plugged it in last night and this little guitar kicks - hence why we have dubbed it the "Screaming Cricket".

5.0

Quick delivery to Norway

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Lookin foreward to start this project :-)

5.0

Great Little Project Kit!

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My daughter and I put this together for some dad/daughter time. She plays tenor uke. With some little tweaks, this is good accompaniment for her.

We set it on fire, sanded it back and stained it, then rubbed in poly for the finish. We ordered compensated saddles, locking tuners and a few other goodies. I wanted to make sure that this was more than just a novelty to me.

As it turns out, this is one of my favorite instruments at this moment.

5.0

Little Red

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wow what a nice product. watched all the videos alot of good imfor.kit went together great. I ended up having to go to a 9 for little E. I put side marker on the neck. nice little guitar.

3.0

Good kit for the money, but some details off

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The fit and machine work was good for the most part, but the nut pocket (I hate to say slot because that infers the slots on the nut that the strings sit) was off, where the nut sits angled towards the headstock, so the intonation is off. Of course I didn’t notice this until completely finishing the guitar and neck. The other machining that was slightly off was the bridge pickup route, so the pickup rubs the side of the route.
Other than these faults, the other machining seems to be good, the frets were very level as is, and the neck pocket was tight and straight. The kit was easy to put together.

4.0

Nice little kit.

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I completed the build on the T-Style kit in November. It’s a nice basic kit, nothing extraordinary but given the price, acceptable. The build was straightforward with good instructions included. Only problem was with the very basic bridge which did not allow me to compensate correctly, I had to settle for “that will have to do”. The way the bridge is made you are compensating two strings at a time, so you have to do your best and pick the best balance you can achieve. To be fair, this is not a high grade guitar, it’s not going to do everything you may want. My grandson loved it, he’s six, and is learning to play. It’s a good guitar to start off on.

2.0

Lots of Promise...But

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I bought this kit as a Christmas present for my son, hopefully I'll be able to iron out the following issues prior to the big day... For the sake of background, I'm a woodworker and have built a number of electric guitars.

INTONATION: I finished the guitar relatively quickly, but getting the intonation dialed in has been next to impossible. The nut needs adjustment to get the intonation right on the lower frets, the factory nut is just too high. Meanwhile tuning it an octave above standard is next to impossible, even using an 8 as the high E. Using a lower tuning, i.e. the A-to-A mentioned by others, or even octave-up D-to-D means pulling the saddles WAY back. Finally, the tuners are just garbage, tons of slop, some seem inexplicably smoother than others, who knows I'll buy some more I guess.

ELECTRONICS: I wired the pickups to the selector switch according to the somewhat confusing instructions (why are there two grounds coming off the volume pot if you are just going to cut one off, just change the factory requirements?). Wired per the included instructions, the selector switch only makes a tone in the middle position, while the tone and volume knobs seem to be switched, with the tone doing absolutely nothing. Also the output seems to be attenuated for some reason. I'll work this out when I get a chance, but given that there are a whopping six solder joints, this really should have been sorted out properly at the factory and more clearly written up in the instructions. Also, Stewmac should have included some shielding tape.

Overall I'm pretty disappointed with the fundamental design of this kit, as well as some of the fit and finish.

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