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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 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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4.0
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4.0

This is a really great kit and have really enjoyed the process, instructions need some extra

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I've really enjoyed building this project with my son, he's been super keen to get his hands on a small size guitar for some time, and I've been keen on finally doing some guitar building. This is an excellent way to start out that journey and I'm really happy with the project build and quality of the instrument. The only thing I could add is that the instructions need some improvement, specifically the section on the electronics soldering, which seems vague and I've had to do some research to get it right. Both the text and images of that section need to be more detailed -- so happy with everything else!

2.0

Excellent wood parts

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Verified Buyer


While the neck & body of this kit fit very well and finished very nicely, I had a few issues after assembly. I learned a lot about string tension, and what the lack of string tension can do to playing in tune. Standard pitch does not work with this mini-guitar. I had to tune A to A before it started sounding like anything you'd want to play. The tuners in this kit aren't best. The ratio is very high, making tuning a challenge. Very minute movements are required to tune. The bridge and saddles are of low quality. Mine had a horrible buzz on all strings. I made it into a "string-thru" which helped a lot, but I ended up replacing the saddles also to make the guitar playable. Fret work was fine, everything was level, just required a bit of TLC. Good basic kit, but be aware that standard tuning is not possible and be prepared to buy some extra parts.

2.0

Fun to build but a waist of time if you can't play it!

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Verified Buyer


I built this guitar kit for my grandson who plays classical guitar and wanted an electric guitar for his birthday. The build was finished with no problems but trying to tune it was another story. Actually, it still doesn't stay in tune. The neck is so soft that I finally tuned it up to an A just to get enough tension on the strings so that they would stay close to tuned. Trying to set the intonation was extremely frustrating. The string length is all over the place which shouldn't be. I have read all of the customer reviews posted and it seems that they all have the same problem. It appears that you need to be a professional guitar builder to have a chance of making this a playable guitar. I need your advice as to the best practices to make this project a success. I put heavier strings and tuned it up to an A but just fretting a string will pull it out of tune. I'm really not interested in investing a couple hundred bucks on a wall hanger! My grandson loves his guitar and wants to play it!
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

Response from StewMac


Hi Terrie,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the Mini T-Style Electric Guitar Kit did not work for you as expected. We have sent you an email so that we can work on making this right. Just reply to that message when you get a chance and our customer service team will take care of everything. We look forward to hearing back from you and can't thank you enough for this helpful feedback.

4.0

Great kit for the money

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Verified Buyer


Just finished my build pretty straight forward, going to be for my god daughter, have a feeling the other nieces and nephews are going to want one too now

5.0

Great guitar setup tips

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Verified Buyer


For a start the guitar is able to be tuned to high E
Build is impressive all fits together good
When tuning to high E use 8-39 strings when i first used these strings i found that the high e un-wound at the ball end when trying to tune to pitch and broke. I recommend soldering the winds at the ball end. After i did that it has not broke since.
The saddle plate was slightly uneven but managed to sort it out
There is quite a bit of mains hum as the kit does not use shielded cables so i used some copper tape and a shielded cable to the jack and now it is acceptable
I did change the saddles to compensated ones but they made the intonation worse. So, i stuck on some standard brass ones and intonation is now very close. Being light gauge strings the normal type saddles work just fine. I replaced the string trees with Tusq to limit possible string breakage
I also put Wilkinson EZ-LOK tuners. I have been playing it for a few weeks now with the high e tuning and I am keeping it that way as its nice to double normal tuned guitar with the high octave.
Lastly I used a Tru-oil finish on it. i used a walnut stain on both guitar body and neck then 4 coats of true oil, then some stock sheen and conditioner on it, all this comes in a kit so it was mega easy to do
I am now left with a guitar I am quite proud to call my own build, and a very usable and handy instrument Would recommend this to anyone interested in guitars

5.0

Small Guitar With a Lot to Offer..

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Verified Buyer


I was intrigued by this kit, and I thought to build it for use as a travel guitar. When I received it, I was impressed that the temporary assembly of parts had been completed as a quality control measure. I had been inspired by Ry Cooder’s custom Vox mando-guitar which he has setup with eight strings (double the B & E). So I proceeded to do the same. I purchased a twelve string tail piece so that I could double the B & E strings. I used grain filler on the mahogany body and neck, and finished it with cherry lacquer. Having seen issues with string tension with standard tuning, I started out by tuning the little guitar to the 5th fret of standard tuning (A-D-G-C-E-A). This works well with no unusual tension required. I now have it tuned to open A (A-C#-A-C#-E-A), and the little guitar has become a platform to learn playing in open tuning as well as to serve as a travel guitar. I bought a case for it that is designed for a baritone ukulele and that works very well.

5.0

I just had to have it!

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Verified Buyer


when I saw the Mini T kit I flipped out and immediately threw down on it. It ships mostly assembled with what looks like quality components, can't wait to start

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.

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