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S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

S-Style Electric Guitar Kit S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

Item # 5281
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$199.99

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S-Style Kit + 50% Off Sonic Blue Finishing Set

S-Style Kit + 50% Off Sonic Blue Finishing Set

Item # 15280
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List Price $299.29
Your Price $244.29

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S-Style Kit + 50% Off 3-Tone Tobacco Sunburst Finishing Set

S-Style Kit + 50% Off 3-Tone Tobacco Sunburst Finishing Set

Item # 15281
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List Price $361.01
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S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

About This Item

Welcome to guitar building!
If you're new to guitar building this kit's a great way to start: this is the classic electric guitar design that's fun to build, and you'll learn a lot.

The mahogany body and smooth neck are higher quality than other kits at this price. The parts fit perfectly, and with our instructions this is an easy build that makes a great guitar — and a great gift!

We've included a great set of illustrated instructions that'll take you step-by-step through the whole process from: creating a custom peghead, installing and aligning the neck, wiring the pickups, applying a finish, installing all the hardware and even giving your guitar a custom setup.


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:

Sonic Blue Also sold separately
This is the beautiful light blue seen on Fender guitars from the 1960s. The super vibrant blue was inspired by the hot rod cars of southern California.

3-Tone Tobacco Sunburst Also sold separately
This is the beloved Strat color! Introduced in 1958, the 3-Tone Tobacco Sunburst has a timeless look and unmatched depth.


Whether it's your first or your 50th, this is an affordable way to build a great guitar.

    Kit includes:
  • An upgraded mahogany body pre-routed and drilled for the proper placement of the neck, pickups, control cavity and bridge
  • Pre-fretted Indian Laurel fingerboard
  • Mahogany neck with blank peghead and pre-installed 2-way truss rod
  • Pre-installed fingerboard inlays
  • Slotted nut
  • Sealed tuners
  • A pre-wired pickguard assembly for easy installation
  • Output jack
  • Classic Strat-style vibrato bridge and chrome hardware
  • Strings
  • Setup adjustment wrenches


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


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Instructions

Product Instructions

S-style Electric Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the 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

Patience is key to success

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Verified Buyer


S Style Kit received as a gift. Learned tons during 2 months of sanding, painting, polishing, filing, fret work, soldering, drilling, researching, adjusting & learning from mistakes. The kit itself had flaws such as several popped fret ends requiring gluing & body too thin for trem block (yes, there is an adjustment for that) but Stew MAC tech, Gene, coached me thru those plus finishing challenges and sent me needed supplies. Finished product plays & looks good. I highly recommend Stew Mac kits based on the Customer Service received.

In hindsight, this was a fun Covid project and patience is key to success. Instructions could use updating with fret board radius actually 9.5ā€ vs 16ā€ and better finishing steps found in another Stew Mac tutorial (i12225). If using the Nitrocellulose lacquer finishing products, listen to instructions and use a well ventilated area and respirator mask. I sprayed outside and was still troubled by the fumes. Also, had to purchase several different grits of sandpaper, wait out bad weather and curing times to get the desired finish. Bottom line is Iā€™m proud of the finished product and it was a fantastic learning experience. Thank you Stew Mac and Gene!

2.0

did not line up

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Verified Buyer


I bought this kit from Stew Mac, I thought they were considered the best quality. The package arrived in good time that was were the good times stopped. The neck was really loose in the pocket; I looked online and was told that it will be okay. There are only two places where there are pre holes, in the body for the neck and bridge. When I assembled the neck, bridge, and pick-ups do not line up. I had experienced builders look at it and said you need to fill in the wholes Stew Mac (the pros) did and re drill them and line them up. This is my first build and thought it would be fun. I hope I can fix it so it is playable. If I do another build I will go to another company save money and better quality.

Response from StewMac


Hi James,

We are so sorry that your first build wasn't fun and had these complications. That's unacceptable. Two things I need to relay:

Your comments helped us evaluate and improve the quality of this kit and our process. We are now shipping kits with better fitting parts for a trouble-free build.

And we're happy our customer service team was able to make things right with you -- we thank you for this opportunity and hope StewMac can help you with your next guitar!

2.0

Has some flaws....  spend the extra dollars on a higher end kit.

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Verified Buyer


I bought this kit with the intent on using some of the parts and keeping some others and ultimately selling off the guitar.

What was good: I got the kit after only a few days and it appeared to be complete. I loved the feel of the neck enough that I decided to keep it in my own stash of parts.

What was bad:
The body had some waves behind the bridge that needed to be sanded smooth.

The kit neck didn't fit snugly in the pocket. There was about a 1/16" gap.

I decided I didn't want the loaded pickguard so I put it on an old squire strat I had to sell it off. Some of the screw holes were far enough off that the screws wouldn't go in. So, had I used this pickguard on the kit build and swapped for a new one later I would have had to re-drill screw holes

Upon using a different neck ( that was the same thickness as the kit neck) I noticed the neck was higher above the pick guard than expected. This was due to the neck pocket being shallower than a typical fender pocket. A little more assembly and i noticed the trem-block protruded out of the back of the body as well. Maybe the body blank was too thin before it was routed out? Fixing it required routing the neck pocked deeper and taking apart the trem and machining about .100" off the trem-block to get the back cover on.

I understand that I used a neck that didn't come with the kit, but these are things I would have had to address had I used the supplied neck, too.

I've bought a lot from Stewmac, but this kit was a turd. Thankfully I have the tool experience to fix the issues or I would have been stuck with an unplayable guitar.

Apparently you can only upload one photo, so this is a photo of the trem-block poking through the back of the guitar. And yes, it is assembled per the instructions

Response from StewMac


Hi Ryan,

We're sorry this kit did not meet your expectations, and from what you've explained, it does not meet ours either! Thanks to your helpful feedback, we were able to find and correct the source of these issues with this kit. Rest assured, our stock has been checked for the accuracy and quality. Our customer service team is working with you now to make things right, so you can continue to build quality instruments with us.

5.0

Stewmac Delivers

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Verified Buyer


A couple of weeks ago I ordered the S-Style kit from Stewmac and it arrived about four days after I placed the order. I loved what I saw so I quickly ordered another one. When the second kit arrived it had some issues with the condition of the pick guard and some other issues with the condition of the neck. I sent an email to Stewmac and told them the product didn't meet my expectations and that I was sending it back. Stewmac's customer service rep, Zack, got back to me right away and told me to return the kit and they would send me out anther one. I had the new kit in my hands within 10 days and this was a product I was happy with. My issue came when I had my office assistant mail the kit back. A couple of days later I got an invoice From FedEx for $152.00 and I was sure that the freight to return the kit would have been picked up by Stewmac. I made one quick email to Zack asking about the return policy and he immediately issued an apology and a credit to my credit card to cover the FedEx charges. For a company operating with a large portion of their staff working from home I was impressed. Thanks Zach for your outstanding customer service!

3.0

It's Good Project - S Type

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Verified Buyer


This is my second StewMac guitar kit. I sort of knew what to expect. There were many things that missed the quality control inspector. The quality of the wood is NOT the best. It is difficult to get a good looking piece with a stained finish. So, painting is the way to go. I noticed right out of the box the frets where misaligned and not properly set into the neck. The nylon/plastic string guide fell off the neck while removing it from the packaging. I shrugged off these minor issues. The directions for the tremolo state, "For now, don't tighten the screws..." Unless I missed it, I still don't know if the screws get tightened ever. The mishaps continue with the 6 predrilled screw holes for the bridge. The holes were drilled off center so the screws all went in on an angle. But, wait there's more. No matter how I tried placing the pickguard, it would not fit evenly/square against the bridge. I didn't even bother with the string retains. No turning back with an error there! Finally, the tremolo cavity cover plate string holes were not aligned with the string holes on the bridge.

OK, with all that said...it was a fun project! My final piece looks pretty good, and I do recommend StewMac guitar kits. I learned a lot. The results are amazing if you take your time, and think things through. I didn't get a $2000 guitar, but I did get one that I can say I built. I am proud of that.

This is just my personal experience and opinions. Don't hesitate...get one!

3.0

Body too thin

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Verified Buyer


The kit body is approx, 41 mm thick compared to a strat that is 45 mm thick. The kit body is so thin that the tremolo block sticks out about a mm and will not allow for installation on the back tremolo cavity cover. I had to cut 4 mm off the bottom of the tremolo block in order for it to clear the cover.

5.0

Great Kit, AMAZING Service

By

Verified Buyer


Awesome kit, the Mahogany body is fantastic. A really great place to start learning about guitar making without worrying about making too many mistakes.

Only issue that came up was a weak tremolo bar that broke off in the bridge on the first go - HOWEVER StewMac replaced the broken parts no questions asked!

Shout-outs to Tommy S for the amazing customer service!

5.0

Great kit

By

Verified Buyer


I am still enjoying this kit, taking my time on it but so far impressed and the instructions are quite detailed.

5.0

my thoughts about the Kit  S-Style Electric Guitar Kit

By

Verified Buyer


I think the Kit was just fine and what I expected the wood was very fine and no cracks or warping and I liked that it was light and strong at the same time to and one other thing I was very surprised at how fast I was able to build this Instrument and having it working it took me just 5 hours in all and thought I know it needs a braking in time I like what I have and with looking and researching more I do believe I can upgrade it as far as I want to go and I would like to try PS: I did not paint it yet. I haven't decided what I want in colors to use yet Finally I'm Happy

5.0

Impressive Electric Guitar

By

Verified Buyer


Hi again, This is my second successful task, this time an electric guitar.
I'm waiting for the Gig-Bag.

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