The right tools for your first build
Building your first kit guitar? Not sure what you need to build it? No need to worry. We have everything you need in this one set. This essential set works with our S-Style and T-Style kits and similar kits too.
This set is designed to help you build electric guitars with a bolt-on neck, where the neck is screwed to the body. We also have tool sets for set neck guitars like LP-Style and 335-Style kits.
With this set you can:
- Attach the neck
- Install the hardware
- Level and shape the frets
- Set up the guitar for perfect playability
You don't need a workshop to have a great first experience building a guitar. With just a few specialized tools you'll make sure the really critical jobs are done right. We worked with customers and our internal team of experts to make this essential tool set has everything you need for a worry free build.
Attaching the neck
Building a bolt-on neck guitar is a fun first project, and with the right tools it's easy to get a tight fitting, perfectly aligned neck on the first try. The Cam Clamp will hold the neck with the right amount of pressure so you can easily get the perfect fit to the pocket and bolt it on tight without worrying about it shifting or sliding.
Slotting the nut
The Nut Slotting Files are precisely made to help dial in the perfect setup at the nut.
Leveling and shaping the frets
The pre-installed frets on your kit will need a bit of leveling and shaping. With the Radius Block you can quickly and precisely level the frets and accurately maintain the fingerboard radius at the same time. The Medium 3-Corner Fret Dressing File is Dan Erlewine's favorite fret crowning file! This custom file is perfect for shaping the tops of your frets for buzz-free playability. The Fretting Hammer lets you seat any frets that may have popped up.
Installing the tremolo claw
Installing the tremolo claw properly is key to getting your bridge to function perfectly. The 1/8" Aircraft Extension Bit is 12" long to clear the body and drill the holes you need for the claw quickly and accurately.
Getting the precise measurements for a perfect build
An accurate ruler is the most important tool you'll own for building. When you are getting into building, the smallest details matter. Our Shop Rule is designed for working on guitars—it has precise measurements down to 1/64" for accurately measuring the height of nuts, saddles, pickups, and more. The back is a centering rule so you can locate the center of a neck or bridge saddle quickly and precisely.
Invest in making your new guitar play great
With a little patience anyone can build a great guitar! Building an instrument with your own hands is a life changing experience, and having the right tools will make every build more fun, frustration-free, and a true joy.
This set includes:
4895 Fretting Hammer
4840 1/8" Aircraft Extension Bit
0823 Nut Slotting File 0.013"
0828 Nut Slotting File 0.020"
0832 Nut Slotting File 0.035"
1602 3-Corner Fret Dressing File, Medium-cut
4905 StewMac Shop Rule
3721 Cam Clamp, Small
0418 Radius Sanding Block, 16"
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