StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit

StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5297
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$548.52

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Bolt-on Neck

Mahogany Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Bolt-on Neck

Item # 5324
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$548.43

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5297-T
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$563.07

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Bolt-on Neck

Mahogany Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Bolt-on Neck

Item # 5324-T
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$562.98

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5298
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$582.36

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Bolt-on Neck

Rosewood Back & Sides, Sitka Top, Bolt-on Neck

Item # 5325
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$582.29

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Dovetail Neck

Item # 5298-T
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$596.92

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Bolt-on Neck

Rosewood Back & Sides, Torrefied Top, Bolt-on Neck

Item # 5325-T
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$596.85

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StewMac Triple-O Acoustic Guitar Kit

About This Item

Torrefied tops now available!
Build a great sounding 000-size guitar from AAA-grade tonewoods. Start with the advantage of precision machining from our Ohio shop.

  • Carved mahogany neck
  • Accurately bent sides
  • Bookmatched back, joined and cut to shape
  • AAA spruce top with soundhole and rosette channel
  • Solid ebony fingerboard, bridge, and overlays

Designed with your success in mind
With the kit, you get a lot of help to make sure your guitar turns out great. The full-size blueprint is modeled after a prized vintage Martin, and shows exactly how every part fits. A sturdy cardboard body mold holds the guitar sides in the perfect contour as you build.

The instruction book is really a short course in guitarmaking, by luthiers Todd Sams and Dan Erlewine; no other kit has anything like it. Todd and Dan made the step-by-step DVD that's included with the kit, too (over $40 value). From start to finish, these guitarmakers guide you to a successful build.

You don't need a big shop
We've done the critical machining, so the neck joint and other parts fit well right from the start.

A slotted bone nut and shaped bone saddle are included, along with inlays, bindings and our two-way Hot Rod truss rod. (We know that tuning machines are something you'll prefer to choose for yourself.)

New torrefied spruce option
Choose a torrefied spruce top for the stability, tone and look of well-aged vintage wood. This high-temperature, low-oxygen kiln drying improves the wood, similar to decades of natural aging.

    Included in our kits:
  • Solid AAA tonewoods: spruce, rosewood and mahogany
  • Precisely machined neck joint at the 12-fret, dovetail or bolt-on
  • Bridge pins, end pin, frets, bindings, rosette and trim
  • Hot Rod two-way adjustable truss rod
  • Precut heavy cardboard moldsĀ for trouble-free body assembly
  • Full-size blueprint and bracing template
  • Illustrated 36-page spiral-bound instruction book
  • Step-by-step DVD: Building an Acoustic Guitar Kit

View the complete parts list (PDF file 105KB).

What tools do you need to build this kit?
Our kit instructions has a complete list of all tools and supplies needed. We offer easy-to-order sets of the tools that kit builders find most useful.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Triple-O Guitar Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the 000 Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.

John Calkin's Review of StewMac's Acoustic Guitar Kit

Luthier John Calkin built and reviewed our rosewood acoustic guitar kit for American Lutherie, the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

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5.0

Great Guitar kit. Fun to play and it sounds good too!

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Verified Buyer


I am not a wood worker and I have a limited amount work space and tools but I still went ahead and bought the OOO kit along with the some tools; fretting files, scrapers, etc. I took my time and researched everything when it came time to do something that I have never done before. Which was everything. Slowly it came together. The wood and parts are all high quality and I appreciate the expert help that I received, when needed, from the StewMac technical help folks. Also the DVD was a great resource.

Bottom line this kit is well worth it. I have recently purchase the D-28 kit and this one will not take as long to build. Keep on pickin'.

5.0

Great kit and customer service!

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Verified Buyer


This is my first guitar kit. Stew Mac did a great job with this kit. I recently had a problem with one of the parts but all it took was one email to Stew Mac's customer service and Larry Anderson made it right by immediately shipping me replacement parts at no cost. I am very confident that I will build a great guitar especially with Stew Mac who customer service is second to none! Thanks again! And hats off to Larry Anderson!

5.0

Excellent value, excellent materials.

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Verified Buyer


Rosewood back and sides are a very good grade. Torrefied sitka top is very nice too. Looking forward to building this and playing it.

5.0

Great kit (000 Acoustic Guitar)

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Verified Buyer


Kit has just arrived, well packaged and undamaged as far as I can tell. Instructions and blueprints look detailed and clear (I haven't viewed the DVD yet). A warning for other UK purchasers; I opted for one of the cheaper delivery options (USPS Priority International), but there was still import duty equating to an additional 25% of the cost of the kit. Looking forward to starting work on the build. Thanks Stewmac.

5.0

Gguitar 000

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Verified Buyer


I am enjoying assembling the kit. All parts fit well. I am very pleased with the quality of the wood and the accuracy of the components.

5.0

Thrilled with this kit!

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Verified Buyer


I have built my first two acoustics entirely from scratch with good results -although it took me forever. Over the past two years, I have acquired just about ALL the tools needed to bend, build and finish acoustic guitars, as well as most of the necessary skills. I've acquired enough wood to build a lifetime of acoustics, but just had to check out this kit!

It didn't hurt to study Stewmac's excellent printed instructions and view the video -you always learn a few new things. The materials (especially the torrified spruce top) are first class and everything is machined just enough to leave a good amount of work for a beginner to enjoy the challenge of completing this instrument. What's absolutely priceless is the feeling of accomplishment and the self confidence you will gain from the assembly, finishing (and of course playing) a first-rate instrument.

5.0

Love these kits

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Verified Buyer


I'm a hobby builder and this is my 26th guitar. I've bent sides, carved necks, cut fret slots, and done it all. Once you've done it a few times you have decide if the goal is making a guitar or making sawdust. Either is fine, but this kit comes with 90% of the stuff I don't like to do already done, and it's done to a high caliber. The process is all that much more enjoyable and there's nothing about this kit that keeps you from building a super premium instrument.

4.0

Good Product, Excellent Service.

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Verified Buyer


I Like this kit. I built another kit many years ago from another company and I will say this is a much more well thought out kit. It is a good method for building a nice guitar, given a reasonable level of skill. There are some things that could be a little more well thought out as far as assembly.

I liked the idea of not having to use an external mold. In practice I found the cardboard inner form and the clamp did not work for me. I was unable to close the gap at the waist to the required dimension. It would have worked fine had I bent the sides to fit the form but as the sides had been pre-bent for who knows how long, they were much too stiff. Another problem was that the sides had splits on the neck block ends. I repaired these but when I saw the form would not work I thought I would call your tech support.

I talked with Aaron in tech support and he sent me a different set of sides as well as blocks. I sure appreciated his help and prompt attention. In the meantime I built an external mold which solved the problem.

Overall the quality of the kit is good. The materials seem to be good quality. Other than the design issue I am satisfied with the kit and would recommend it for a first time build.

Once again I thought the service was excellent. It arrived quickly and was well packaged.

Thanks,

Terry

5.0

000 kit

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Verified Buyer


The guitar turned out well considering my woodworking skills, and it sounds pretty amazing. A luthier I know was willing to lend me spool clamps and let me use his jig for routing the binding and purfling, as well as offering expertise when I ran into difficulties. I used a french polish instead of lacquer to finish the guitar, and I'm happy with the results. After the french polish, the torrified top looks like vintage patina--beautiful honey-yellow.

A couple of small complaints: The dreadnought kit comes with bracing already cut and shaped, but not the triple-0, which strikes me as somewhat unfair. The X-bracing had to be shaped and scalloped by hand, and the back braces I received were sized for the dreadnought and had to be trimmed in length and then tapered by hand. Not a deal-breaker, but an annoying delay while I figured out how to do those tasks.

I ran into a couple of concerns with the dovetail neck. The base of the"V" of the dovetail's mortise didn't fit all the way back in the tenon of the neck block, and while several people eventually told me that this was common in guitar construction, a mention of that in the instructions and/or video would have been useful. Also, the "tongue" of the tenon required quite a bit of shaving back (more than 1/4 inch) so that it wouldn't hit the neck block as I fitted the neck to the body. Knowing in advance that it might be needed would have been good so that I wouldn't have had to worry about hitting a chisel or saw blade against the truss rod collar as I shaved down the "tongue."

The customer-support was excellent, easing concerns and providing instruction/confirmation on how I was proceeding. I was lamenting the fact that one of the fretboard diamonds was off-center, and the technician said I would be able to forgive myself for that, which was a comfort. I'm still annoyed that I screwed that up, but I can indeed forgive myself for it when I look at the totality of the instrument.

I submitted the instrument for the Staff/Faculty Art & Craft show at the college where I work, titled "Guitar--some assembly required."

5.0

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Verified Buyer


Got my Guitar kit from this amazing company. I had a few problems assembling it when I first started. I expressed this to them and, not expecting anything, they shipped me some replacement parts at no charge. Blew me away. In my humble opinion it is hard to find a company, any company that provides the level of service these folks do....just amazing...whatever you purchase from these folks I know in my heart you will be happy...Thank you to you all. Nicely done!

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