Anybody ever built a Stewmac acoustic kit?

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  1. erocypsi

    erocypsi Member

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    Wondering if anyone has built an acoustic from the Stewmac kit. If so, what is your impression? Bang for the buck? How hard was it to put together?
     
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    I built one of their wood-bodied reso kits several years ago. It was tough, but I customized it into a wood-bodied tricone instead of a single. Definitely good bang for the buck, but don't expect it to have any resale value. Great experience to string it up for the first time.
     
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    If they are anything like they were 40 years ago they are.
    I bought a Stewmac kit Banjo from a friend who built it. I got it from him in the late 70s.
    He sold it to me WAY cheap, and I didn't realize what I had until I traded it off for a Moog synth.
    I have played some very expensive banjos that didn't hold a candle to the Stewmac.
     
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    I know there's a video you can order that explains the build, and shows the needed specialized tools and the process.

    I think that would be a wise first step.
     
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    The StewMac stuff is not half bad
    but talk to John at Blues Creek
     
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    I built there mahogany dreadnought kit. Unless you already have a large variety of clamps, chisels, some powertools, etc. plan on spending 2x if not 3x total the cost of the kit itself.

    It sounded and played as good as the Martin D-18GE I owned at the time. But I'd already built an F-style mandolin, and I have a fair amount of woodworking/building experience.

    I sold mine to a fellow in Tennessee who loved it.
     
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    Wow, great info. Thanks everyone!
     
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    In the process, but stalled on progress for a while. Got the body all put together, and the neck, but haven't put the two together yet.
     

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