I Finally Finished My Stew Mac SG Guitar Kit.................

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by JeffBlue, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. JeffBlue

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    I couldn't bring myself to use the enclosed pickups, tuners, bridge and tailpiece so I added my own. Seymour Duncan 59/JB, Grover tuners, GFS brass roller bridge and heavier tailpiece. I had years previously bought an opened Seymour Duncan Triple Shot and installed it on the bridge pickup. Sounds and plays beautifully.
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    Been sorely tempted to try one of those kits.
     
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    I bought this one on sale. For the price you pay, the parts seem lacking in quality. I did also change all of the pots and wiring. Overall a nice guitar.
     
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    Ya done good!
     
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    Looks nice. I didn't even know they offered an SG.
    Glue in or bolt on neck?
     
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    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    I'm curious what you think you have in the guitar with all the parts you had to replace. The whole idea of buying a "kit" where you plan to throw half of it away kind of troubles me. Also how as the fretwork?
     
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    Most definitely a glued-on neck.
     
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    Same here, Preactor, but I'm afraid I'd end up more sore than tempted!
     
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    You now have a glorified guitar.. using those parts mentioned definitely adds its own pizzazz!
     
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    I believe, this is just me, if you use the parts that come with the guitar kit, you may be disappointed. I paid $140 for the kit and you know all of the parts HAVE to be cheesy import stuff for Stew Mac to make any cash on the guitar. I probably have about another $300 or $400 in the guitar but I think that is worth having invested the time and money into because the guitar sounds fantastic.

    The fretwork is okay and the neck feels nice when you play.
     
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    As an old friend of mine used to say... "fantazmo!"
     
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    Nice work! I like the changes you made to the parts. That should be a perfectly giggable guitar.
     
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    I bought on of those kits too when they were on sale, but now they don't have them listed anymore. They have the LP Jr kit on sale for $150 and a LP with Spalted Maple top for $200.

    I've been buying parts for it before the build. Got a rollor bridge(GFS), Tusq nut(Stewmac), waiting on a Duesenberg Les Trem II to show up and got a couple of Deneb-Tone Rail Pole HB's to put in it. I'll try out the tuners that came with it first and I have CTS pots/caps already(don't trust mini pots).

    The body is very light and was thinking about getting a B5 Bigsby to give it some weight on the end, but the Duesenberg works great and it's half the price of the B5.

    Did you have any issues with the neck to bridge angle?
     
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    I think you have an excellent game plan. I think the neck angle leaves my bridge higher than I like, but it is what it is. I like top-wrapping my tailpieces anyway so it isn't an issue. The tone and sustain on this guitar kit is very nice.

    I used orange drop caps, .047 on the neck tone and .033 on the bridge. Sounds really good.
     
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    Yours looks good and I'm glad it worked out for you, gives me hope that mine will end up looking good too. Mine looks like everything is going to work out. Has one tuner hole that's a little bit off, but not too bad.
     
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    FWIW, I've built two guitars from Stew-mac kits that were gifted to me. I used very few of the components that came with the kits; on the 335 here I used only the body, neck, pots, caps, knobs, & switch. Both of 'em turned out real nice.
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    Very nice.
     
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    Welcome to Stewart MacDonald. Lowest bang for your buck products and highest shipping in the bizz.
     
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