Two times per year we run a 14-day full-time group guitar making course. This course is an excellent experience for learning to build your first guitar, but it also works well for makers who have already built an instrument but would like to develop their hand tool skills, work to a tried-and-tested schedule, or find news ways of working efficiently in the field of lutherie.
Students will be expected to follow this overview of the course:
Day 1: Bending sides, glueing braces
Day 2: Shaping braces, neck blank preparation
Day 3: Soundboard design and bracing
Day 4: Glueing on the back
Day 5: Glueing on the soundboard
Day 6: Installing binding
Day 7: Finishing and fitting the neck
Day 8: Cutting the dovetail and final installation
Day 9: Installing a truss rod
Day 10: Glueing on the fingerboard, fretting
Day 11: Making and fitting the bridge
Day 12: Making nuts and saddles
Day 13: Finishing
Day 14: Setting up
Each days runs from 10am-6pm with a break for lunch at 1-2pm.
Students will be able to choose from a selection of high quality timbers to build their instrument, and may choose from a variety of body shapes, including 000, OM and parlour guitar sizes. Students can also opt to upgrade the tuners on their guitar, and pre-order a Hiscox hard case to take their instrument home in, at the end of the course.