Instrument Building with me

Have you ever wanted to design and build your own guitar? Many people do not have the tools required, or just do not know where to begin. After running my own shop over the past few years I have been continually asked whether or not I would like to provide building lessons, so I have decided to go for it! I am now pleased to be able to offer one on one building lessons in my small established shop on Vancouver Island. 

My previous teaching experience has allowed me to work with aspiring builders from all over the world and spanning many different age groups.

You can expect me to patiently encourage your creativity in a laid back atmosphere (where the coffee is always on!) while we stay focused on the goal of having you produce a quality instrument within our timeline.

I am currently offering two different courses from which students can choose to build either an electric guitar, or an acoustic guitar. While some basic woodworking experience would benefit you, it is by no means a prerequisite. We will work side by side in my shop, and you are able to observe me working on my own projects with different methods and steps in building processes.  This will let you gain valuable tips and provide a more personal experience while you get individual instruction.

*Note* The courses will operate on a part-time schedule, with a minimum commitment of 2 days per week.  But do not hesitate to inquire about different options

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Option 1:

10 Day (5 weekends) Electric Guitar course

-Flat top electric guitar

-Work from existing plans and jigs

-Cut and shape body

-Routing cavities

-Truss rod install

-Glue fingerboard

-Hand Carve neck

-Neck alignment

-Sanding and finishing

-Fretwork

-Wiring and setup

$2000 includes all basic hardware and parts

*some steps of the building process will be done ahead of time to help keep the project moving forward at all times. Everybody works and learns at a different pace, so my guideline that we will work from is only a projected timeline.

Option 2:

18 Day (9 Weekends) Acoustic Course

We would work from existing plans and designs. Dreadnaught, OM, Parlor etc……

-Make jigs and moulds

-Joint top and back

-Hand bending sides

-Hand Carve bracing

-Rosette cut and install

-Binding

-Truss rod install

-Neck joints

-Neck angle

-Final sanding and finish

-Assembly and setup

$3600 includes all basic material and parts

*some steps of the building will be done ahead of time to help keep the project moving forward at all times. Everybody works and learns at a different pace, so my guideline that we will work from is only a projected timeline.

These are guidelines for the most common inquiries I receive…..If you are interested in building something else, do not hesitate to e-mail me to discuss further.

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