An intensive two-day course detailing the basics of inlaying custom designs into a guitar fretboard.
This includes cutting the pieces out, refining the shapes, cutting the channels the pieces sit in, glueing the components in and then re-levelling the fretboard down to a polished grit.
Learn these skills in a fully outfitted workshop with an experienced instructor and training assistant guiding you through each and every process. We are there to answer all of your questions and ensure you leave with all of the knowledge needed to repeat the procedures covered on any instrument.
Please note that this process requires pulling the frets out of the instrument and due to time constraints we will not have much of an opportunity to go over fretwork so it is highly recommended you have a firm grasp of fretting before attempting this course.
Designs must be finalized and approved at least one month before course start to ensure that all necessary materials can be ordered in good time. A Student Questionnaire will be downloadable on purchase. Please fill this in and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This questionnaire is simply to tell the instructor of your woodworking experience so that the course can be catered to each student.
You will be provided with inlay material sufficient for typical fretboard inlays, mother of pearl as standard. Abalone inlay material is available on request, for an additional cost.
Your days with us will begin at 9 am with coffee/tea and lunch breaks, and end at 5 pm. There are local shops and pubs within a 10-minute drive of Crimson Guitars though most students bring a packed lunch. We highly recommend the Thimble Inn for a laid back evening meal.
With our studio based in the picturesque rolling fields of Dorset, close to the town of Dorchester, take this opportunity to combine a unique experience with a refreshing holiday. We even have our own booking agent called Julie, who will kindly help you find somewhere lovely to stay, in an ideal location, and at a great price.
Please get in touch for more information about accommodation and to let us know how we can help you be the best guitar maker you can be.
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