An intensive one week (5-day/37.5 hours) course designed to allow someone with little experience to build a simple instrument from scratch.
Pick from one of our archetypical design choices and build a flat top guitar from raw wood to completion with your choice of timber, hardware (as available), and pickup configuration. Timbers and hardware can be purchased through us at an additional cost to the course. You may, however, choose to bring your own materials and hardware, if you wish. Please fill in the Specification sheet for a quote and to confirm that you will be bringing the correct materials.
We go over tool use, joinery, routing, neck carving, fretwork, neck angles, bridge placement, fine sanding, oiling, assembly, set-up, and all of the myriad of other skills that go into building a guitar. Learn these skills in a fully outfitted workshop with an experienced instructor and training assistant guiding you through each and every process. We are here to answer all of your questions and ensure you leave with all of the knowledge needed to repeat the procedures covered on any instrument.
The four instruments able to be built on this course are an S-type, T-type, single cut, or double cut. Time constraints mean that custom designs are not available on this course. Things like inlay or body carves are similarly restricted in order to ensure that the majority of people are able to finish within the timeframe.
Design and material specs 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 Specification Sheet and a Student Questionnaire will be downloadable on purchase. Please fill this in and email it to email@example.com. This questionnaire is simply to tell the instructor of your woodworking experience so that the course can be catered to each student.
- Day One – Wood preparation and joinery. Jointing tops and bodies, necks and fingerboards.
- Day Two – Routing out body and neck blanks. Carving Neck.
- Day Three – Fretwork. Start routing cavities.
- Day Four – Finish any remaining routing. Fine sanding. Glue in the neck.
- Day Five – Oiling the instrument. Assembly. Set-up
This 37.5-hour course entails 7.5 hours a day with breaks. 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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