An intensive six-day/54 hours course designed to allow someone with previous experience to build a simple instrument from scratch.
Build a completely custom instrument with your choice of design, 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, body carving, basic inlay, 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 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.
The additional time allows for more complex instruments to be built but we do still recommend a higher degree of experience in order to facilitate the more complex techniques covered in this course.
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 Student Questionnaire will be downloadable on purchase, please fill these in and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org care of James Blackburn. The 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. Route all cavities.
- Day Four – Carve Body. Glue in the neck.
- Day Five – Finish any drilling, routing or shaping left to do. Finish sand instrument.
- Day Six – Oiling the instrument. Assembly. Set-up
This 54-hour course entails 9 hour days, beginning at 9 am and ending at 7 pm, with two half hour breaks per day. 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.
Check out our YouTube channel for more videos on how to get the most out of your Crimson Guitars precision hand tools as well as a myriad of guitar building tutorials and demo videos.