Build an Instrument

There is no better way to learn the art and craft of lutherie than by building your own instrument.

As part of our Lutherie School, we offer instruction in the building of guitars and ukuleles.

Throughout the process, students will learn about the theory, techniques, tools, molds, and jigs used by luthiers.

** We are not accepting students at this time. Sorry! **

We specialize in teaching the building of steel-string guitars and concert ukuleles.

Price for course in building a steel-string guitar: $3,000

Price for concert ukulele course: $3,000

These prices include all necessary materials, tools & instruction (See below.)

Additional features and/or upgraded materials are available at additional cost.

Topics included:Materials Included:
Selecting instrument grade woodTonewood for top, backs, & sides
Bending sidesMahogany neck blank
Proper joineryRosewood or ebony fingerboard
Shaping headblock/tailblockdual action truss rod (guitars only)
Cutting soundhole & rosette routeSpruce braces
Shaping/installing bracesRosewood pinplate (guitars only)
Fitting kerfingBinding (guitars only)
Neck construction & shapingRosewood or ebony bridge blank
Gluing, sanding & drilling techniquesBone blanks for nut/saddle
Installing binding & purfling (guitars only)Wood bridge pins
Fretboard shaping & fret slottingAbalone or Pearl fingerboard dots
Installing & dressing fetsFret wire
Tuning machine installationShellac for polishing
Bridge construction & pin fittingGrover tuners
Carving/fitting nut & saddleSet of strings
Setting correct actionAccess to all necessary tools
French polishing

Additional Options:

We also offer instruction in the building of classical guitars, electric guitars & basses, and ukuleles of other sizes.

Price for classical guitar course: $3,000

Price for electric guitar or bass course: $3,000

Price for tenor or baritone ukulele course: $3,000

We can also accommodate students who want to build their steel-string acoustic guitar with the use of a kit. Materials are not included, except for tools, jigs, and shellac. Students must provide their own kit. 

Price for kit construction course: $2,000

Example Student Builds: