3 Month Guitar Building Course

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3 Month/12 Week Guitar Building Course under the tutelage of an experienced luthier at Crimson Guitars in the UK

  • Upcoming Course Dates:
  • 20th September - 10th December 2021 (Full)
  • 10th January - 1st April 2022 (Full)
  • 6th June-26th August 2022 (Full)
  • 19th September - 9th December 2022

Covid-19 Update

We are closely monitoring the current situation and ongoing Government Guidelines as well as ensuring the School is Covid Secure.

While we acknowledge that as of 19th July 2021 it is no longer law to socially distance or wear face masks we continue to take precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and students for the foreseeable future.  This includes:

A Negative Lateral Flow Test on the start day of the course (and possible future tests depending on the length of the course)

The wearing of face masks for all students and staff

We are now taking bookings for 2022/23 onwards.

If you have any questions please email office@crimsonguitars.com 


This course is designed to meet the needs of the dedicated students who wish to learn all of the skills necessary to start building instruments for a living.

Students will build three instruments during their time at Crimson. One flat top t-type, one carve top single cut, and, during your last 6 weeks, one bespoke instrument designed from scratch. This is an opportunity to gain all of the skills potential employers are looking for in a new Luthier.

Students will leave with three completed builds under their belt encompassing a variety of techniques in order to cover the widest range of techniques possible.

  • Weeks One through Three - Health and safety, tool use, basic joinery.  Build a flat top T-type instrument going over each element carefully to ensure retention and comprehension.
  • Weeks Four through Six - Begin designing the second instrument.  Build a carve top single-cut guitar to reiterate and expand upon the skills learned during the first build.
  • Weeks Seven through Twelve - Build your bespoke instrument.  Take the skills learned during the previous two guitars and perfect them while learning some advanced construction and design techniques.

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.

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.

The Specification Sheet and Student Questionnaire will be downloadable on purchase, please fill these in and email them to courses@crimsonguitars.com care of Josh and office@crimsonguitars.com care of Rikki.  The questionnaire is simply to tell the instructor of your woodworking experience so that the course can be catered to each student.

Design and material specs must be finalised and approved at least one month before the course begins to ensure that all necessary materials can be ordered in good time.

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.  

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.  

Should you require accommodation during your course we have a dedicated booking agent who, for a small fee, will be able to help you. 

Please get in touch (office@crimsonguitars.com) attention Rikki for more information 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 of guitar-building tutorials and demo videos.

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