An intensive 5 Day (37.5 hours) course to build your own Telecaster-style guitar. Included are all materials and hardware required to complete the guitar.
This course is designed as a great Introduction to Building Your Own Guitar.
This Course includes the following materials in the price:
- Ash Body Blank
- Maple neck blank
- Ebony Fretboard
- Guitar truss rod
- Gotoh SG381-MGT locking tuners in chrome
- Gotoh GTC 201 Modern T Bridge in chrome
- Crimson Tele Pickup Set
- T Type Pickguard
- Nickel Silver medium jumbo Fret wire
- Bone nut blank
- Plastic side and top dots
- Chrome knobs, electronics, and strap buttons
*Timbers and hardware can be upgraded through us at an additional cost to the course.
As a student, you will be eligible for an on-course tool discount. This discount will be redeemable against Crimson Guitars Tools and The Vintage Tool Shop. If you wish to use this discount before your course, please let us know and we will ensure your new tools are ready and waiting for you on your bench.
A Standard Week on the 5-day course:
- Day One– Shape body, route neck, and truss rod cavity; slot, and glue on fretboard.
- Day Two– Sand body, install frets, radius fretboard, carve neck first facet.
- Day Three– Fretwork and a neck pocket.
- Day Four– Routing body cavities and drilling holes for electronics etc. Fine sanding and flash coat.
- Day Five– Wiring. Assembly. Set-up. Play!
Our experienced Team will guide you every step and you will learn the myriad of skills that go into building a guitar. By the end of your week at Crimson you will leave with not just a finished instrument, but all the knowledge needed to continue your journey into the art of lutherie.
This 5 Day Course entails 7.5 hours a day with coffee/tea and lunch breaks. Your day will begin at 9 am and end at 5 pm. You are welcome to arrive 15 minutes before the day starts, but we cannot let students into the workshop before 8:45 due to health and safety reasons.
We run courses throughout the year, please contact our Team for more information about available dates and to schedule your Free Course Consultation. One of our Luthiers will get in touch to discuss the specifications for your dream build so that we can make sure that you will get the most out of your course.
Unlike many "schools", all our teachers have extensive experience working in Crimson Guitars busy Custom Guitar Building and Repair Studio under Master Luthier Ben Crowe.
While there are local shops and pubs within a 10-minute drive of Crimson Guitars, we recommend our 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 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 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.
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