6 Day Guitar Building Course

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An intensive six-day/51-hour course is designed to allow someone with limited or little experience to build a simple instrument from scratch


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 allows you to build a completely custom instrument with your choice of design, timber, hardware (as available), and pickup configuration.

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.

This Course Itinerary: 

  • 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 sanding instrument.
  • Day Six - Oiling the instrument. Assembly. Set-up

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.

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.

A Specification Sheet and a Student Questionnaire will be downloadable on purchase. Please fill this in and email it to office@crimsonguitars.com. attention Rikki.  This 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 should be finalised and approved at least two weeks before the course start to ensure that all necessary materials can be ordered in good time.

This 6 Day Course entails 51 hours, 9 hours a day with breaks. Your day begins at 9 am and ends at 6 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 UK, 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 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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