An intensive Six Day/51-hour course is designed to allow someone with limited or little experience to build a simple Guitar or Bass from Scratch
Typical guitars built on this course include
- Strat Style
- LP Junior Style
- Jazz bass Style
A Standard Week on the 6-day course:
- Day One – Welcome and orientation. Begin on the neck and fingerboard. Body Shaping.
- Day Two – Finish body shaping. Carving the neck and prepping the fingerboard for frets
- Day Three – Fretwork and a neck pocket.
- Day Four – Routing body cavities. Any body carving.
- Day Five – Finish any shaping. Drill all holes, fine sanding, and a flash coat. Wiring.
- Day Six – Assembly. Set up. Play!
This 6 Day Course entails 51 hours, 8.5 hours a day with breaks. Your day begins at 9 am and ends at 6 pm. You are welcome to come in up to 15 minutes before the day starts to get some tea or coffee before the busy day ahead, but we cannot let students into the workshop before 8:45 due to health and safety reasons.
*Timbers and hardware can be purchased through us at an additional cost to the course. You may of course choose to bring your own materials and hardware if you wish. Please fill in the Specification sheet for a quote to confirm that you will be bringing the correct materials.
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.
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 time 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.
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, 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 for more information and to let us know how we can help you be the best guitar maker you can be.
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