Since 1998 we have enabled over 400 students, from ages 11 to 70, with no previous build experience to build their own guitars.

  • I built a guitar to die for
    - Dan
  • People who genuinely care whether you are getting what you want. Brilliant
    - Adrian
  • We enjoyed every minute of it
    - Louis & Tom, Netherlands
  • I wouldn't have believed it was possible
    - Richard
  • One of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far
    - Duncan
  • This is now the only guitar I play
    - Leon
  • Rewarding and therapeutic even to non-musicians
    - Anne
  • Beautiful beyond merit
    - Paul
  • What can I say? Probably the most rewarding thing I have done for myself
    - Adam
  • The best couple of weekends since I don't know when
    - Herb
  • Once again I am chuffed...quality time with quality people...roll on no 5
    - Duncan
  • My own dream guitar in 5 days. Mark you are a genius
    - Doug
  • You f@**g rock
    - Matt, Australia
  • I am in love with an inanimate object! All thanks to Bailey Guitars
    - Andy
  • Second time, and just as enjoyable as the first
    - Kai
  • The most positive and rewarding course I have ever been on
    - Patrick
  • We are both thrilled with the guitars we have created
    - Liam & Andrew
  • Wonderful experience. I am delighted with the result
    - Mark
  • Mark is a genius
    - Stevie & Annie
  • I am still in awe of the finished product
    - Richard
  • I can't remember the last time I enjoyed myself so much...Wait until mum sees it
    - Tony
  • I will never look at a piece of wood in the same way ever again
    - Dave
  • This is unbelievable. I make my own guitar
    - Ulfar, Iceland
  • Mark is an amazing teacher...and I am leaving with the perfect guitar
    - Adam
  • Sometimes miracles do happen
    - Marcel, Netherlands
  • Definitely an experience I'll never forget
    - Anna
  • This course has changed my life
    - Chris
  • Thank you for 8 days of creativity previously untapped
    - Adam
  • Didn't believe it could be done..best playing and sounding guitar I've tried
    - Tony
  • Wow,what a ride!
    - Neil
  • So much what you do here is truly brilliant and special
    - Charlie
  • I can't wait to show the boys at the Fender club
    - Phil
  • Great time to spend to learn how to build my own guitar
    - Luc, France
  • An unbelievable experience
    - Steve
  • It's the best guitar in the world, bar none
    - John W
  • Many of our friends didn't believe that we made the guitar!
    - Arjan & Eric, Netherlands
  • My dreams are now a reality (sitting on the workbench in font of me as I write this)
    - Andrew
  • The whole experience has been way more than great
    - Paul, Netherlands
  • WHAT an experience!
    - Ian
  • Every day I have felt like a kid at Xmas with the excitement of each stage completed
    - Andy
  • Awesome experience
    - Steve
  • This will change the way I think about the guitar forever
    - John
  • This is an amazing experience. Bailey Guitars are top class
    - William, Brazil
  • I have genuinely had one of the most amazing experiences of my life
    - Neil
  • Some of the nicest days of my life!
    - Stan, Belgium
  • An experience I will never forget
    - Johann, Iceland
  • Absolutely amazing...an out of this world experience
    - Simon

Bailey Guitars are the UK leader in guitar building short courses, and make some of the finest handcrafted guitars in Britain. We have been running BYO Guitar courses since 1998.

We offer several different courses – each with different aim, cost and timescale – to respond to all the queries about building and the different types of hobbyist.

We are offering a range of experiences which can be 'pick and mixed' to suit most people's need and budget. All guitars are built from raw wood in a minimum of five days.