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

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

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.