Build Your Own First Guitar

This is a one hit, fast track course (includes one weekend) for the first time builders who feel unsure about taking on a bigger project or people who may want to have a go replicating the techniques at home. You will build a guitar from scratch – in our opinion the easiest electric guitar to make.

There will be some options for customisation e.g. choice of woods, finish, pick – ups etc, but the key to its simplicity is the minimal changes to specification.

There will be a maximum of four people on this course.

By the end of the course you will:

  • understand how your guitar is constructed
  • have hands on experience of every stage in the guitar building process
  • be familiar with power tools and how to use them
  • be aware of Health and Safety issues
  • have had some of your guitar building questions answered
  • understand better what you will need to do personally and practically to build at home
  • have notes and instructional materials to take away and use
  • have made a fully working high quality 6 string electric to take home

Course outline

Sessions are timed to fit around key tasks

  • Arrival day
    • Health & Safety
    • Choosing wood, confirming specification and preparation
  • Day 1
    • Start work on the neck
  • Day 2 & 3
    • Continue neck & body work
    • Carving, fretting inlay
  • Day 4
    • Final carving, sanding cavities, link holes
    • Applying finish
  • Day 5
    • Assembly
    • Fret dressing
    • Wiring
    • Fitting all parts
    • Setup and testing
  • Departure day
    • By arrangement with B&B

(Places are available with or without overnight accommodation, but all daytime refreshments are provided.)