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Acoustic Guitar Making 12 Day Summer Course


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This course offers 80+ hours of instruction and hands-on work toward making your very own pre-1980 Martin 000 style acoustic guitar. A perfect start to learning luthiery with the guidance of professional luthier and CSGM school founder Ian Schneller.

This workshop is structured to guide the student through every essential phase of the acoustic guitar making process. In addition to constructing the guitar body in the Acoustic Guitar Making Workshop, this course includes the Fretting Workshop, Bone Nut and Saddle Making Workshop and Guitar Set-up and Maintenance Seminar where the student can obtain complete precision in these steps of any guitar making process. The course also includes hours in Guitar Making Workshops where students can also observe various aspects of solid body guitar making underway in the workshop, while continuing on their own acoustic guitar making.

This is a special opportunity for extended instruction with an experienced luthier. Students will work at their own pace. The length of this workshop gives most students the opportunity to finish making their guitar. However the student will work at their own pace and may require more time to complete their acoustic guitar.

  • Fee

    $3800. tuition plus kit cost
    12 Day Session. 2 Weeks
    Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
    84 hours

    Tuition includes lectures, demonstrations and personal guidance, the use of an individual guitar workbench with specialized tools and all of the shop supplies and tooling necessary to complete this project.

  • Materials

    - Rosewood, back and sides, Sitka spruce top, dovetail neck joint

    - Mahogany, back and sides, Sitka spruce top, dovetail neck joint

  • Instructors

    Ian Schneller read bio

  • Refund Policy

    Registrations are non refundable. A tuition fee may only be applied to other CSGM classes with written notice of cancellation prior to class.

  • Location

    All workshops are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. view map

  • Registration

    Register online or call 773.489.4830 to enroll with a credit card.  You are also welcome to come by the shop and enroll using cash, credit card or a personal check.  Please note that all registrations are final and non-refundable. In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition.  Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.

Students will be introduced to the unique process of luthiery while effectively establishing a skillful approach to woodworking.

Lectures, demonstrations and guided instruction in this hands on workshop will offer the student an understanding of fundamental and specialized woodworking techniques, while making a high quality musical instrument that will likely become a cherished heirloom.

No drawing skills or shop experience required.

This workshop is structured to inform the student about every essential phase of making their acoustic guitar. However, students will work at their own pace.

Students will make a Rosewood or Mahogany, Martin 000 style acoustic guitar from an excellent kit.

Working with a group of partially serviced components, this course is designed both for students with little to no experience and also those with intermediate experience. This class is formatted with lectures and hands on work. In depth demonstrations of each step will precede students working on their instruments.

Students will begin the procedure with a sequence of specific steps, alternating between the guitar neck and body work. Once these take shape, the workshop structure accommodates students to work at different paces.

Workshop Materials and Supplies
Everything needed for making the guitars will be included in the kit and the necessary supplies and tooling is provided by the school. 

All kits contain AAA-grade tone-woods. Roughly carved mahogany neck. Pre-bent bent sides. Book matched and joined back. Book matched and joined spruce top with pre cut sound hole and rosette channel pre cut. Kits include a full-size blueprint modeled after a vintage Martin.

Each student will be given occupancy of a fully equipped luthier’s guitar workbench, and storage for their materials for the duration of the course. 

We will go over the tools necessary to create a home shop throughout the course for those interested in taking the artform to a private space. 

Instrument finishing techniques will be discussed in this course.

Students will have the option to have their guitar finished for them by a Specimen/CSGM professional, apply a finish on their own outside the school, or receive instruction in guitar finishing from CSGM faculty in a Guitar Building Session at the school.