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2021  Acoustic Guitar Making Courses ON SALE NOW through DEC 26, 2020

Description

Our Acoustic Guitar Making course offers the perfect initiation into the craft of guitar making.

Students will embark upon making their own Martin style acoustic guitar from an excellent kit.

This course teaches the workshop skills and luthiery techniques required to build a fine acoustic stringed instrument. 

Students work at their own pace and will require more time to finish their acoustic guitar outside of this course. They may choose to continue working and finish this project at the school in Open Workshops or on their own at home.

The student will be ready to make an original design of an instrument from scratch after completing this acoustic guitar.

No drawing skills or work shop experience required.

 

Details
  • Classroom

    Class size is limited to 8 students.

    Course is taught in a professional guitar service shop equipped with 8 individual workbenches stocked with specialized tools necessary for the course work.

  • Schedules

    Courses offered with varying number of completion hours.

    Longer courses offer more hands-on bench time and instruction, giving students the opportunity to continue working on their project with guidance from the instructor.

    Shorter courses are perfect for those who prefer to set their own work schedule in our OPEN WORKSHOPS or plan to finish this project on their own.


  • Fee

    Fee includes tuition and the kit cost, tax and shipping to the school.

    Tuition includes instruction, use of an individual luthiery workbench equipped with specialized tools and all the shop supplies necessary.

  • Kit Options

    OM Style Rosewood
    Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

    Dreadnought Style Rosewood
    Dovetail Neck, Sitka Top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

    Triple 0 style Rosewood
    Dovetail Neck, Sitka top, Indian Rosewood Back & Sides

    Triple 0 style Mahogany
    Dovetail Neck, Sitka top, Mahogany back and sides

  • Workshop Safety

    While we make every effort to keep the CSGM workshop clean it can be dusty and at times noisy. We recommend hearing, respiratory, and eye protection be used when working in the shop. We have this safety equipment available for use or purchase when in class and it is the students responsibility to exercise diligent use of these safety measures.

  • Instructors

    Ian Schneller read bio

  • Location

    1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois 60651   Map

  • Registration

    Register online, in person, or by phone: 773.489.483 . Cash, credit card or a personal check are accepted. Registrations are final and non-refundable. Payment credit is transferable.

     


Course Description

Our Acoustic Guitar Making courses are formatted as a series of lectures and demonstrations with lots of hands on work. Working from a kit of roughly formed components and pre bent sides, this course is designed both for students with little to no experience and also those with intermediate experience.

Some of the many tooling and skill demonstrations include:

  • Clamping and gluing
  • Caul making
  • Sanding and scraping
  • Chisels and knives
  • Rasps and files
  • Handsaws
  • Routers and router bits
  • Band saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill Press
  • Belt sander/spindle sander
  • Fretting tools

 

Kit

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 sound hole and rosette channel pre cut. A full-size blueprint modeled after a vintage Martin is also included.

The kits we construct have a dovetail neck/body joint. This is traditional, authentic and correct. These kits come stock with a two way adjustable truss rod. I believe this is a poor choice and a needless compromise. I prefer to modify the neck/ truss route to fit an authentic steel, non-adjustable truss rod, like all Martin instruments had up until about 1980. This is also the way I have built all of my instruments since about 1996. They are sonically superior (surprisingly so), infinitely more stable, and give the instrument the longevity old Martins are known for. However, some people like the new fangled adjustable truss rods and that is Ok. Unless otherwise instructed, I will prepare the kit for the non-adjustable steel truss rod. The kits come with plastic binding but I often use wooden binding. You may do so as well if you so desire. One is not better than the other. This topic can be discussed during the initial sessions.

Finishing

Students may choose to receive additional instruction in guitar finishing either in Open Workshops at the school, or have their guitar finished for them by a Specimen/CSGM professional, or apply a finish on their own outside the school.

Please note: 

Most students will require 80-120 hours to complete a first guitar. Students will work at their own pace, and will require additional time outside of this class to complete their guitar. 

Students may continue working on this project with guidance from the instructor in Open Workshops at the school.

SCHEDULES

Fast-Track Courses

Fast track courses offer 12 to 20 hours of instruction and hands-on work. These courses are designed to give the student a quick start to their guitar making project. We’ll  introduce the materials, processes, and tools, and guide the student through the initial construction phase of their guitar. Once the first steps are taken with the neck and body, the project is truly underway and students will work at their own pace from this point forward, and continued work will be required to complete the guitar outside of this course. This course is perfect for those who wish to complete the guitar on their own schedule either at the school in Open Workshops, or on their own at home.

5 Day Camp

This course offers 30 hours of instruction, shop training and hands-on work in a 5 day immersive making and learning workshop environment. The course is structured to guide the student through the essential initial construction phases of a guitar.  Students will work at their own pace and continued work will be required to complete the guitar outside of this course.

2 Week Summer Camp

This 10 day course offers 60 hours of instruction, shop training and hands-on work in an immersive making and learning environment. The course is structured to guide the student through each essential phase of making and acoustic guitar. Students will work at their own pace.  For students who arrive to class with well developed shop skills completing their guitar in under 60 hours is possible however  most students will require more time to complete this project outside of this course.