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Bone Nut & Saddle Making Course


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A bone nut and saddle will upgrade the tone and clarity of your guitar, bass or any stringed instrument! Even the most casually made instrument can benefit immensely from a hand cut nut and saddle. The results are truly stunning!

Students will learn to carve a bone nut and saddle for their instrument, with the guidance of an experienced luthier.

Make no mistake – hand carving a nut and saddle from a pieces of bone is a highly valuable skill for any guitar technician, and a necessity for the guitar builder. Cutting pieces of bone by hand into beautiful finished parts is a vanishing art. In this workshop you will learn that skill and keep the art of luthiery alive for future generations.

This course is also a part of our Guitar Technician Program

  • Materials

    Students are encouraged to bring an instrument to work on in this course.

  • Class

    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.

  • Fee

    Course fee includes instruction, reference guide, use of a workbench and all shop supplies.

    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.

  • 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.

Students will have the opportunity to learn how to expertly cut a bone nut and a bone saddle.

Topics include:

  • The correct use of specialty files.
  • How to properly fit any style of nut.
  • Methods for polishing bone to a marble-like finish.
  • The correct method for laying out string spacing for any neck.
  • Material selection – distinguishing between real bone and imitation.
  • Era-correct shaping styles for matching the aesthetic of vintage replacements.
  • Tooling for the home workshop.

Excellent specialized tools are provided for your use during the class.

The tools include:

  • High Quality Nut Slotting Files
  • Nut Shaping File
  • Nut and Saddle Vise
  • Specialty String Spacing Ruler
  • .010 Gauged Saw
  • An Assortment of Polishing Compounds and Abrasives