ARC Guitar is now entering the sixth year of our Guitar Building School.
New! We now offer a three year apprenticeship program to students who desire to move past their first guitar building project and learn specialized luthierie skills which will prepare them for the job market. We are in the process of developing a certificate program that carries the same prestige of other schools of lutherie in the country.
We use "hands on" personal instruction in all of guitar building and repair courses.
BAGB-101 Basic Acoustic Guitar Building 101:
The goal for the student is to produce a quality instrument (similar to a Martin D-28 or Taylor 410) and develop a working knowledge of guitar construction. The classes are four hours in length and cover the basics of guitar building. The student will also learn more advanced techniques like voicing the top and shaping the neck. Excellent results have been achieved by most students. Upon completion, the guitar is in the finish stage and ready to apply a protective coating. All materials, tools and supplies are provided for the student. When completed, the value of the guitar is worth $2,500.00 - 5,000.00 and is something that will be cherished for a lifetime and passed down as a family heirloom.
AGDB-201 Advanced Guitar Design and Building 201:
The goal for the student is to design and build their own classical or acoustic guitar. This is an advanced class and is offered only to second year apprenticeship students who have demonstrated proficiency through completion of BAGB-101.
GF Guitar Finishing:
Most students send their guitars out to our master woodfinisher for a professional "tough-as-nails finish" that's returned with a beautiful finish. There are other choices for finishing too. Under our guidance, a small number of students have applied their own finishes. Nitrocellulose lacquer applied with professional HVLP is the finish of choice but we also teach french polishing and tung oil hand-rubbed finishes.
IE Inlay and engraving:
The goal for the student is to create their own pearl shell inlay design and learn basic and advanced inlay skills. Rosette and edge binding techniques will also be taught. This is an invitation only class.
NS Nut and Saddle making
This is taught during GAB-101 and is also taught as a stand alone course. The student will learn how to choose, thickness size and slot a nut and shape a saddle for correct intonation.
Other workshops and seminars offered:
Fretting and advanced fretwork
Crack repair and finish touchup
Nut and Saddle construction
Class size for all courses is limited to three students per session. The small class size allows for student interaction, safety, an opportunity for demonstration of procedures and techniques and less competition for machines and work space. The school's approach resembles an old world apprenticeship model that often continues for up to six months, often longer.