(BAGB-101) Basic Acoustic Guitar Building:
This class covers the basics of acoustic guitar building. The goal for the student is to produce aquality instrument (similar to a Martin D-28 or Taylor 410) and develop a working knowledge of guitar construction. The student will also learn more advanced techniques like voicing the top, shaping the neck and fretwork. Excellent results have been achieved by most students. Upon completion, the guitar is in the finish stage "in the white" 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 priceless and will be cherished for a lifetime and passed down as a family heirloom.
Cost: Including basic materials, tools and shop use $3,200. Upgrades are available.
1. Pay for the entire course when registering for $3,200, materials are included.
2. Pay for the entire course in two equal monthly installments of $1600.00 per month, materials are included.
3. Pay "as you go" by the session; cost for an eight-hour day is $135.00 (26 sessions average) or cost for a four-hour day is $75.00 (52 sessions average). With this option, you pay for your materials as you proceed.
Note: This class is also offered as a three-week "intensive class" that runs Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and the guitar will be finished "in the white" (sanded and ready to apply a finish).
(AGDB-201) Advanced Guitar Design and Building 201:
The goal for the student is to design and build their own classical or acoustic guitar with features. This is an advanced class and is offered only to second year apprenticeship students who have demonstrated proficiency through completion of BAGB-101.
Cost: $3,200 and includes basic materials, tools and shop use. Upgrades are available.
(GF) Guitar Finishing Seminar (8 hours):
This course demonstrates the techniques of finishing a guitar from preparation to final buffing. The class takes place over two weeks. The first session will be a discussion of the different kinds of finishes (french polish, varnish, tung oil, lacquer, urethane water-based finishes) and the advantages and disadvantages of each. There will be a demonstation of prep work and grain filling techniques of open pored woods, as well as the spraying of initial coats. The second session will be focused on sanding, leveling, polishing and troube shooting the coated surface.
(IE) Inlay and engraving:
This class demonstrates the process of inlay techniques. The goal for the student is to design, lay out and create their own unique pearl shell inlay design and learn basic and some advanced inlay skills. Tools and materials will be discussed as well as elements of design and execution. Rosette and edge binding techniques will also be taught.
(NS) Nut and Saddle making
NS is taught during GAB-101 and is also taught as a stand alone course. The student will learn how to select material, cut material to size, thickness sand and slot a nut for proper string spacing and depth, sand and polish to final shape. The student will also seect, cut 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.