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ARC Guitar Building School

Seasoned Luthier Al Calderone specializes in one-to-one instruction in the art, science, and craft of constructing high-quality, hand crafted guitars -- from the basics of acoustic design and construction to more advanced skills such as voicing the top, sculpting the neck, and the art of finishing.

    Payment Options

    The cost of the course is $4,500.00 which includes instruction, basic materials, tools and shop use to build one acoustic, steel string guitar.

    it takes approximately 18 sessions to build a guitar. 

    A 50% deposit is required to reserve a spot. Students may choose to pay for the entire course at one time or in payments agreed upon between instructor and student. Students may also chose to  pay by the session after deposit has been received.

    Students who choose to "pay as you go" after the deposit has been received are limited to 4 months to complete their guitar unless other arrangements have been made in advance. 

    Schedule a Class

    Depending upon a student's schedule and the hours invested, making a guitar can take anywhere from three weeks up to four months. Recognizing that individuals often must negotiate around busy work schedules, ARC Guitar prides itself on its flexibility accommodating its student's' schedules. The studio is open six days a week, and scheduling is simple.

    Intensive three week classes are offered for those who wish to complete their guitar in an 18 consecutive day format.

    School of Luthierie Monthly Seminars

    - Acoustic guitar setup

    - Introduction to guitar electronics

    - Fretwork basics

    - Nut and saddle making

    - Crack repairs 

      ARC Guitar
      308 Railroad Avenue
      Winters, CA 95694
      shop phone: (530) 795-1795 
      cel phone: (530) 902-8920


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