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Online Instruction

Tom Bills of St Louis Missouri has been a full-time guitar builder since 1998. See his online guitar school

Shaun Conrad,
Articles and instructions for building and repairing both electric and acoustic guitars

DIY Guitar Making;
Topics related to Guitar Making and Finishing

Charles A. Hoffman;
Flattop guitar construction, comprehensive

Hans Johannson;
Violin making with descriptions, photos, drawings, and movie clips; comprehensive

Martin Koch;
Electric guitar building in German and English; abundant links, resources

Kathy Matsushita;
Flattop guitar/kit construction information and more

Mike Nelson;
Mandolin building

Musical Instrument Makers Forum (MIMF)
On-line instrument making courses (fee required) and discussion groups

O'Brien Guitars, Robert O'Brien;
On-line instrument making courses on electric, acoustic, classical, sharpening, spray finish, French polish, and rosette making.

Neil Ostberg;
Classical guitar making in the style of Antonio Torres, replicating La Suprema 1864, plans included

Juha Ruokangas
The design and building process of the Unicorn guitar model by Master Luthier Juha Ruokangas

David Schramm;
Classical guitar, Segovia's 1937 Hauser using GAL Plan #33, limited enrollment; interactive

Steve Smith
Mandolin and archtop building

Dennis Weaver's advice to beginning luthiers
Electric guitar or bass construction, message board

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Schools inside USA

American School of Lutherie, Charles Fox
Portland, OR;
Classroom and hands-on professional training for luthiers of all levels

ARC Guitar
Al Calderone
308 Railroad Ave
Winters CA 95694
Meets weekly on Saturdays in the Sacramento CA area. The cost for tuition is $50.00 per week for a four hour session. Hands on and classroom instruction are included in each week's session. Class size is limited to 6 students. Approx. 24-26 weeks to complete a guitar

Augusta Heritage Center
Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV 26241
800-624-3157 x1209; 304-637-1209
Summer, intensive week-long classes in fiddle and bow repair, mountain dulcimer construction, instrument repair

Dan Biasca
Portland, OR 503-891-0484;
( Ongoing, 1 night/wk for acoustic guitar construction

JS Bogdanovich Guitars
82 Sean Dr.
Swannanoa, NC 28778
Classes will consist of two day sessions which will take place on Friday and Saturday when offered, and will cover some aspect of the building process. Classes will be demonstration only, therefore photography will be permitted during the presentation

Terry Michael Borman, Borman Violins
1221 E. Rodgers Dr.
Fayetteville, AR, 72701
6-day intensives in violin setup, varnish, violin making. Prior experience required

Boss Guitars, Jamie Boss
302 East Old Route 6
Hampton, CT 06247
“Boss guitars” (Formally Hot Strings Guitar Shop) is a small guitar building school hidden away in the Northeast corner of Connecticut on my “First Light Farm.” I have been teaching guitar building for ten years and I offer guitar building classes in steel string (dreadnaught, OM, ooo and parlor), classical, 12 string ( Stella and Holzapfel and tenor guitars. Additionally I restore banjos and mandolins. My guitar building classes are for no more than two students at a time and they are held throughout the year. Each class is 120 hours in length. Traditional guitar building hand tools are emphasized during the course. Additionally, I produce and sell over 20 DVDs on various aspects of guitar building, guitar and banjo set-up and how to play the Tenor guitar and banjo.

Bow Making School of America
See Violin Making School of America

Bow Making Classes taught by Steve Beckley.
Little River Studio in beautiful coastal Mendocino County California.
PO Box 263, Little River, CA 95456
Phone: 707-937-0570;
The classes are limited to 5 students so that lots of personal attention can be given. High quality sticks and silver mounted frogs and buttons will be supplied. Bring what tools you have but other tools will be available for your use.

Brian Burns
18000 George's Lane
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Individual, hands-on instruction in classical and flamenco guitar making

Fred Carlson, Beyond the Trees
2026 Back Ranch Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Classes, private consultation, and workshops in The Art of Creative Instrument Building available by special arrangement.

Alan Carruth
51 Camel Hump Rd., Newport, NH 03773
Ongoing monthly weekend sessions; guitars, violin family, folk instrument construction; individualized

Chicago School of Guitar Making
1240 N. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
773-489-4830; Specimen Products
Courses in guitar building, guitar repair, and tube amp building

Chicago School of Violin Making
3636 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076
847-673-9545; fax 847-673-9546
3 1/2 years, violin family construction and repair

The Chimneys Violin Maker's Apprenticeship Program
614 Lerew Rd., Boiling Springs, PA 17007
717-258-3203; fax 717-258-3201
3 or 4 years, violin family construction and repair;
1–4 week intensives in Tucson, AZ in April/May

Eugene Clark
415 S. 118th St., Tacoma, WA 98444
Day sessions, private tutoring guitar making, French polishing

Colorado School of Lutherie, Edward Victor Dick
Arvada, Colorado
3hr./wk. for 22 weeks guitar construction

James Condino
Asheville, North Carolina
Individual instruction and short courses in mandolin, flattop guitar, archtop guitar, and double bass construction

Mike Conklin, Marlee Guitar Company
308 N Roberts Rd
PO Box 5
Oakesdale, WA 99158
14-week, Saturday, 1 on 1 steel string guitar building tutorial; or 7-month, 1 weekend per month

William Cumpiano
8 Easthampton Rd., Easthampton, MA 01027
413-585-1596 (AM); 413-586-3730 (PM)
2-week sessions 4- or 5x/yr., individual, one-on-one tutorials in guitar construction; on-line updates to his book, comprehensive website information

The Curbow School of Lutherie
P.O. Box 309
Morganton, GA 30560
706-374-2873; fax 706-374-4247
Guitar design and construction

Custom Vibrations
2824 Augusta Hwy
Lexington SC 29072
An intensive 6 week course in guitar building and repair.

Rock 'n' Roll Guitar Building School
P.O.Box 6116, Napa, CA 94581
2-week electric guitar or bass building

Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair
3352 Route 9 South, Freehold, NJ 07728
5 month, 30 hours a week, comprehensive guitar and fretted instrument repair training

Jeffrey Elliott and Cyndy Burton
2812 SE 37th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
503-233-0836; jeff"at"
Private consultation guitar making, French polishing; and small group two-day intensives

European Lutherie School, Sasha Radicic
5216 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO 63109
Hourly, weekly, monthly, to 1-year classes available; guitar construction and repair; French polishing

Everett Guitars
369 Hillside Drive, Waleska GA 30183
5 day intensive steel string guitar instruction

Frank Finocchio, Finocchio Guitars
20 S. Maple St., Easton, PA 18042
1-week intensives, 4x/yr. in classical, flattop, or archtop guitar, occasional repair class

Harry Fleishman, Luthiers School International
1533 Welter Ct.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Hands-on one and two day seminars, individual assistance by appointment, and lecture seminars on a range of lutherie-related topics. Additionally, periodically Harry provides free sessions for musicians to work on their own instruments with assistance.

Fretted Strings
Harrison Phipps
231 G Street, Studio 27
Davis, CA 95616
Ongoing classes in guitar and ukulele building and repair.

Bryan Galloup's School of Guitar Building and Repair
10840 Northland Dr., Big Rapids, MI 49307
231-796-5611; 800-278-0089; fax 231-796-3837
2- and 6-month courses in acoustic and electric guitar repair and construction

Mark Geiger, Geiger School Of Lutherie By The Sea
Carmel, CA
Week intensive acoustic building class.  One week electric building class and One on One instruction available

Gitana Stringed Instruments and Luthier's Workshop, Thomas Knatt
83 Riverside Ave., Concord, MA 01742
978- 287-0464 or 877-588-4437 (toll free)
1x/wk. guitar construction; 1-month apprenticeships;
9-day summer sessions; monthly 2-day weekend seminars

Haight Guitars
One Week, One Guitar
Scottsdale, AZ
Offering private consultation on guitar building and repair

Ted Harlan
Louisville KY
Year round classes in flat top, archtop and mandolin construction

Paul Hart Violins
36 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
3–4 year, violin family construction

Hawkins Guitar Luthier School, Brian Hawkins
located in Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 214-2278;;
20 day intense, one on one course. Build a acoustic guitar from scratch.

Indiana University School of Music
Violin Making and Repair Program/Thomas Sparks
Bloomington, IN 47405
2 years, includes music theory and playing

Drew Johnston
P.O. Box 6297, Kennewick, WA 99336
14-hour-home-study video guitar-building course

La Gitana Instruments, Thomas Knatt
687 Townsend Road
Groton, MA 01450
One day per week guitar making classes
1-month apprenticeships;
21-day summer sessions;
1 or 2-day weekend Introductory Seminars for fretting and setup of guitars

Leeds Guitarmakers’ School, Ivon Schmukler
12 North Main Street, Box 434
Williamsburg, MA 01096
1-day to 16-week classes; one-on-one tutorials in flattop, archtop, and classical construction, repair, finishing

Jay Lichty, Lichty Guitars
50 Merrywood Lane
Tryon, NC 28782
Individual, one-on-one guitar building workshops and small group workshops

Maine Guitarmakers' School
60 Spring lane Rockport, ME 04856
Individual and class instruction

John Bigelow Martczyanov
Ongoing Guitar Building Workshops, 8 to 12 weeks. one “and” two times a week sessions available. Learn to design and build your own guitar, Bass or other stringed instrument. I'm offering fun and affordable “hands on” workshops: focus on electric instruments though design elements of acoustic instruments will be discussed, explored and welcome. Accommodates all skill levels. Though basic woodworking helpful. Feel free to call or email for more info.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Violin Repair Sessions
375 Church St., N. Adams, MA 01247
413-662-5575; fax 413-662-5104;
4, 1-week summer sessions in violin setup and repair with Hans Nebel

Midwest Guitar Repair and Building School
Mike Boggeman
731 Dale Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
1-month to 1-year guitar construction; apprenticeships in guitar construction and repair; individual instruction

National String Workshop, String Repair Clinic
University of Wisconsin Ä Madison
720 Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-265-5629; 608-263-6670; fax 608-262-1694
7-day sessions, summer, violin family and bow repair

Nazareth Guitar Institute
14 South Broad STreet
Nazareth, PA 18064
(570) 856-1324;
Dale Unger of American Archtop Guitars always enjoyed teaching and sharing the skills he has acquired in his 33 years of guitar-building experience. In 1996, he began teaching the art of Lutherie at colleges and workshops all around. In the years following, he opened Nazareth Guitar Institute, a fully equipped studio and workshop located in historic Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of students, young and old, some with experience some with none, have attended the school over the years. The school offers many group workshops or a one-on-one dream building workshop. Come and enjoy the passion we have for music and the art of guitar-building.

The New World School of Violin Making, Brian Derber
6970 Red Lake Dr. HC1-119 A
Presque Isle, WI 54557
3–3 1/2 years violin family; Wisconsin Board certified

Brad Nickerson
70R N Liberty St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Individual instruction in building steel string archtop, flattop, and hollow and semi-hollow electric guitars

North Bennet Street School
150 North Bennet St., Boston, MA 02109
3-year, full-time program in violin making & repair. Financial aid & veterans' benefits available.

Northampton Community College
Martin Guitar Design Workshop
Bethlehem, PA
610-861-4553 or 877-543-0998; fax 610-861-5551
5-day summer guitar-design workshop with Martin staff and archtop maker, Dale Unger

O'Brien Guitars, Robert O'Brien
Hands on individual  or two person classical or steel string classes. 

Oregon State University, OSU/MU Craft Center
Paul Kincaid
10 Memorial Union East, Corvallis, OR 97331
3-month 1x/week guitar construction

Planet Bluegrass, Michael Hornick
500 W. Main, Lyons, CO 80540
800-624-2422; fax 303-823-0849
4-day A-style mandolin building with M. Hornick

Joseph Regh
36 Sherwood Heights, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
ph/fax 845-297-2521;
2-week bow-making course by individual arrangement

Red Rocks School of Woodworking & Lutherie
13300 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80228
303-914-6514; Jeremy Cox;
1-day/week, classical, steel string, and electric guitars; mandolin; lutherie certificates are available

Renton Technical College
Musical Instrument Repair Technician Program
3000 NE 4th St., Renton, WA 98056
Part-time classes in string repair; full-time program (1 year) in brass and woodwind repair

Roberto Venn School of Luthiery
4011 S. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-243-1179; fax 602-304-1175
5 months, guitar making and repair

Bruce Roper, Chicago Luthiers Workshop ( (live link)
Chicago, Illinois
10-week guitar making class, flexible schedule

Eric Schaefer Guitars, Eric Schaefer
166 Tulpehocken St.
Bernville, PA
8 day course where you build your own flattop acoustic out of exotic tonewoods. Maximum of 3 students to a class.

SF Guitarworks
Geoff Luttrell (instructor)
323 Potrero Ave., San Francisco, CA 94103
Seperate courses covering, Bone Nut Making, Custom Electric Guitar Building, Effects Pedal Building, Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrade, Fret Leveling, Refretting, and Guitar Setup & Maintenance.

Sound Guitar Workshop
118 North 35th Street, suite 105, Seattle WA 98103
Acoustic guitar and ukulele construction. 1/2 day, 1-day, and multi-day classes in various aspects of fretted instrument construction and repair.
Classes taught by Cat Fox (Sound Guitar Repair) and Rick Davis (Running Dog Guitars)

Southeast Technical College
308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN 55066
9-month full-time guitar repair and building course, 9-month full-time violin repair; optional electric design & construction & archtop instrument building (mandolin, guitar or violin) courses

Spencer Acoustics, Randy Spencer
Garland, TX
Build every part of the guitar from scratch! NO KITS ALLOWED! Classes are once a week for 3hours (take more classes each week if you wish, $40 per class). Work at your own pace. One on one instruction. Daytime class times are from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday thru Saturday. Evening class times M-F are 6pm-9pm.

Uku'le'le school, HA NA LIMA 'IA
718 Puuhale Rd., Honolulu, HI 96819
ph/fax 808-847-1541;
1x/wk for 10 weeks, uke building

Vermont Instruments, George Morris
P.O. Box 115, Post Mills, VT 05058
2-week, 4x/yr., beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitar making

Violin and Bow Making and Restoration Institute
College of the Redwoods
Community Education
605 K St. Eureka, CA 95501
Contact: or call 707-269-4000
Week long workshops in violin or bow making and restoration taught by Boyd Poulsen or Steve Lohmann and Lynn Hannings. Winter and summer sessions are one week long, with 2-3 weeks offered in each discipline

Violin Craftsmanship Institute
University of New Hampshire Professional Development & Training Room G50
11 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824
603-862-7380; fax 603-862-7381
1-week workshops (in the summer) led by internationally renowned craftsmen on violin building, maintenance, and repair, bow rehiring, and bow making and repair

Violin Making School of America
Bow Making School of America
308 E. 200 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-364-3651; 800-801-3651; fax 801-364-3652
3 years, violin family construction and repair

Wells School of Lutherie
Daytona Beach, FL
One on one instruction for 8 straight days. At the end of the course the student takes home with him the guitar he made!

Bob Zatzman Guitar Repair
8024 Germantown Ave.(rear), Philadelphia, PA 19118
Apprenticeships by private arrangement

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Schools inside Canada

Robert Anderson Guitars
Victoria BC, Canada
(250) 383-5659
Individual instruction in Lutherie to selected students in a working atelier. Steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, including Ukulele and Archtop construction; Violin family instruments; french polishing. Weekly evening or afternoon sessions. Weekend and week-long sessions by arrangement.

Call or email for more information.

Burghardt Luthiery, Géza Burghardt
Granville Island Studio
1645 Duranleau St., Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S3 Canada
ph/fax 604-683-1135
Individual instruction, occasional apprentice; guitars, violin family; repair and construction

Canadian School of Lutherie
19 Pettipas Drive, Unit Z
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1K1 Canada
(902) 481-7614
One day to four month courses on all aspects of guitar construction and repair.

Sergei de Jonge School of Lutherie
56 Ramsay Rd., Chelsea, Quebec, J9B 2J1 Canada
5-week sessions 4x/yr., classical and flattop guitar construction and French polishing

Ecole Nationale de Lutherie
299 3rd Avenue, Quebec City, PQ, G1L 2V7 Canada
418-647-0567; fax 418-647-4880
3-years violin family making and maintenance

Fretworks, Miles Jones
4027 4th St. SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 2W4 Canada
403-243-5839; 888-fretworks
Short- and long-term comprehensive guitar repair and construction; specialty hand tool, jig, and fixture building

Guitarwood Luthery School
1-905-823-5271; toll free 1-800-952-8833
Two-Week Workshop: A fast and efficient approach to guitar building. Students will build their own classical, flamenco, or steel string to bring home. Tutorial on finishing, which students will apply at home. All materials provided.

One-Day Seminar (Saturdays): This comprehensive seminar will cover material selection, guitar setup, and general repairs.

All students (maximum 3 per class) will learn the use of power and hand tools, cutting and installing internal bracing, side bending, neck shaping, installing frets, etc.

Pembina Valley Luthiers, Jeremy Hamm
PO Box 213, 613 Valley Street
La Riviere, Manitoba, R0G 1A0
Offering 4 and 5 week acoustic guitar construction and 3 week solid body electric guitar construction courses.

Dan Richter, Dragonfly Guitars
Six-week course covering all aspects of the process from design to construction to finishing of a flat-top guitar. Tuition is $3000 and includes all materials except tuning machines, electronics and case.

Summit School of Guitar Building and Repairs
Sigmund Johannessen/Mike Jarvis
240 Goodyear Rd., Qualicum, BC, V9K 2A3 Canada
250-757-8807; 888-901-9903 (toll free)
1-day to 1-year courses, 1 or 2 students

Timeless Instruments' School of Luthiery, David Freeman
Box 51, Tugaske, SK, S0H 4B0 Canada
888-884-2753 (toll free);
7-week, 4x/yr. hands-on, acoustic and resophonic guitar, and harp design and construction; housing included

David Webber, Webber Guitars
Unit 7, 262 East Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC,V7L 1A3 Canada
ph/fax 604-980-0315;
Employer of guitar builders and apprentices

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International Schools

Anniesland College, Musical Instrument Technology
19 Hatfield Dr., Glasgow, G12 OYE United Kingdom
44-141-357-6077; fax 44-141-357-6557
1–2 year violin and guitar repair and construction

Australian Guitar Making School
Various locations
+61 467 647 936;
Weekly guitar making course: student attends a 4 hour workshop class each week until their guitar is finished. Class duration is 4 hours and the maximum class size is 6 students. Twenty five to thirty five weekly sessions is typical.

Electric Guitar BuIlding on the Central Coast of NSW! Student builds a custom electric guitar from scratch.

Ukulele Building Course runs 8 days and you build a ukulele from scratch. Held in Hobart, Tasmania.

18 day Guitar Making Course consists of full days, from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday for 3 consecutive weeks. Held in Hobart, Tasmania.

European Technological Institution for Music Professionals (ITEMM)
One of Europe’s leading schools for all technical aspects of musical instruments: making, repair, restoration and tuning of guitars, brass, woodwinds, pianos and accordions. Training programs in sound engineering and musical instrument retail business. Itemm is a non-profit organisation set up by professionals of the musical instrument making industry. Located in France.
Contact: Aline Angeli;

Guitar Building School and Courses from Guitar Tech Courses
Unit 10, Suttons Ind Park, Sea Road, Winchelsea,
East Sussex, TN36 4LZ
Tel: +44-1797-462222;
3 day course to learn how to build your own electric guitar

Chris Horton
Goa, India
+91-9823565117; +91-8308162326
15-20 day classes in classical and steel string guitar construction

IKATA - The Ikaalinen College Of Crafts And Design / Lutherie Department
Eino Salmelaisen katu 20, 39500 Ikaalinen, Finland
Phone: +358 3 450 9327; Fax: +358 3 450 9330
3 year courses to learn to build and repair plucked instruments

Lagan Lutherie School
8 Glenford Way
Newtownards County Down BT23 4BX Northern Ireland
Offering both part time and full time guitar making courses. Most courses are offered on a tuition only basis; materials are extra

London Metropolitan University (formerly Guildhall)
Sir John Cass Department of Art & Design
41–71 Commercial Rd., London, E1 1LA United Kingdom
44-20-7320-1844; fax 44-20-7320-1830
2–3 years violin family, guitars, early strings, early keyboard, making and repair

Manchester College of Arts and Technology
Ashley Lane, Moston, Manchester, M9 4WU United Kingdom
44-161-953-5995 ext. 4240
2- or 3-year part-time courses on steel string and classical guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, cittern, others

Merton College Musical Instrument Workshop
Morden Park, London Rd.
Morden, Surrey, SM4 5QX United Kingdom
44-181-408-6478; fax 44-181-408-6666
2–3 years violin family and guitar making and repair; also part-time day and evening short courses

Musikinstrumentakademien is a guitar making school in Stockholm Sweden.
Ryttargatan 272
194 71 Upplands Väsby
08-789 42 00;
Program is three years. Students build a classical guitar, a traditional steel string guitar, a modern guitar (nylon or steel string optional), an electric guitar, and an archtop guitar. Courses cover tonewood, restoration, CAD, economics, finishing, history, and maintenance of tools. The third year includes two months of work-training. Students who pass the final exam in high standard will earn the journeyman's licence.
Please read more on our web site.

Newark and Sherwood College
Friary Rd., Newark, Notts, NG24 1PB United Kingdom
44-1636-680-680; fax 44-1636-680-681
3 years violin family making and repair; 2 years classic guitar making

Osborne Guitars & Mandolins, Richard Osborne
The Stables, Town Hall,
Great Oak Street, Lllanidloes
Powys, SY18 6BN United Kingdom
01273 473883;
Make a steel-string guitar. The course will run for 23 working days and roughly one month in total. The hours will be Monday to Friday 9 –5.30 with an hour for lunch. Two courses, one starts April 9th – May 9th and the other starts May 14th – June 13th, 2015

Pablo Requena
+44 1273 891 211  / +44(0)7899851062
Classical guitar making course in Southern Spain and in Sussex, England.

Michael Sanden
Komstad 2239, 27296 Gärsnäs, Sweden
+46 41450049;
15-days; make steel string or classical guitar

Totnes School of Guitarmaking
Collins Rd., Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5PJ United Kingdom
44-1803-865-255; fax 44-1803-864-649
12-week courses 3x/yr., all guitars and related instruments

David Van Edwards
The Smokehouse, 6 Whitwell Road,
Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4HB, England.
+ 44 (0)1603 629899;
Weekly, summer school, cd-rom; various early stringed instruments including lutes, viols, guitars

West Dean Musical Instrument Workshop
West Dean College
West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ United Kingdom
44-1243-818-219; fax 44-1243-818-291
2 year Foundation in Historic Craft Practises – Musical Instruments.
1 year Professional Development Diploma.

Jeffrey Yong
32 Jalan 3, Pandan Indah Industrial Park
Kuala Lumpur 55100 Malaysia
Mobile: ( 60 ) 012-6714841;
2-week course. Students will be exposed to a blend of traditional and modern approaches in making guitars

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