Schools, Classes & Individual Instruction

Online Lutherie Instruction

Are we planning to have jump links for online, inside USA, outside USA etc? Or just one long list that has to be scrolled down? Also it seems practical to me to put each section (i.e. Online, USA, Canada, International) in its own text row so that if we have to change a name or link I won't have to scroll through all of them to get to the one that I need to.

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
archtop building


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

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

International Lutherie 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.

Brisbane Guitar Making School
Sumner, Queensland 4074 Australia
+61 418569019;
Experience the magic of creating your own guitar attending weekly 4-hour classes. All instruments are built from raw materials – no kits. Max class size is 5 students. Work at your own pace. Affordable payment plans. Acoustic and electric guitars, basses, ukulele and specialist instruments such as Bouzouki, resonator guitars, gypsy jazz guitars etc

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
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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

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 College of Arts and Conservation
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

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