Schools, Classes & Individual Instruction

Beginning or Aspiring Luthiers

If you are just getting started in instrument making, or just thinking about becoming a luthier, we suggest you see our FAQ and check out our essays on getting started and choosing a lutherie school.

Becoming a member of the Guild is a great way to connect with a community of luthiers and benefit from our information-sharing organization. Everyone is welcome to join. See our membership page and be sure to spend some time on our site looking at all the Guild has to offer.

Lutherie 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

Blackwood Guitar Making School
340 County Road 5
Mallorytown, ON, K0E 1R0 Canada
5-week acoustic guitar making class, up to 6 students

Burghardt Luthiery, GĂ©za 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

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

Hamm-tone Guitar Building School
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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

Toronto Lutherie, Guitar making school founded by Behrad Gorgani former instructor at OCAD University
1431 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6H 4C7 Canada
Individual/group classes for acoustic and electric guitars

Whitney School of Guitar Building, Michael Whitney
10304 Dale Meadows Place
Summerland, BC, V0H1Z8 Canada
Offering varying on-site guitar building courses to suit both your schedule and depth of interest