Schools, Classes & Individual Instruction

Beginning or Aspiring Luthiers

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International Lutherie Schools

Academy of Guitar Making & Bailey Guitars
+441655 883138 Course enquiries:
PO 8409 Kirkmichael Guitar Village
Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Online guitar courses, support, resources and an awesome community of builders, plus face-to-face courses at the Bailey workshop in the hills of the West Coast of Southern Scotland. Workshop courses are full, "from scratch" builds and start at 5 days for a set neck electric, and 13 for an acoustic (in more than one visit). 3- 4 students. Online courses are by monthly subscription at your leisure. Mark Bailey started making guitars in 1990, and running courses since 1999 ...and is still learning

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

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

The European Institute of Guitar Making, Stephen Hill
Calle canalejas 12 bajo
La Herradura, Granada, 18697 Spain; Tel: 0034 644063431
We offer the original month intensive full-time Spanish guitar making experience in the province of Granada, Southern Spain. Covering all aspects of the traditional building process of the Granada guitar including rosette making we aim to make a first class instrument without cutting corners. Run by Luthier Stephen Hill who has been building guitars since 1985.

Glissando, Spanish Guitar Construction Workshop School
C./ Castillo nº 4, Local Izq.
28010 Madrid, Spain.
Phone: +34 91 543 19 31;
Build a guitar using the Spanish-style of guitar making.

Guitar Building School and Courses from Guitar Tech Courses
Unit 2, Firgrove Business Park
Firgrove Road
East Sussex, TN21 0QL
Tel: +44-1797-462222;
3 day course to learn how to build your own electric guitar

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 instrument

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

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

School of Musical Instrument Crafts, Lincoln College, Newark Campus
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
Malaga, Spain
+34 692701857
Build a classical or flamenco guitar using traditional construction techniques, small group or one-on-one

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

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