Schools, Classes and Individual Instruction

Online Instruction

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

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

Al McWhorter;
Uke building

Mike Nelson;
Mandolin building

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

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

Shel Sax
Classical guitar, with photos and verbal descriptions of each step

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

Steve Smith
Mandolin and archtop building

The Violinmakers School Stradivari of Cremona
Violin making in 45 photos

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

Bob Benedetto
Benedetto Guitars
10 Mall Terrace
Savannah, GA 31406
912 692 1400
1 and 2 day Archtop Guitar Making seminars

Dan Biasca
Mt. Hood Community College Continuing Education Program and The Northwest Woodworking Studio
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

Bow Making School of America
See Violin Making School of America

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
Guitar design, experimental instruments; private consultation, workshops, possible apprenticeship

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, The Cascade School of Lutherie
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

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; cb"at"
Private consultation guitar making, French polishing

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
2-week, weekend, and 1–2 day seminars: small group hands-on guitar building; also inlay, electronics, 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
The Fret House
309 N Citrus Ave
Covina CA 91723
Has expanded their kit building class to include an inlay seminar, an electric guitar kit building class, a 2 week intensive acoustic steel string guitar and a 1 week intensive electric guitar building class

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

Kenny Hill, Hill Guitar Company
5905 Hwy. 9, Felton, CA 95018
800-262-8858; fax 831-335-3602
10-day intensives, 2 or 3x/year, hands-on classical guitar building; all levels

Michael Hornick (see Planet Bluegrass)

Hot Strings Guitar Ship, Jamie Boss
284B Quarry Road
Milford, CT 06460
Hot Strings provides a variety of classes throughout the year covering both steel string and classical guitar construction. Are able to accommodate up to four students at a time in their 40 hour and 80 hour guitar building classes

Anthony J. Huvard
P.O. Box 130, Sandston, VA 23150
fax 804-737-2312;
1- and 2-year private apprenticeships; on-line apprenticeship; on-site consulting (your location)

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

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
413-662-5543; 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) 992-4956;
The SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS workshops are presently held several times a year. Each workshop is taught in a small group setting, usually four or five students. This is also a seven-day workshop for the completion of an Archtop guitar from start to finish. All wood, materials, and parts are included. Only a six-string Archtop guitar with a 17" X 3" body will be offered.

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
39 North Bennet St., Boston, MA 02113
617-227-0155; fax 617-227-9292
3-year program and short workshops, violins, bows, construction and repair

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

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

Planet Bluegrass
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
1-day/week, classical, steel string, and electric guitars; mandolin; possible community college certificate/degree

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

Ribbecke Guitars
P.O. Box 2215, Healdsburg, CA 95448
ph/fax 707-433-3778;
7-day intensive course, archtop guitar construction and limited private instruction

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

Ervin Somogyi
516 52nd St., Oakland, CA 94609; ph/fax 510-534-4445
Individual consultation on guitar construction and repair and 1x/yr. intermediate-level hands-on guitar making class

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

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 Continuing Education
24 Rosemary Lane, Durham, NH 03824
603-862-1088; fax 603-862-1495
1-week sessions (summer) on violin- and bow-making and repair led by internationally renowned craftsmen

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

Sylvan Wells
Wells Guitars
New England area
One on one instruction for 10 straight days. At the end of the course the student takes home with him the guitar he made!

White River Artisans School
2519 Denton Ferry Rd., Cotter, AR 72626
870-430-5437; fax 870-430-5912
1-week classes in bow making and bow repair

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
Selected students come for one evening session per week and work on their own instruments. 2 students per session. Cost - $120.00 per week CDN each.
Beginning this summer, offering weekly sessions of 30 hrs of daytime instruction. 2 students per week. Cost - $1,200.00 per week CDN each.
Teach a maximum of 2 students per session and offering week long summer sessions this year as well as ongoing evenings.

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
This course has been designed to help you build an acoustic guitar from scratch in 4 weeks.

Sergé Guitars, Sergé Michaud
50 Ave. Boutin sud, Breakeyville, PQ, G0S 1E3 Canada
7-week, acoustic, classic, archtop guitar building seminars; individual instruction

Daniel Stickel
1321 Railspur Alley, Granville Island
Vancouver, B.C., V6H 4G9 Canada
Individual one-on-one instruction in flamenco, steel string, and classical guitar making

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

See also some interesting pictures for our first online auction of a course at Timeless Instruments.

David Webber, Webber Guitars
1385 A Crown Street
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 1G4 Canada
ph/fax 604-980-0315;
Employer of guitar builders and apprentices

Wells Forest Academy
P.O. Box 95, Wells, BC, V0K 2R0 Canada
Summer short courses in various stringed instruments

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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

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; +91-832-2497370
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
71 Eglantine Avenue
Belfast, BT9 6EW, 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

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

Fabio Ragghianti
via Fornace,10
55045 Pietrasanta, Italy
39-0584-796050; 39-3337-493252
Weekend minicourses on fretting, neck carving , bracing, French polishing, and so on in lovely Tuscany, Italy

Romanillos Guitar Making, José and Liam Romanillos
Siguenza, Spain; 44-1747-822-906
2- wk. August, Spanish guitar construction

Michael Sanden
Ostindiegatan 18, 41452 Gothenburg, Sweden
46-302 303 71 fax 46-302 303 71
15-days; make steel string or classical guitar

Gary Southwell, Southwell Guitars
10 Chaucer Ct. Workshops
Chaucer St., Nottingham, NG1 5LP United Kingdom
1-week summer, classical guitar making

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
6 Whitwell Rd.
Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4HB United Kingdom
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
3 1-year programs, early bowed instruments

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

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