If you are passionate about guitars and other stringed instruments and have always wanted to pursue the discipline of lutherie, this course will help you become a luthier/guitar tech and assist you in setting up a part or full time shop of your own.
Instruction is one-on-one and will be tailored to your goals, aptitude and availability.
The course is broken down into phases. Each phase consists of 5 one-hour sessions.
Enrollment is $500, which will cover Phase 1.
Please bring the enrollment fee and an electric guitar to our initial meeting in case you want to get started right away.
Phase 1 will cover electric, bass and acoustic setups.
Phase 2 will concentrate on building bone nuts and saddles and repair work
Phase 3 will cover guitar electronics and repair work
Phases 4 & 5 will concentrate on fretwork - removal. cleaning of fret slots & radius sanding of the fingerboard, measurement & radiusing of the new frets, refretting and level, crown & polish
Phase 6 will be given over to honing your setup and repair skills and a thorough review. We will also cover what's involved in running your own shop, repairing and setting up customers' instruments and general tradecraft.
Note: you must be long on patience, have some aptitude with tools and measuring and be willing to make a solid financial and time commitment if this course is going to work for you. By the time we get to Phase 2, there will be a strong homework component to this course. Repetition and practice are critical to increasing your knowledge and confidence. Therefore, it is important that you have a workspace at home.
If you stay with the course for the full 6 Phases, I will present you with a Certificate of Completion as a Journeyman Luthier, help you get set up in business as a luthier/guitar tech and sponsor you into The New England Luthiers.
If you don not aspire so set up a business as a luthier/guitar tech but only want to do setups and minor repairs on your own gear, we can tailor the course to fit.
Proper tools for lutherie/guitar tech work will be an additional expense. I encourage you to visit stewmac.com to familiarize yourself with the best tools available.