2 week Guitar Building Course


(1 customer review)

An exclusive 10-day guitar building course under the tutelage of an experienced luthier at Crimson Guitars in the UK.

10-day, 75 hours, 7.5 hours a day, a full 2 weeks of building.



An intensive 2 week Monday till Friday 10-day/75 hours course based in the UK designed to allow someone with limited or little experience to build a simple instrument from scratch.

Build a completely custom instrument with your choice of design, timber, hardware (as available), and pickup configuration.  Timbers and hardware can be purchased through us at an additional cost to the course.  You may, however, choose to bring your own materials and hardware, if you wish.  Please fill in the Specification sheet for a quote and to confirm that you will be bringing the correct materials.

We go over tool use, joinery, routing, neck carving, fretwork, body carving, basic inlay, neck angles, bridge placement, fine sanding, oiling, assembly, set-up, and all of the myriad of other skills that go into building a guitar.  Learn these skills in a fully outfitted workshop with an experienced instructor and training assistant guiding you through each and every process.  We are there to answer all of your questions and ensure you leave with all of the knowledge needed to repeat the procedures covered on any instrument.

The additional time allows for more complex instruments to be built but we do still recommend a higher degree of experience in order to facilitate the more complex techniques covered in this course.

Design and material specs must be finalised and approved at least one month before course start to ensure that all necessary materials can be ordered in good time.  A Specification Sheet and Student Questionnaire will be downloadable on purchase, please fill these in and email them to office@crimsonguitars.com care of James Blackburn.  The questionnaire is simply to tell the instructor of your woodworking experience so that the course can be catered to each student.

This 75-hour course entails 7.5 hour days, beginning at 9 am and ending at 5 pm.  There are local shops and pubs within a 10-minute drive of Crimson Guitars though most students bring a packed lunch.  We highly recommend the Thimble Inn for a laid back evening meal.

With our studio based in the picturesque rolling fields of Dorset UK, close to the town of Dorchester, take this opportunity to combine a unique experience with a refreshing holiday.  We even have our own booking agent called Julie, who will kindly help you find somewhere lovely to stay, in an ideal location, and at a great price.

Please get in touch for more information about accommodation and to let us know how we can help you be the best guitar maker you can be.

Check out our YouTube channel for more videos on how to get the most out of your Crimson Guitars precision hand tools as well as a myriad of guitar building tutorials and demo videos.

1 review for 2 week Guitar Building Course

  1. simon4 (verified owner)

    A great course, well worth the cost. The instructors are old hands at the guitar building trade, and are very capable of both good teaching and, when needed, are expert at putting right beginners mistakes! The atmosphere in the student workshop, as well as in the rest of the company buildings is joyful, it appears that everyone really enjoys their work. I was lucky enough to be there for the last two weeks of a three month course, and seeing the guys who had been at it for 10 weeks already building some wonderful creations was great, as well as getting their perspective on the build process from a different angle. Watching the luthiers as they work, learning how to make a guitar (or a bass, in my case) and having 80 hours to put together a unique instrument is worth every penny. Thanks Crimson.

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