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Elevating the Art of Guitar Repair and Design for the last 4 1/2 decades.

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Does it seem to be too hard to play ?

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Guitar Repair and Design

Guitar Repair and Design

FAQ: Who has taken these courses ? 

               The students' ages have spanned from 15 -74 years old. There has been a complete cross-section of humanity attending these courses; farmers, auto-mechanics, church ministers, music store owners and their employees; college students,  professional musicians, policemen, soldiers,  a lawyer, machinists, a doctor, a knife-maker, computer programmers, factory workers, I-T guys, artists, retired CEO's, carpenters, music teachers, accountants, a school principal, guitar collectors, guitar builders and guitar enthusiasts who simply want to set-up and maintain their own instruments ! All of these students participate and benefit from these " straight - to - the - point " tutorials and "inside" practical tips, that shed light on so many subjects that have long been considered secret information for a "select group".

 In a small group ( 8 maximum ), the students have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make any of the various members of the guitar family, play and sound their very best. 


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What makes these courses different from other approaches ?

#1. The "hands on approach" and the interaction between the students tends to fire up and sustain a genuine enthusiasm for a subject that we all hold dear to our hearts ... an awesome playing  Guitar!!

#2. With a small group of  (6 Maximum ) students, each bringing their own ( or friends and band-mates ) instruments to the course, it creates a broad cross-section of challenges and "accelerated learning" that would be impossible to duplicate in an isolated atmosphere, struggling with one instrument at a time. In one of the Fall 09' classes, between the ( 6 ) students, they owned over 130 ( yes 130 + !! ) guitars. It seems that the average student tends to own 6 guitars.

#3 The work done during the classes, frequently off-sets the cost of tuition, and in some cases, covers the course cost completely.

#4 This course doesn't require a " leave of absence " from work or a "second mortgage on your house" to finance !  You don't need to " put your life on hold " to attend this course.

#5 Many students have come back a second, third or fourth time to continue their studies, gradually ramping-up their skill level over whatever "time frame" they choose. Some have chosen to do Level 1 and Level 2 , back to back ; others have taken Level 1 and returned the following year for Level 2.

How much does the average Guitar Tech make ?

There are many examples of "Blue book " prices online. A detailed price list is handed out to the students that is based on my own industry experience over the last 4 decades. The average hourly rate is $45 -$75 an hour for a trained, competent Guitar Tech. We also cover  the aspects of developing a customer base and maintaining a good work ethic and integrity while building a business that suits the individuals' requirements and expectations. 

Just like in any other trade ..... the amount of work, the quality of your work and proper planning, will determine your bottom line.

Marc has levelled the upper frets to get rid of the " typical neck-to-body junction hump "  in order to drop the action down for a nice smooth touch.

Is there really that much work out there ?

When you consider how many instruments are out there already, then add to that the number of new instruments sold each year (over 2.5 million new guitars sold last year  .. in the US alone ! ), and how rare it is to find one that is actually 100% perfectly set-up; I think it is safe to say that most guitars, most of the time are in need of  some work!  Whether it be a light fret dressing, a complete refret,edge dressing sharp protruding fret ends, setups, pickup installs etc... etc... 

There are more instruments in need of work, than there are qualified individuals, who are capable of  doing the work that needs to be done.   

Guitars, by their inherent fragility and their sensitivity to atmospheric and seasonal change, will never arrive at a place of "constant stability".

This is why all stringed instruments will always need ongoing maintenance and adjustments, to keep them playing flawlessly and perfectly in tune. 

When you add the numerous broken necks, buzzing , worn out frets, loose braces, retro-fits, pickup installs and a multitude of other common ailments .... there is plenty of work to be done.  


Guitar Repair and Design - Level 1


This introductory course will provide students with hands-on training in the set-up and repair of acoustic and electric guitars. A detailed study of fretwork technique, including safe fret removal, correcting the lay of the neck, fret levelling, re-crowning and polishing; the fabrication of hand-cut nuts and saddles and an overview of the basic physics and design of the various members of the guitar family. All of the elements that determine the instrument's ability to perform at it's optimum level of playability will be covered. These 3 hr classes, run once a week, for 6 consecutive weeks.Workstations and hand tools will be supplied for the duration of the course. The student will walk away with the ability to accurately set up guitars and to level / edge dress / and refret the fingerboard. There are several dedicated hand tools that are fabricated for the students to take home with them upon completion of the course. Discussion of the business aspect of guitar repairs is also covered for those that are interested in working on instruments to generate a part time or full time income. Support material such as updated price lists for the industry, will assist the student in evaluating the the work and assessing the repair price for various common repairs / restorations and adjustments.    

Tuition: $795.00

Guitar Repair and Design – Level 2         

                                                   Acoustic-Electric system install

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Guitar Repair and Design   Level 2

Guitar Repair and Design – Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

Curriculum:Level 2


Building on the skills acquired in the Level 1 training, Level 2 studies will include a complete re-fret of the bound fingerboard and / or electric bass conversion: fretted to fretless (depending on the needs of the students); safe removal of acoustic guitar bridges and fabrication of a new bridge from a rosewood / ebony blank, calculating compensation for intonation and slotting the new bridge for saddle placement, compensated nuts / saddles fabricated from bone blank, acoustic guitar fingerboard / neck removal, broken head-stock ( splicing ) repair and touch-up; repair and replacement of loose braces; fabrication and installation of cross-grain quarter-sawn splices for repair of cracks and fractures, a study of hide glue and it's practical applications, french polish/lacquer-stick for fret repair touch up, installation of an on-board acoustic-electric system; Practical soldering and wiring technique for pick-up replacement, input jacks, volume and tone controls. Workstations and hand tools will be supplied for the duration of the course.

The Level 2 will be influenced, to a degree, by the projects that each individual student brings to the table. This allows each group of students to steer the curriculum to address their own particular needs. 

As in the Level 1 training, we always cover material over and above the designated curriculum.

Tuition: $775.00