Guitar Repair and Design
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 are 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.
Neck Reset/ Refret on 60's Harmony acoustic
If you look carefully, you'll see the hockey puck. A sure sign of the Canadian version of the Guitar Repair Class Semi-finals !
As a group, these guys completed $4000.00 ++ worth of repair and restoration work over the duration of the course. Great job done guys ! I'm looking forward to seeing those who are returning for Spring 2012 session.
Milan ( Toronto ) did a complete re-fret and compensated nut on his Ovation ( flawlessly done , I must add )! This was done in conjunction with multiple lessons in Guitar Repair and Restoration technique, by observing what all the other students around him were doing
Jeremy ( Lindsay ) accomplished so much during this course, that it is hard to recall everything he did! If you're up Lindsay way, in need of some guitar work, look him up ... he's got the ears and the touch.
Thanks goes out to all of the students ... for the great camaraderie and a good time !
Terry ( Paris ) is a very meticulous worker with a precise touch. Everything he did was done with attention to detail.
With Dave ( Innisfil), we managed to complete a neck reset (steaming off the dovetailed neck), slipped off the bridge / re- radiused the foot and cleaned up the soundboard surface and reglued, completed a refret ( including levelling the fingerboard ), cut a compensated nut from a tusq blank, re-slotted the bridge and cut a custom fit tusq intonated saddle !
Guitar Repair Workbench
Special thanks goes out to all of the students from across the Province; especially those who have driven to Stratford each week from Leamington, Windsor, Barrie, Woodstock, St.Catherines, Oakville, Georgetown, Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, St Agatha, Toronto, Ajax, Lindsay, Niagra Falls, Goderich, Sarnia,Listowel,Peterborough, London, Long Point, Alymer,
Guelph, Acton, Hamilton, Wingham, Dundas, Owen Sound, Chatham, Mississauga and Brampton to attend these classes.
It is very encouraging and rewarding to see so many of you spreading out across the Province and setting up shop.
My wish for all of you, is continued success in the coming years, with all of your guitar-istic goals and aspirations.
This past 23 years, has been a testament to the conviction and dedication of all my students. The attendance record and enrolment, has demonstrated the obvious need in the Industry, for qualified people. My gratitude goes out to all of you, for your faith, and encouragement.