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

Does your guitar always seems to be out of tune ?
Does it seem to be too hard to play ?

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Spring Session 2017 Guitar Repair and Design - Conestoga College

Conestoga College 
Stratford Campus
Guitar Repair and Design

Level 2

This will be my last
 Level 2 offering,
before retiring.

Monday Class
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
May 29th  - July 3rd

Registration Link:

Introduction to Guitar Repair and Design

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.

A detailed step-by-step analysis of compensated nut fabrication is also included in the Level 2 curriculum. Students will be shown how to calculate and fabricate a compensated nut for all of the various scale lengths and fingerboard radius choices; from a blank of bone or tusq to the finished / precisely calculated nut. 

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.

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 hour 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.    

Tuition:    $795.00

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 !

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,
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.

Terry ( Paris ) is a very meticulous worker with a precise touch.
Everything he did was done with attention to detail.

Dave ( Innisfil), managed to complete a neck reset (steaming off the dovetailed neck), slipped off the bridge / re- radiused the foot, 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 Technician Training

Many thanks to all of the students from across the Province; 
 those who have driven to Stratford each week,  from Leamington, Windsor, Barrie, Woodstock,  St.Catherines, Oakville, Georgetown, Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, St Agatha, Toronto, Ajax, Oshawa, Lindsay, Niagra Falls, Goderich, Listowel, Orangeville, Peterborough, London, Long Point, Alymer, 
Guelph, Acton, Hamilton, Midland, Wingham, Dundas, Owen Sound, Chatham, Mississauga and Brampton to attend these classes. 

 The attendance record and enrolment  has demonstrated the obvious need in the Industry, for qualified people and has been a testament to the conviction and dedication of all the students. My gratitude goes out to all of you, for your faith, and encouragement.