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Guitar Repair and Building Program – Optional Courses

Electric Guitar Construction

First year guitar students can choose the Electric Guitar Construction class as a spring elective where they will design, blueprint and build their very own electric guitar. Students may choose to build a guitar following a classic, established design or choose to create their own. The instructor will work with the student to ensure their design is structurally sound and also attainable within the scheduled time. This class will put into practice, step by step, all of the different skills studied and practiced throughout the fall semester.

Students are required to complete the construction of the instrument during the scheduled class time, but some students choose to apply the finish in a *five day workshop through Customized Training that is held after graduation.


Advanced Finishing Class

This course will be part of the Guitar Development and Production Program for second year guitar students.

A five day workshop will still be offered after graduation for those students who want to apply a more complicated finish to their electric guitar, mandolin or archtop guitar. The course will be scheduled some time after graduation and before the end of May and *will require sufficient enrollment* in order to run. More information will be available through Customized Training at the beginning of spring semester or contact your advisor.


Archtop Instrument Construction

Guitar Development and Production Program (2nd Year Program) students will choose to construct an archtop instrument such as an archtop guitar, mandolin or violin. These advanced projects involve carving the top and back from solid wood, bending complex curves for the sides, and carving scrolls. All instruments will be constructed using the same systematic approach.

This course is not available to first year guitar students.

After taking the course and learning the building process, any student should be able to construct all of the instruments offered in this program.

The instrument designs are limited to the following choices:
     • Benedetto style acoustic arch top guitar (non-cutaway)
     • "A" Style mandolin (sound hole or F holes)     
     • 1715 Strad Model violin

A class manual is available to students taking the course and resource material will be introduced as the class progresses.


Finishing an electric guitar
Wet sanding a "gold top" finish on an electric guitar

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