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 CSS GUITAR BUILDING 

Design and build your guitar in this two week intensive course

Course Overview

The collection of skills, techniques and methods of guitar building can take a lifetime to acquire. This two-week course is designed to accelerate your learning curve.  You'll gain insight to the many tools, jigs and fixtures utilized by modern luthiers.

What You'll Build

Choose from our five body shapes such as, Concert, OM, Small Jumbo, Dreadnought or Jumbo. You will construct a fine quality guitar in the "white" (sans finish) utilizing Rocky Mountain Guitar Company's adjustable cantilevered neck design and constructed with Indian Rosewood or Honduras Mahogany back & sides coupled with a Sitka Spruce top.

 
What You'll Learn

You'll learn a logical, integrated approach to guitar building - a combination of today's most effective practices and techniques - as well as practices from long ago. These methods are key to optimizing the quality, efficiency and creativity of your work. They're the logical place to start as a beginning luthier and they're essential for achieving today's extremely high standards of excellence.

You'll learn how to design and build the guitar of your choice. Working from the raw materials, you'll create the parts, construct the sub-assemblies, assemble, shape, trim, sand, seal, set up and finally play your guitar, learning each phase of the process in turn, in real time at your workbench. The hands-on class experience is designed to prepare you for steady advancement in your continued self-learning.

Duration: 2 weeks - Monday thru Friday  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

See below for scheduled classes.

Class format: Each student creates his or her own instrument in the white (sans finish) as each step is discussed and demonstrated. Enrollment is limited to two students. We work 8 hours, each day, Monday thru Friday for two consecutive weeks.  Some lutherie or woodworking experience is a plus, but not required.

Tuition:  $3900 plus materials. (about $500)

​2020 Class Schedule:

Spring Sessions - April 13 - 24,  May 18 - 29

Fall Sessions - August 31 - September 11, October 19 - 30

Please contact us for more information.