Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Making an Acoustic Guitar With John Ressler

Dates: 5/19 - 5/24
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $900
Materials: $550
Deposit: $400

Masters Fellowship

Building your own guitar can be one of the most rewarding crafts. It consists of precise joinery, creativity and music all in one package! You will be guided through all the critical elements of making an acoustic, steel-string guitar. Materials will be high-grade quality solid woods only. Because of the obvious time limitations, prefabrication of parts will be necessary, and John will supply these. You will learn the start-to-finish process of the craft and art of musical instrument construction. By the end of the week, you will have completed your own hand-crafted, acoustic guitar that is strung and fully playable. The application of a protective finish will be discussed in depth so you can complete the project after the class ends. Participants should have some experience correctly using hand tools, such as chisels and planes. If you ever wanted to make a guitar, this class will be the chance of a lifetime. The hours are long, and the challenge is great, but the satisfaction will be tremendous and will create "sound" memories that will last a lifetime.

Key Points:

Build an acoustic guitar from start to finish
Selection of instrument grade woods and their effect on tone
Carving guitar top braces and manipulating them for tone
Getting the best tone from a guitar
Fretting a musical instrument
Mother of Pearl shell inlay
Woodworking to very tight tolerances
How to tune a guitar
The theories behind what makes a guitar work

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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