Guitar Building Fundamentals: Getting the Most From Your Soundboards with Robbie O'Brien June 3-7, 2019


$825 tuition, $225 material fee payable to Robbie
Key Points:
*Sharpening and set up of hand tools used in lutherie
*Selecting traditional soundboard woods and understanding their effect on tone
*Joining the soundboard halves
*Installing a rosette
*Thicknessing the soundboard with hand tools and/or power tools
*Understanding different bracing patterns and their affect on stiffness and looseness
*Making and attaching bracing to the soundboard
*Top radii and how they affect tone and playability
*Removing mass to achieve optimum tonal response while maintaining structural integrity

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


This topic is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of guitar building! 85% of the sound produced from the guitar is directly related to the soundboard. Therefore, it is imperative to understand how to make a soundboard that is tonally responsive as well as structurally sound. Students will learn how to sharpen and set up tools needed in making soundboards, how to select soundboard material and then work to thickness, brace and “voice” their soundboards. Upon completion of the course, students will have a soundboard ready to be used on an instrument they are building or to use as a reference for making future soundboards. Focus will be on hand tools but some power tools may also be used. Students are also encouraged to bring their own guitars to work on adjustments and set up if time permits. Whether you are just beginning to make guitars or are making them full time, this is an opportunity to take your building to the next level.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.