Make a Parlor Guitar with Tim Alsup & Alan Brittingham July 29 - August 4, 2019 (7 days)


$1155 tuition, $575 material fee payable to Alan and Tim
Key Points:
*Building a parlor guitar from start to finish
*Selection of guitar grade woods
*Understanding wood effects on tone
*Carving internal braces and manipulating them for tone
*Getting the best tone from the guitar
*Fretting the guitar
*Inlaying with shell and other materials
*Working to very tight tolerances
*Tuning a guitar
*Understanding the theories behind what makes a guitar work

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


Making your own acoustic guitar can be one of the most rewarding crafts. Precise joinery, creativity and music will all be rolled into this package. The class will be guided through all the critical elements of creating a steel string parlor guitar. Solid woods and high grade quality materials will be provided. Some prefabricated parts will be provided due to time limitations. Students will learn the complete process and art of acoustic guitar construction. By the end of the seven days, students will have completed their own hand crafted, strung and fully playable parlor guitar. Various protective finish options will be discussed. Students should have experience in correctly using hand tools such as chisels, hand planes and saws. This class will be a chance in a lifetime for participants to make their very own guitar that they’ve always dreamed of. The hours will be long and the challenge great, but the reward will be the creation of tremendous “sound” memories that will last a lifetime.

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.