Make an Acoustic Guitar with John Ressler August 5-10, 2019 (6 days)


$990 tuition, $575 material fee payable to John
Key Points:
*Building an acoustic guitar from start to finish
*Selecting instrument grade woods and understanding their effect on tone
*Carving guitar top braces and manipulating them for tone
*Getting the best tone from a guitar
*Fretting a musical instrument
*Inlaying mother of pearl shell
*Woodworking to very tight tolerances
*Tuning a guitar

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


Building your own guitar can be one of the most rewarding crafts. It consists of precise joinery, creativity and music all in one package! Students 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. Students will learn the start to finish process of the craft and art of musical instrument construction. By the end of the week, everyone will have completed their own hand-crafted, acoustic guitar that is strung and fully playable. The application of a protective finish will be discussed in depth so students 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.

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.