Acoustic Guitar Construction Course Description


Acoustic Guitar Construction Course

       Building an acoustic guitar for the experience, or as an apprenticeship in Lutherie for a career, this hands-on workshop will teach You all the skills, practice the techniques develops that understanding "how to do it"  

International Students are not charged extra to study at our school.  We have trained lutheirs from over 25 countries in the past 30 years

The Programs
Certificate Programs:
Completing the Core Acoustic Guitar construction course earns you a certificate of Lutherie.  This is also the prerequisite course for the Diploma of Lutherie

Completing an advanced Training course following the Core Acoustic Guitar Constuction program will earn a second Certificate specific to the option taken.

Diploma Programs:

A Diploma of Lutherie is achieved by:Level 1

  • Completing the Acoustic Guitar Construction Course
  • Completing 2 additional Advanced Training courses;  Diploma Level 1 
    OR
  • Completing 3 additional Advanced Training courses; Diploma Level 2

Diplomas will note the Advanced Training Options that were studied.

The  Curriculum

  You will learn the principles of Design, Construction, Assembly of parts, Finishing, and Set up understanding how and why to vary Your Sound, not just how to build.

  Maximum of  7 Students to 1 teacher  allows time for individual instruction in addition to group lectures

  Students 17 and older are accepted,          You must be 19 years old  for Canada Student Loans

  You learn the balance of acoustic properties versus structural function, to create a Steel string,  Nylon string , Baritone, Tenor, or Bass guitar

  Working from bandsawn wood with hand and power tools to create the parts, you are learning more than just putting a kit together

  You'll quickly add the design principles to your compentency tool kit

  The workshop is run over 7 weeks of class time, 40 hours a week,  280 total hours

  There are extended open-shop hours, mornings, evenings, and weekends for working on extra additions, like inlay, to enhance Your Instrument.

  This is an immersion course.  Daily immersed practice develops your skills fast.  This immersion is why so many people say: "this course changed my life"

 

Tools

Each workstation is equipped with a complete set of required hand tools, 
You may bring your own hand tools if desired.
You are taught sharpening techniques of tools, enabling

You to maintain your own tools to a high standard when You set up your own shop. You will learn the safe, effecient method of working hand and power tools thoughout the building process. 

Alternative methods of building are discussed with each step for your future reference

 

Design

Design of the entire instrument is your choice
Step by step, you daily design and create an instrument that is uniquely yours

The  pros and cons, advantages and trade offs in design of each step are discussed in a lecture 
You then create that step, focusing on what is important to your playing style
Design is integral to each step, as you learn the complete Process of Guitar Construction,
from rough lumber to finished instrument

 

Construction of parts

Using bandsawn wood, and appropriate tools, you form Guitar parts incorporating the designs you have created
The Daily use of tools teaches and expands your skills to form the wood as you want it

This daily focus is a huge advantage over courses that are only once or twice a week, as here you are immersed in lutherie

  You are living and breathing Guitar Making,  It develops your skill, fast, through consistent practice

 

                                                    The Assembly

Assembling the top, sides, back, and neck brings it all together

Now it looks like a guitar!  

Add the bindings, fingerboard and bridge, complete the inlays,  the satisfaction in Your work is second only to playing it for the first time!

 

 Finishing

A choice of methods are offered to finish Your guitar
 a) You learn to spray lacquer using either / both  Compressor or HVLP systems

   b) You learn a hand rubbed French Polish method
 c) Using a specially selected oil, to finish the neck of your guitar

                                     

                                      
Guitar Set Up

One of the key stages, of Construction and Playability is the set up of Your guitar

We'll guide You to understand the relationship of the strings, nut, saddle, and fingerboard to acheive low, fast action with driving force and optimal expression of the acoustics

Set up is the most common maintenance of guitar care You become confident and competent with this aspect of Lutherie

 

The Wood

The best quality grade materials for your guitar construction with a good selection are available

There are  4 or 5 species of top woods. 5 or 6 Back & side sets,  3 or 4 neck woods for you to choose from   

 

 

                                               You choose either traditional or alternative woods selected for your build

                                  The acoustics and working traits of these woods are explained as we select them

 

Wood Certification

Under recent Canadian Governments and CITIES Treaty 2017, a Certificate of Origin of Wood is issued to you for Your specific guitar wood

 

The Cost

Acoustic Guitar Construction - core program

Tuition: $2950.   Materials: $1000.  TOTAL cost: $3950.00

Tuition and materials are tax deductible in Canada due to our Provincial Licensing regulations.
Canada Student Loans are available to Canadians. This is a Certificate program

 

 

Advanced Instrument Training Workshops

The core Acoustic Guitar Construction Workshop, as a prerequiste, provides the core skills of Lutherie

If You want to learn more, on completion of the Core Workshop, You take one or more Advanced Training Workshops
These also run seven weeks, concurrent with the core workshop, to further
Your skills and increase Your knowledge, as You build another instrument

This advanced level of study gives you the opportunity to design the complete instrument as the first step in Design
You select the  Construction and Assembly methods of Your choice,and sharpen your wood working skills
Finishing and final set up expand your experience of doing this work
On completion of the first Advanced Instrument Workshop, You will receive a Certificate of Lutherie
Completion of a third and/or fourth Workshop, You receive a Diploma of Lutherie

Students attend the Core Workshop lecture every morning,
then have a one on one session with the teacher for consultation of that day's plan of action.

For Canadians - Requirements for Canadian Student Loans is 12 weeks of 20 hours 
An Advanced Training workshop extends  the core program time to fulfill this requirement of 12 or 14 weeks.

Contact  david@timelessinstruments.com  to set up a course selction program


RESOPHONIC GUITAR WORKSHOP
Learn design and structural differences of a resophonic guitar versus an acoustic flat top by building a wooden Dobro or National style resonator guitar

Upon completion of the second instrument, students will have a stonger concept of the acoustic and structural balances of an instrument

The option runs for 7 weeks, with 20 hrs of instruction per week.
  shop access:  6:00am to 10:00pm
There will be lectures, consultation, and guidance to direct You in your work

The cost for materials and supplies is $1000CDN    Tuition is  $2200CDN  The total cost of the option is $3200CDN.
  Time length  7 weeks

You will further Your ability to anticipate and rectify acoustic and structural problems, design capabilities, skill with tools, and materials 

CELTIC / IRISH FOLK HARP WORKSHOP

This option also runs for 7 weeks, with 20 hours per week of instruction, lectures and consultation 280 hrs and 

 shop access 6:00am to 10:00pm
  You will study various different harp styles and sizes.
Theory consists of understanding the relationship of the sound box, pillar, and bow angles to facilitate the proper string lengths
You will learn the structural and accoustic balance on the harp
The student learns design, applied to joining angled panels, bracing for extreme string tension, stringing, tuning and
different finishing choices

The cost of Materials $1000.CDN   Tuition  $2200.CDN  
Total cost $3200CDN  time length 7 weeks


Acoustic Guitar Workshop

Design and build a second guitar, planning the entire build before You start
Incorporate new methods of construction or continue with the building method You learned in the core workshop

New methods of construction include, cutaway, finishing with colors, alternative neck join, use of different woods, or using any of the features not previously used   This allows You to solidify and expand the process already learned  add the extra step of designing & planning the complete instrument before beginning construction
Time length  7 weeks, 20 hr/instruction  shop access 6:00am to 10:00pm; Tuition $2200CDN     Materials $1000CDN  Total cost $3200CDN


 

Arch-top  Mandolin Workshop

This arched instrument is structured and produces sound very different from a flat top.
You will  learn the carving of the top & back plates
The neck join can vary with your design choices, 
You will choose from two possible Soundhole styles
 

Time length 7 weeks, 20 hr instruction, 6 am to 10 pm shop access     Tuition $2200CDN    materials $1000CDN   total cost  $3200CDN

 

                Arched-top Guitar Workshop

           A completely different style of guitar building with a challenge to carve the plates
Arch tops create sound different than Flat tops

You will learn these acoustic properties, and the variations you can create in sound
 You can learn a dovetail or mortoise and tenon neck join, and learn color finishing as part of the finishing schedule

 It is a big project & needs time to complete.  Some manage to accomplish this in seven or eight weeks
I suggest You allow nine weeks.    Tuition $3150CDN    materials $1000CDN      Total cost $4150CDN

Repair

If You want to develop Your repair skills, we can discuss the specific jobs You have in mind

The most common repairs would be neck resets, top replacements, head stock breaks, fret replacement, and general set-up

You could refer to Complete Guitar Repair By Hideo Kamimoto for ideas of the repairs You want to do

Consultation with the Instructor about the amount of time necessary will help plan the  course schedule

Core Guitar Construction Workshop is a prerequiste    Cost:   $2200CDN for 7 weeks training, Plus Materials

**If you have not taken the Core Guitar Construction workshop prerequisite, we offer specific repair training for the work you want to learn.     Cost: $960/day**

 

 

Electric Guitar Workshop

You learn to design a New Model, or copy your favourite electric.  Use a bolt on,neck through, or mortise and tenon neck join.  Color finishing techniques or sunbursting finishes can be explored

You will Design the electronics for the sound you desire This is a key to getting the sound production You want

Consult with david@timelessinstruments.com to determine the time required

                                          You will want to allow 4 to 7 weeks. Tuition $2200.00CDN per week Plus Materials,
                                                      these will vary widely with electronic selections

Irish Bouzouki or Cittern Workshop

Octave mandolin or Mando cello are all similar instruments with slight differences to fit the audio range, or scale lengths

Build with a tail piece or fixed bridge

You can build with a curved solera top to create sustain

A good choice for taking the theory and methods you learned in the first course and applying them to achieve a very different sound on a different instrument

 Allow 7 weeks Tuition $2200CDN    materials $1000CDN    Total cost $3200CDN

                     Weissenborn Workshop

                                      These lap guitars extend the body cavity to the head stock There is no neck

                                                This will solidify and expand on the structure and skills 
           You acquired in the Core Workshop and teach You new methods of constructing the sound box

                        The top is traditionally a hard wood, 

a spruce wood top can be used for brighter sound

                     Lots of other choices

Time length  7 weeks 20 hrs instruction, 280 hrs shop access: 6:00am - 10:00pm
 
Tuition $2200CDN   materials $1000CDN
 Total Cost $3200CDN

 

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT YOU WISH TO TRY,( Harp Guitar,etc.) CONSULT WITH DAVID FREEMAN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF WORKING IN THIS PROGRAM.

The Team

David Freeman, Master Luthier and Teacher

David has taught lutherie since 1986 when he first established his school and custom guitar work after doing repairs since 1974 and building since 1980. David has developed a respected reputation, recognised as one of the best teachers of lutherie.

In addition to the eclectic experience of instruments and construction methods,
David has training in personal communication skills

He teaches individuals within the group, working with your learning strengths.

David's University studies include the humanities, Fine arts, and Mediation

He served apprenticeships in Music, Pottery, wood working, teaching and Agriculture.

He studied Guitar building with Charles Fox & George Morris

Piano restoration and tuning began in 1985

He learned Violin Bow making with Michael Vann and trained in Violin restoration

Seth Freeman grew up in this shop. It is a way of life.

After University, and working in acting, magic and sales managment,he returned in
2011 to work in lutherie

He has learned the skills of teaching and lutherie all his life, now working in this craft

Seth has a B. A. degree

 David Freeman – Master Luthier Contact david@timelessinstruments.com

Seth Freeman – Luthier Contact timelessgtrs@sasktel.net

Accommodations

We offer You lodging in the student Accommodation house.

Fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave,two fridges,and a freezer, washer and dryer, bathroom with shower for Your stay. 

There are three bedrooms, two beds in two and a larger one with three beds. Bedding is optional.

Some students forge life long friendships through sharing the learning environment, and community of living

Accomodation rent of seven weeks $390.00 Cdn

Additional living time can be purchased at $100.00 Cdn per week

There are alternative independant housing options, Inquire.

To inquire about these classes, drop us an email at david@timelessinstruments.com,
or call us Toll Free at 1-888-884-2753 (TUG-ASKE)
Or fill out our online Luthier Training Application Form

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