Stringed Instrument Makers of Southern California
GUITAR MAKING CLASSES
Sponsored and taught by SIMSCal at
10770 Talbert Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
2017 classes are alreadycompleted. 2018 classes start in January. If you would like to get your name on a list for a future class, please register with the appropriate instructor.
Electric Guitarmaking Class
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Steel String Guitarmaking Class
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Learn how to make a flat top hollow body guitar, from side-
Choose to build either a steel string acoustic or an electric guitar. The steel string construction method, based on the technique of Bob Mattingly, uses a combination of both hand and power tools, and employs a contemporary mortise and tenon to connect the neck and body. The electric guitarmaking method will involve instruction on operating a CNC routing system to cut out the body shape from a digital template, as well as some traditional construction techniques, to build a Fender Telecaster-
Class Schedule and Procedure
Class schedules are still being decided for 2018. To give you an idea of what to expect, though, in 2017, the steel string guitar class consisted of 20 weekly evening sessions., meeting on Wednesdays, commencing in mid-
Because of space limitations, enrollment is limited to 6 students for the steel string guitar building class, and 6 students for the electric guitar building class. This allows for personal attention for each student, that is to say that, realizing that life priorities vary, each student can proceed at his/her own pace.
Meetings consist of lecture / demonstration and shop time. It is an ambitious project to complete a guitar in 5 months, even with a fair amount of "home work" done by the student. All the information necessary to complete a guitar, including a nitrocellulose lacquer finish for steel string guitars, will be provided. Due to the nature of lacquer finishing, actual demonstration is not possible at Woodcraft. In the past, we have had "open shop time" available for students – and club members – through the summer and early fall months, for students who wish to continue working on their guitars.
Prior woodworking experience is not necessary. Students will be instructed in the proper and safe use of the tools used in guitarmaking. Although those with experience may proceed faster than those without, the small size of the classes allows for personal attention. No one will be left behind.
Costs – Tuition and Materials
Tuition costs for 2018 are yet to be determined. Tuition cost for the 2017 steel string 20-
Additional costs: Each maker will choose his/her own guitar materials -
You will also want to invest minimally in some tools (for home assignments) such as clamps, rules, adhesives, etc. – most of which can be had at local stores. Finish will be another cost to consider, and this will vary on type of finish you choose. All this will be explained in the first meeting. Finally, personal tastes may lead to upgraded hardware and additional guitar ornamentation; these costs can be discussed with the instructors.
About the Instructors
The Steel String Guitar instructor is Eric Nichols, a well-
The Electric Guitar instructor is Larry McCutcheon, an independent luthier and proprietor of Huntington Beach Ukuleles. Larry has a strong interest in incorporating modern technology into the traditional art of instrument making, particularly the use of CNC routing systems.
Eric Nichols Drew Richman Larry McCutcheon
Woodcraft Store: 10770 Talbert Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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2016 Steel String Guitar-
2016 Classical Guitar-
2016 Guitar Building Classes -
Trimming braces and tops, and utilizing the go-
Preparing braces and using the jointer to prepare the neck blanks in the 2016 steel string guitar building class.