Courses

Guitar Making Courses

We offer multiple course types over multiple locations.

Weekly guitar making courses are offered at: Sydney, Erina, Newcastle, and Townsville.

Our intensive courses are offered at Lake Macquarie and Hobart. See below for more information.

Weekly Guitar Making Course

This is our most popular course. The student attends a 4 hour workshop class each week until their guitar is finished. Students attend weekly classes in a specialized guitar building workshop and are taught and supervised by a Certified Guitar Making Instructor. Class duration is 4 hours and the maximum class size is 6 students. The time taken to complete a guitar depends on a number of factors including the existing woodworking skills of the student, their preferred pace of working and the complexity of the guitar that they choose to build. 22 to 35 weekly sessions is typical.

Weekly Course Tuition Fee 

$100 – $120 per 4hour session. Varies depending on location.

Students pay a weekly tuition fee that covers the use of the workshop (each student has his/her own bench to work at), the use of all the specialized guitar making tools, and instruction and supervision from a Certified Guitar Making Instructor.

This is a pay-as-you-go course so you don’t need the full course fees up front but instead you get to spread the cost of your course over approximately 6 – 8 months. 

Also this course gives you the opportunity to work totally at your own pace. Of course you are supervised all the way by one of our expert instructors so you can be confident that you will produce an excellent guitar. 

 Our weekly Guitar Making Course is offered at Sydney, Newcastle, Erina, & Townsville.

Click below for your closest school and their class times.

Sydney | Newcastle | Central Coast NSW | Townsville | Lake Macquarie | Hobart

Intensive 1:1 or Small group courses

1:1 or small group courses intensive courses are available on an ad-hoc basis throughout the year.
Build options include:

  • Classical/Flamenco
  • Acoustic Steel String
  • Solid Body Electric

No prior skills required.

Typical length is 15 days and is priced from $2250 for an electric guitar or from $4250 for acoustic guitars.

Not all locations have intensive options available, so contact your nearest location to inquire.

Sydney | Newcastle | Central Coast NSW | Townsville

Ukulele Intensive Course – Newcastle

Build your own Ukulele

What to expect from the Intensive Course

The ‘intensive’ ukulele course is intended for people with basic or no woodworking skills. Some of the processes have been streamlined to ensure the instrument is finished within the course time frame.  You will still be building the ukulele from raw materials and will gain valuable experience with many hand tools.  You will end up with a very high quality instrument in both appearance and tone.

Course Dates

28th June – 6th July 2021

& again 20th – 26th September 2021

Types of ukulele

You will build a Tenor Ukulele.  Other sizes upon request.

Timber and Materials Used in the course

  • Back & Sides –  Australian Walnut, Tasmanian Myrtle, QLD Maple
  • Top – Engelmann Spruce
  • Neck: Queensland Maple – Red Cedar
  • Fingerboard: Selection of Australian Timbers
  • Bracing: Spruce and carbon fibre
  • Bridge – Mulga
  • Rosette – solid timber
  • Tuners – open style ukulele
  • Bone nut & saddle

Some of the processes covered in the Course

  • Design and hand carve headstock
  • Hand carve heel
  • Install wooden rosette
  • Top and Back Bracing Construction & Shaping
  • Bending the sides
  • Body and neck assembly
  • Optional timber bindings if time permits
  • Neck Shaping
  • Install frets
  • Design bridge
  • Setup & Finish with Shellac or oil

Total Course Cost

$1800

Added Gift

You will also receive Hard Case to take your hand made ukulele home with you.

Location

Wallsend 20 mins from Newcastle CBD

Contact

Matt Semmens to book your spot or fill out the enquiry form below!

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