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.
18 Day Intensive Guitar Making Course – Lake Macquarie
Designed for people making their first high performance guitar and for people who are not ready to do the comprehensive Luthier’s course yet.
We start with high quality rough sawn timber and use mostly hand tools to craft our guitars. No previous woodworking experience required.
All materials are supplied included a case.
The course is spread out over 3 weeks. Starts on a Monday and finishes on a Friday with Sunday’s being a rest day. The last Friday evening we celebrate our finished guitars.
Course is limited to 5 students
Cost is $4600
18 Day Intensive LUTHIER’s Course – Hobart OR Lake Macquarie
Hobart October 2020
Lake Macquarie October 2021
Join Master Luthier Strato Anagnostis for a 3 week intensive Luthiers course in either Hobart Tasmania or Lake Macquarie NSW.
In the Luthiers course you get a chance to design and build an acoustic or classical guitar from selected Australian or Exotic tone woods using mostly hand tools.
We explore a comprehensive range of traditional and contemporary bracing systems to ‘tailor’ the sound that most suits your playing.
These bracing systems include Fan Classical, Fan Flamenco, Ladder, Radial, Falcate, X brace, lattice and Double Top. We look at how any one of these bracing systems gets transposed onto a range of body shapes. We look at all the neck to body joins and select from Spanish Heel, Dovetail, Bolt on and Bolt on Bolt off. When your instrument is almost finished we explore the resonant frequency of your top, air and back and try and shift the frequency to our target using a frequency analyser and Chladni pattern analysis.
We take an excursion to a saw mill and look at how timber is milled and what to look for. Finally when your instrument is ready for finishing we can choose between French polish or Nitro Cellulose finish depending on time.
The evening of the last day of the course we have wine food and music on our instruments to celebrate. Cost $6880. Numbers are limited to 4 students.
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.
11 – 18 October with Sunday 14th off.
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, Monterey Cypress, QLD Maple
Top – Queensland Maple, Australian Blackwood or Engelmann Spruce
Neck: Queensland Maple
Fingerboard: Selection of Australian Timbers
Bracing: Spruce and carbon fibre
Bridge – Australian Blackwood
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
Setup & Finish with Shellac
Total Course Cost
You can upgrade to abalone rosettes ,tuners or hard case or more for an added fee just speak to Matt when enquiring.
You will also receive an On Stage Padded Case to take your hand made ukulele home with you.
@ Wallsend 20 mins from Newcastle CBD
Matt Semmens to book your spot or fill out the enquiry form below!