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Acoustic Guitar

Instructor:  Scott Hausmann

$2,900 including all materials and TKL case
2 weeks
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Course Description

In this full immersion course we teach a systematic approach to guitar making that involves the student in every step of the process. In class you’ll learn how to fabricate the components, bend sides, carve the neck, assemble the body, and fine tune the set-up of your guitar so it plays beautifully.


Your instructor will build a guitar along with the class and demonstrate every step of the process. Using this approach students can observe each operation before completing the task on their instrument. Everyone has a different learning style, so we like to embelish the instruction with lots of props, drawings, photographs, and videos.

Much of our work is done with traditional hand tools, and we also use a variety of shop-made tools developed specifically for our courses. Students receive extensive instruction in the operation of power equipment, and we’ll show you how to incorporate simple jigs to help you work safely and more effectively.

In class we’ll review alternative approaches to our proceedures, and discuss the relative pros and cons. Students will learn to think strategically, and gain the confidence to solve problems independently as they move forward with their own projects. Our process is well documented, and each student receives a comprehensive course manual describing each procedure in detail.

Your Guitar

We make straightforward instruments in this class patterned after some of the most popular acoustic guitars of all time. Each instrument is constructed in a handsome contemporary style with the following features:

Whetstone Acoustic GuitarHonduran Mahogany back and sides
Sitka Spruce top
Herringbone rosette
Mahogany top binding and BWB purfling inlay
Honduran Mahogany 3 piece neck
Bolt-on tenon neck joinery
Solid headstock with Indian Rosewood overlay
Gotoh 16:1 sealed tuning machines
Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
2-way adjustable truss rod
Ebony bridge pins
Pearl fingerboard dot inlays
Side fret markers
Vintage bone nut and saddle

Students can choose between a diverse selection of guitar designs, ranging from Parlor guitars to Small Jumbos. You can follow the link below to read descriptions of the different configurations and compare the specifications.

Acoustic Guitar Design Configurations

We think the Honduran Mahogany and Sitka Spruce we supply for the course make superb guitars, and our student testimonials speak for themselves. That said, many of us enjoy the look and sound of other tonewoods, so we now offer the option to upgrade the materials for your build at an additional cost. Once you register for a class, we’re happy to help you make a selection from our extensive inventory of fine tonewoods. Here’s a list of the species we typically have in stock.

  • Indian Rosewood
  • Figured Mahogany
  • Hard Maple
  • Black Walnut
  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Ebony fingerboards and bridges


In class we’ll prepare the guitar for application of our environmentally friendly varnish finish. We’ll teach you how to complete the finish at home, and we’ll supply enough material to do the job. Students also have the option to complete their guitar “in the blonde” and apply the finish of their choice later.

Click on the link below to learn more about our Waterlox finish.

Waterlox Finish

Student Qualifications

This is an intermediate level hands-on course. We work full days in the shop, and need to maintain a steady pace to complete our instruments on schedule. Some recent woodworking experience, or a demonstrated proficiency working with your hands is required for this class. Instrument making experience itself is not necessary, but a general familiarity with acoustic guitar construction is beneficial.

We can help you prepare for the class, so don’t be bashful about contacting us to discuss your qualifications – we’re happy to assist you.


Course Schedule

3:00 – 5:00 (orientation)
Monday – Saturday
8:30 – 5:00
2nd Sunday
no class
Monday – Saturday
8:30 – 5:00