Details - SJ Guitars and Luthiery Training

Go to content

Main menu:

Courses / Fees

Please Choose the program length links above or on the side menu
for specific course details and course fees.

Please note:

Programs vary in length depending on your goals and can cover all aspects of guitar repair and building from minor repairs, through compete restoration to custom instrument design and building, electric and acoustic, hollow and solid body.

  • All guitars are built from “scratch”.  We do not use kits.

  • These are hands on courses and students keep the instruments they build.

  • Please note that the number of instruments built is determined by the style and type.

  • To customize a course please contact us.

Instruments that students may choose from for building:

  • electric guitar a) bolt on neck b) set neck c) neck through

  • electric bass

  • acoustic guitar

  • acoustic bass

  • arch top

  • classical

  • mandolins

  • ukelele

  • dobro

  • Hawaiian lap steel - electric and acoustic

To determine which course best meets your goals, students need to look at what they wish to accomplish and look at the options.

Our philosophy is quality not quantity.



• Blueprint
• Neck Jig
• Body Jig
• Neck Pocket jig
• Pick up Jig
• Bridge Jig
• Control Cavity Jig
• a) Practise neck - no fingerboard
  b) practise neck - with fingerboard
      and truss rod
  c) complete neck with frets
• make neck
• Laminate Body
• Cut out shape
• Route out cavities
• Test fit neck and body with
• final sanding before finishing
• finish
• Install hardware
• Set up

• Blueprint
• Body mould (optional)
• Neck Jig
• Bridge Jig / Dovetail Jigs
• Laminate back
• Laminate top
• Install back strip
• Install rosette
• Thickness sand top and back
• Make braces for top and back
• Radius braces top and back
• Install braces for top and back
• Shape braces
• Cut out sides
• Bending sides
• Installing tail and heel blocks
• Make and install kerfing
• Radius sides
• Fit top and back to sides
• Glue top and back to sides
• Make bindings and purflings
• Install bindings
• Install neck joint


• Laminate neck
• Truss rod slot
• Install headstock veneer

• Blueprint
• Body Mould
• Neck Jig
• headstock Jig
• Carving Jigs
• Tailpiece Jig / Pickguard Jig /
  Bridge Jig
• Neck Joint Jigs
• Laminate Back
• Laminate Top
• Carve outside using template on
  back and top
• Carve inside arc on back and top
• Cut out "F" or sound holes
• Binding of sound holes
• Make and install braces
• Cut out sides
• Bend sides
• Install tail and heel block
• Make and install kerfing
• RFit top and back to sides
• Glue top and back to sides
• Make bindings and purflings
• Install bindings
• Make neck joint / dovetail
• Graduate top and bac


• Cut out neck shape using template
• Truss rod slot
• make and install wings on headstock

  • NOTE: the amount of guitars built will depend on the student's ability and personal work pace.

  • The course you choose will be determined by your long-term goals. and what you wish to accomplish.


We provide Wood and Materials, Hardware is the students responsibility

Back to content | Back to main menu