Our Technician Training Programs are designed for working technicians who want to take their craft to the next level, but whose demanding schedules don’t allow for a long training session. It’s also for repairmen or music stores who want to sharpen their skills for better serving their customers. And it’s a great introduction to Lutherie: a way to get a jump-start prior to one of our more advanced classes.

“I’ve carefully laid out these programs to cover the most useful information in two short training sessions. We cover the everyday ins and outs of a guitar’s work… the most-requested, moneymaking repairs.”
- Bryan Galloup

The Technician Training Program is broken into two different parts, Set-Up and Fretting

Technician Training – Set-Up – 16 Hours

Setup and Maintenance

One of the most useful and challenging subjects of the program. Every repair job requires some amount of setup to enhance or maintain top performance.

Topics covered:

  • Electrics
  • Troubleshooting before setup
  • Neck evaluation
  • Truss rod designs
  • Making bone nuts
  • Back-filing nuts and bridges
  • Fitting and replacing intonation saddles
  • Identifying fretboard radius
  • Setting up tremolos and locking nuts
  • Choosing proper string gauge
  • Acoustics
  • Troubleshooting before set-up
  • Fitting bridge pins
  • Replacing and refitting bridge saddles
  • Making bone nuts
  • Identifying fret board radius
  • Choosing proper string gauge
  • How the neck works
  • How the neck affects tone
  • Truss rod operation
  • Martin T-bar truss rods
  • Martin O-beam truss rods
  • Gibson single-action truss rods
  • Imported aluminum U-beam truss rods
  • Double-action truss rods
  • Neck relief and back bow

Technician Training – Fretting – 16 Hours

Fretting

In this segment, we will focus on fretting techniques and procedures. Also you will be introduced to the fret jig, which simulates string tension on an unstrung guitar to allow faster, more accurate fretwork.

Topics covered:

• How to build a fret jig
• Flattening fret boards
• Re-fretting bound fret boards
• Compression fretting
• Hammer-in fretting
• Gluing in frets
• Routing fret slots
• Dressing frets
• Adjusting truss rods
• Repairing loose frets
• Selecting fret wire
• Replacing pearl and plastic inlays
• Truss rod operation
• Double-action truss rods
• Neck relief and back bow
• How the neck works
• How the neck affects tone
• Identifying fretboard radius