SHORT-TERM TRAINING

One Week Intensives

Short-term training covers subjects that are in high demand and structured to be taken one at a time or combined into two or three week sessions. These classes are ideal for those with limited time or as a primer for incoming long term students.

Short term training is what my school was founded on, and now that our shop expansion is complete I’m thrilled to once again be able to offer these one week intensives.

-Bryan-

Fretting

In order to be proficient at fretting, there are many options you need to know in order to tackle every job that comes across your bench. We’ve designed this session to not only teach you how to do a fret job, but to learn all of the fretting options available today.

Topics Covered: fret jig operation fret removal prepping fret slots fret wire selection prepping fret wire compression fretting press fretting hammer fretting gluing in frets fretting un-bound boards fretting bound boards fretting maple boards inlay issues fret dressing hand-polishing frets buffing frets

Fretwork is the backbone of every guitar shop. Any seasoned luthier will tell you, “if you want to make it in lutherie get your fretting chops down”.

-Bryan-

Fretting Classes

Price: $2500

Lodging: Free of charge

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 training hours. Materials and tools are included, but for those who would like to purchase tools to own, we do offer that service. Lodging is offered free-of-charge with a hot complimentary breakfast for all short-term training students. 

Call for scheduling and availability 

Guitar Setup

Every repair job requires some amount of setup to enhance or maintain top performance. During this intensive, students learn essential skills to take their setups to the next level.

Topics covered: guitar evaluation truss rod operations acoustic guitar issues fret board radius scale lengths prepping a nut slot making a bone nut prepping a saddle slot making a bone saddle acoustic guitar challenges electric challenges electric guitar challenges electric guitar bridge setup tremolo setup floating tremolo setup- pickup height adjustment- intonation

Every guitar that comes across your bench will need a setup no matter what. They are in your future and you need to be great at them!

-Bryan-

Set Up Classes

Price: $2500

Lodging: Free of charge

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 training hours. Materials and tools are included, but for those who would like to purchase tools to own, we do offer that service. Lodging is offered free-of-charge with a hot complimentary breakfast for all short-term training students. 

Call for scheduling and availability 

Structural Repairs

Many repair people acquired their skills on electrics but have neglected the acoustic market. This class focuses on acoustic guitars and their unique challenges.

Topics covered: guitar evaluation humidity issues vintage neck resets modern neck resets bridge re-glues crack repairs brace re-glues bridge plate repairs bridge repairs binding issues bolt-on neck repairs broken peg heads

Not every repair person moves to this level, but if you do it will make a difference with your cash flow.

-Bryan-

Repairs Classes 

Price: $2500

Lodging: Free of charge

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 training hours. Materials and tools are included, but for those who would like to purchase tools to own, we do offer that service. Lodging is offered free-of-charge with a hot complimentary breakfast for all short-term training students. 

Call for scheduling and availability 

Finishing

Finishing is one of the hardest topics in Lutherie, and learning the procedures is the key to success. We will cover finishes from vintage style to modern UV finishes to make sure you have a well-rounded introduction to musical instrument finishing.

Topics covered; types of finishes instrument prepping finish systems spray systems spray gun options spray booth options finish restrictions color options metal flake finishing custom colors transparent colors translucent colors solid colors sanding sealers sealants sanding finishes wet sanding finishes buffing

Finishing is one of those issues that if you don’t know the procedures things will not go well. But once you learn the ins-and-outs it can be a lot of fun.

-Bryan_

Finishing Classes

Price: $2500

Lodging: Free of charge

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 training hours. Materials and tools are included, but for those who would like to purchase tools to own, we do offer that service. Lodging is offered free-of-charge with a hot complimentary breakfast for all short-term training students. 

Call for scheduling and availability 

CNC Classes

A CNC router can be one of the most powerful tools in your shop once you understand the basics. Our CNC classes are designed to walk students through the topics making them easy to understand and execute.

Topics covered; type of machines available software drawing in CAD designing parts designing vacuum jigs transferring to G code machine operations types of cutters cutter speeds cutting parts

Becoming a skilled CNC operator will prove to be a money maker at every level and if you become proficient, you will be in high demand.

-Bryan-

CNC Classes

Price: $2500

Lodging: Free of charge

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 training hours. Materials and tools are included, but for those who would like to purchase tools to own, we do offer that service. Lodging is offered free-of-charge with a hot complimentary breakfast for all short-term training students. 

Call for scheduling and availability 

Electric Guitar Primer

The lessons covered are the most important everyday topics that will come across your workbench. Along with basic electronics, assembly and set-up skills, you will get your first introduction to spraying, wet sanding and buffing guitars style finishes.

Topics covered: intro to CNC – finish sanding – masking techniques – prepping for finish – applying colors – finishing – buffing – assembly – electronics – bone nut – set up – final buff and polish


This is an incredible short term class we offer six times a year. If you couple this class with our fretting or set up classes, it’s a great way hone you skills in a short term setting.

-Bryan-

Guitar Making

Price: $2500

Lodging: Free of charge

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 training hours. Materials and tools are included, but for those who would like to purchase tools to own, we do offer that service. Lodging is offered free-of-charge with a hot complimentary breakfast for all short-term training students. 

Call for scheduling and availability.