Luthier class - electric guitar

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Luthier class - electric guitar

Postby swinkdaddy » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:26 am

I am trying to gauge interest in the TC Maker community for a basic luthier (build stringed instrument) class. I am looking at a 4 night class/workshop over 4 weeks.

Week one
intro
Design considerations
Parts - Hardware.
How those parts affect the design.
wood choices (tone/weight)

Shop Time:
How to make a blank

Homework:
Go get some wood (younblood/rockler)
glue said wood together
(note 13" is max for my planer)

Week two
Parts part 2 - pickups/electronics
Shaping considerations

Shop Time
Planer work (I'll bring in the 13" planer to work with)
Cutting out shape
Sanding

Homework:
Quality time with bandsaw and sanders

Week Three
Neck considerations (we will purchase neck blanks for this build)
Pickup and control shapes
Bridge considerations (tremelos, fixed, wrap around, pinned, tele)
How to measure where everything goes
Finishing options

Shop Time
Routing

Homework
Route pickups
Route neck
Route control cavity
Install bridge

Week Four
Making it all come together

Shop Time
Wiring electronics
Stringing
Basic adjustments
Tuning

Due to the nature of needing to use the shop for most of the class I am planning on everyone in the class either needs to be a member or purchase a one month membership to use the shop for the class. also note that the supply costs for this workshop will depend on the wood, pickups, neck, and hardware costs you choose, but expect that building your own custom guitar to cost about $300-$400.

Offical date is Monday Nights May 7-28th
Member - $40
Non Member - $95 ($40 for class plus $55 for 1 month shop membership)
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Luthier class - electric guitar

Postby contortpiezo » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:57 am

I really like this idea. This is an excellent class to have. The price is a little rich for my blood but I would definitely be interested if I could scrape up the cash
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Re: Luthier class - electric guitar

Postby swinkdaddy » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:54 am

Ok, the dates work out. So lets plan on May for the class. Gonna limit the class to 4, but I dont see it filling up due the basic costs involved. Sign up with me via PM or in person at the minne-maker faire. I'm showing the guitar I am currently working on.
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Re: Luthier class - electric guitar

Postby paulsobczak » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:59 pm

Agreed, this looks awesome.

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Re: Luthier class - electric guitar

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