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Guitar Build Class

  • 6 May 2023
  • 27 May 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • 6 May 2023, 10:00 AM 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • 13 May 2023, 10:00 AM 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • 20 May 2023, 10:00 AM 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • 27 May 2023, 10:00 AM 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • Roswell Firelabs, 1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell GA 30076
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10:00AM - 05:30PM:  Guitar Build Class

Your course will begin with choosing one of our archetypal designs and build a flat-top guitar from raw wood to completion, with your choice of wood, hardware (as available), and pickup configuration.

We encourage you to use something like the T-style as a design reference for your build; Flat top, flat headstock, bolt-on with a hardtail bridge. Inlays should be restricted to nothing at all or simple dot inlays, the position and size of which can of course be modified. Specs such as pickups or controls can be changed without a problem.

Time constraints mean that custom designs are not available on this course. Things like inlay or body carves are similarly restricted in order to ensure that everyone is able to complete their instrument within the timeframe.

This Course Itinerary:

Day One – Welcome and Orientation. Starting on the neck and fingerboard. Start body shaping.

Day Two – Carving the neck. Prepping the fingerboard for frets, fretwork and a neck pocket

Day Three – Routing body cavities and Drilling holes for electronics etc. Fine Sanding. Flash coat.

Day Four – Wiring. Assembly. Set-up. Play!

We go over tool use, joinery, routing, neck carving, fretwork, dot inlays, neck angles, bridge placement, fine sanding, assembly, set-up, and the myriad of other skills that go into building a guitar.

Learn these skills in a fully outfitted workshop with guidance through each and every process. By the end of your course you will leave with not just a finished instrument, but all the knowledge needed to start your own journey into the art of lutherie.

Timbers and hardware are available with the course. You may, however, choose to bring your own materials and hardware if you wish. Please email and to confirm that you will be bringing the correct materials.

This 4 Day Course entails 7.5 hours a day with breaks. Your day with us will begin at 10 am with coffee/tea and lunch breaks, and end at 5:30 pm. We encourage students arrive 15 minutes before the day starts to get some tea or coffee before the busy day ahead.

There are many local shops and restaurants nearby, the shop also offers a refrigerator and microwave if students wish to bring their own food.

Please get in touch attention Mike for more information and to let us know how we can help you be the best guitar maker you can be.

Class Schedule :

5/6 - 10a-5:30p

5/13 - 10a-5:30p

5/20 - 10a-5:30p

5/27 - 10a-5:30p

Event Duration: PT8H

Start Date: 05/06/2023 10:00 AM

Roswell Firelabs
1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd

Roswell, GA 30076

Roswell FireLabs is managed by Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc., a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

By participating in any activities at the Roswell Firelabs, you acknowledge and agree to the following terms:

    • I am aware and understand that some activities conducted at Roswell Firelabs are inherently dangerous and involve risk of injury, death, or property damage.

    • I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the activities and/or facilities operated by the organization, and agree to accept all risks.

    • I acknowledge all training, safety, and general policies and procedures ratified by the organization, and pledge to abide by them.

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    • Additionally, I agree to hold the organization and the City of Roswell harmless against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs, or expenses of whatever kind arising from any claim of a third party related to activities and/or facilities operated by Roswell Firelabs / Atlanta Maker Alliance.

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    • I certify that I am either a legal adult (18 years old), or will be accompanied by a legal chaperone/guardian capable of consenting to this LIABILITY DISCLAIMER on my behalf.  If I falsify my age (either on my own or through someone on my behalf), I acknowledge that this is not the fault, liability, or responsibility of Roswell Firelabs/Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc., and the terms of this LIABILITY DISCLAIMER still apply.

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