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I offer 2 classes in Basic Guitar Building (solid body guitar), held on various dates throughout the year.

Guitar Building Class Action Shot

Classes are held on 4 consecutive weekends at my guitar shop in Huntington Beach, CA (the area of 405 fwy and Beach Blvd). We work for 3-4 hours each weekend.

Students will learn basic guitar building techniques using standard shop tools plus some of the more specialized tools common to the lutherie trade.

NOTE: Classes are limited to 3 students per class.


Solid Body Class 1 - Making the Body

Time: Held either on a Saturday or a Sunday morning, 10 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Ellsberry Guitars, Huntington Beach, CA

Description:

We start with a mahogany blank of wood from which we will cut and shape the body. In addition, control cavities will be routed and the neck cavity will be cut to accept the neck. (Students can either take the 2nd class to construct the neck or they can purchase a neck of their own to fit to the body.)

Wiring of the pickup and controls is done, plus a pickguard and bridge are installed to complete the body.

NOTE: we will discuss various paint options, but we will NOT paint the guitar in this class.

Summary:

  • cutting and shaping the body to proper dimensions
  • locating and routing neck pocket and control cavity
  • rounding of endges and sanding of the body
  • wiring the electronics
  • discussion and handouts on options for painting the guitar

 

Solid Body Class 2 - Making the Neck


Time:
Held either on a Saturday or a Sunday morning, 10 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Ellsberry Guitars, Huntington Beach, CA

Description:

This is the follow-on class to the body class. We will use a purchased neck which is only roughly shaped. We'll do final carving, shaping and sanding of the neck, tailored to the preference of the individual player.

The neck comes with frets already installed but we will level (flat file) all the frets, re-crown them and do a final fret polish (this is equivalent to a fret level/re-crown job at a guitar repair shop). Students will install frets on a practice fretboard during class to get the experience of fret installation.

The headstock will be shaped and we will apply a hardwood veneer to the face of the headstock. Tuner holes will be drilled and tuners installed.

Additionally we will create and shape a neck heel (where neck connects to the body) and cut a 2-degree angle at the neck/body join to achieve proper neck angle for optimum action and playability.

Summary:

  • shaping the neck contour using rasps, files and chisels
  • shaping the headstock
  • installing tuners
  • leveling and re-crowning frets
  • hammer frets into a practice fretboard
  • installing neck on the body
  • stringing up of a guitar and doing an overall setup (truss rod, nut and bridge adjustments)

NOTE: we will discuss various paint options, but we will NOT paint the neck in this class.

The completed instrument is a very high-grade Les Paul Junior style guitar, comparable to any high-end custom shop guitar.

 

For more information, contact Jim Ellsberry at (310) 218-2658