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Acoustic Guitar Making Course

Instruction by Master Luthier - Chris Wynne

Australia's only Luthier School using 100% Australian Tonewoods

From the novice woodworker to the experienced builder, our acoustic guitar building courses allows students to choose from a wide range of acoustic guitar types and designs, including:


Classical (nylon string), Flamenco (nylon string), Steel String, OOO, OO, Dreadnaught, Jumbo, 12 String, Acoustic Bass, Left Handed plus stylish timber or paua shell rosette inlays plus Chris Wynne's own CA MODEL (Small bodied Acoustic)


Our very popular Acoustic Guitar Making Course may be taken over an intensive two week period or alternatively, over a more relaxed ten week period consisting of one class per week. Both courses consist of a total of around 80 hours.


Our Luthier Course is a more extended course of study which may be taken over an intensive five week period or over a twelve week period consisting of two classes per week, for a total of 240 hours.


We use ᅠAAA grade solid Australian Tonewoods exclusively, including:

King William (Billy) Pine, Bunya Pine,ᅠ Huon Pine, Tasmanianᅠ& Victorian Fiddleback Blackwood, Cooba (Native Willow), Western Australian Sheaok, Tasmanian ᅠBlackheart Sassafras, Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle, Tasmanian Myrtle, Queensland Maple, Jarrah, Gidgee, Mulgaᅠ& Queensland Kauri Pine.


Your investment of time and money at Thomas Lloyd Guitars will ensure you come away with a beautiful hand crafted instrument.


* Minimum enrolment age is 15 years

Acoustic Guitar Making Course Overview

Pricing & Terms

Duration: 80 hours of instruction (1 day a week for 10 weeks  8 hr days)

Students complete very step of the building process themselves, this is not a preprepared kit.

Students take home a custom acoustic guitar with solid body guitar case (valued at $180)

We provide personalised guidance by limiting our classes to a maximum of six students

All necessary tools and protective equipment are provided

Previous experience in wood work and machine handling is an advantage but not required

Students also learn how and why various Australian timbers work for guitar construction

Course Fees

Includes all materials and accessories, tonewoods, machine heads, rosette, truss rod, nut, saddle, fret dots, strings & solid guitar case.


$3,800,00 AUD 10 week course

$3,800,00 AUD 2 week course

Before Course Customisation

Payment Terms

Deciding the style of guitar you wish to custom build

Hand selecting your tonewoods from our fine range of AAA Grade

Australian timbers from our wood store

Discussion of additional design options for your guitar

Course: $500.00 deposit


Final payment $3,300.00 Due at the start of course.



Instruction ᅠ& Guidance During Building

Bending the guitar sides

Creating the soundboard, rosette and guitar back

Shaping the soundboard and back bracing

Fitting and gluing the top, back and sides

Creating and fitting the guitar neck (with a full dovetail joint,

NO bolt on or pre-made necks are used)

Custom shaping the guitar neck to suit your personal playing requirements

Fitting the frets to your desired scale length

Building your custom design bridge and headstock they way you want it

Final sanding and finishing

Natural Danish oil finish with a wax polish

Setting up your guitar for optimal playability

$80 Paua Shell Rosette Inlay & or Extensive inlays

$500 Cutaway Guitar

Master Class in Guitar Making

Our new master class in guitar making is a course designed to work one on one with Master Luthier Chris Wynne. The course takes you through hand crafting a custom master grade guitar using the techniques and tools as the great masters did from the 20's and 30's.  Students will experience the true art of hand crafting an acoustic or classical guitar. You will be working from Chris's own private studio.

16 days of  full time instruction

Complete one instrument of your own style and design choice (with case)

Hand-select your AAA grade solid Australian tonewoods

Guidance in advanced building techniques

The art of guitar inlay (no other course offers this)

Learn the techniques required to French Polish

Guidance on setting up your own home workshop.

There is no other course in Australia like it!

Pricing & Terms

Course Fees

Includes all materials, tonewoods, accessories & Discount to our Australian wood packs.


$6,500.00 AUD   16 days of  full time instruction


Payment Terms

16 day course $1,000.00 deposit


Final payment $ 5,500.00 at start of course.


Australian Tonewood Selections

We use hand selected AA or AAA Grade timbers for our School of Acoustic Guitar Making and Custom Shop.


Our Australian Timber Suppliers have a wealth of industry knowledge and salvage timbers from reputable sources all over Australia. That industry knowledge leads to a high level of discernment when selecting the right timber for Acoustic Guitar Making.


Our primary business is the school and custom building Australian timber guitars for clients all over the World. We supply Australian timber to our students who wish to continue on with the acoustic guitar making journey whilst using our "Master Class In Acoustic Guitar Making DVD Collection" and budding luthiers who may not have done aᅠ course with us.


We hold boutique supplies of unique hand selected acoustic guitar making timber and are happy to supply these to you. As the timbers we select are in small quantities we are unable to show you the exact picture of the timber you will receive when ordering through us. We base your ordering on the communication between your self and Chris Wynne when discussing your build options and design styles.

Current Australian timber options


Tasmanian King William (Billy) Pine

Queensland Bunya Pine

Tasmanian Huon Pine

Hoop Pine

Kauri Pine

Back & Sides

Cooba (Native Willow)

Tasmanian Fiddleback Blackwood

Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras

Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle



Queensland Maple

Queensland Red Cedar

Bridge & Fretboard

Queensland Gidgee

Queensland Mulga

Leopard Wood

We can also supply various timbers for Bindings,

Headstock Veneers, Back Strip &ᅠ Rosette Features