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
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 at Montsalvat.
$3,800,00 AUD 2 week course at Montsalvat & Daylesford
Before Course Customisation
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 in the grounds of Montsalvat, Eltham.
3 weeks 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
Includes all materials, tonewoods, accessories & Discount to our Australian wood packs.
$6,500.00 AUD 3 weeks at Montsalvat.
3 week 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
Back & Sides
Cooba (Native Willow)
Tasmanian Fiddleback Blackwood
Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras
Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle
Queensland Red Cedar
Bridge & Fretboard
We can also supply various timbers for Bindings,
Headstock Veneers, Back Strip &ﾠ Rosette Features