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Courses 2022-05-11T21:41:57+00:00

Guitar Making Course

The Spanish guitar making course offers a small group of 3 students the opportunity to build a classical or a flamenco guitar using traditional construction techniques. This will  include building with a Solera mould, the Spanish neck/body join and bracing systems and making a rosette to your own design, as well as learning specific techniques to be able to use the required tools.

As part of the course I will be delivering short seminars that include: different styles of construction, construction methods, selecting timbers, sharpening tools and varnishing techniques. The seminars are casual in nature and give the students an opportunity to ask questions and get a deeper understanding of how to make a Spanish guitar. Having only 3 students allow me to teach to a very high standard, insuring that each student has the appropriate attention throughout the course.

If you are unable to attend one of my courses in Spain, you might like to look at my online course which will enable you to build your own guitar from your own home. You can find all the information you will need here.

Dates for 2022

5th to 30th September.  Course full
17th October to 11th November.  Course full.

Dates for 2023

6th to 31st March.  Places available.
17th April to 12th May.  Places available.
4th to 29th September.  Places available.
16th October to 10th November.  Places available.
The cost of the small group guitar making course is €4000 which includes materials, but not accommodation.

An initial deposit of €600 will be required to secure a place on the course.

A second payment of €1400 is to be paid 2 months prior to the beginning of the course.

The final payment of €2000 will be paid at the beginning of the course.

The course runs for 4 weeks and in that time the student will build a classical or a flamenco guitar from scratch using only raw materials without using pre-fabricated components. In that time the guitar will be completed and ready to take home with a basic coat of varnish that is adequate for the guitar to be played.

The materials that are provided in the course are:

For a Classical Guitar:

  • Indian rosewood back and sides, bridge and head plate
  • German spruce or cedar for the soundboard
  • Cedrela for the neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Fusteros machine heads or similar
  • Hard case

For a Flamenco Guitar:

  • Cypress or Indian rosewood back and sides
  • German spruce or cedar for the soundboard
  • Cedrela for the neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Fusteros machine heads or similar
  • Hard case

Other timbers could be supplied if required (this may incur an additional cost)

The workshop is situated in the town of La Cala del Moral, just outside Malaga, 15 minutes from the airport.

Accommodation is very easy to find in the local area as well as in the city of Malaga and public transport provides easy access.

The best way to find places to stay is via the internet, but please feel free to contact me for assistance with this.

To enrole please send an e-mail through the contact page with your details explaining what type of guitar you would like to build. Following that we will arrange to speak over the phone at a convenient time to establish if this course is suitable for you and discuss any particular details that you might need to know.