The Acoustic Guitar…

The Appalachian School of Luthiery's acoustic guitar gets its DNA from America's very best guitar makers. Combining century-old traditions with a few of our favorite modern design features, these guitars are ready to go to work.


Our course is a fast-paced immersion into the world of the luthier. You quickly become one of the shop guys!

The student will carve his or her own neck, bend sides, build and bind the box, fret and finish the fingerboard. The instructor will demonstrate resawing, milling, fabrication, finishing and setup techniques. We'll show you power tools and jigging, pattern-making and guitar design . . . starting with just a centerline.

Available in slope-shouldered "Dreadnought" or a slightly-smaller "Parlor," the student may choose back and side sets from Black Walnut, Black Locust or Honduras Mahogany. We also have a good supply Tornado-Spalted Curly Maple while it lasts.

Each student will receive a sturdy hardshell case for transport of the finished guitar.  Certificate awarded upon completion. Ten day (2 week) course

The Instrument


•Kentucky Black Walnut, Black Locust or Honduras Mahogany back and sides

•Sitka Spruce top with Walnut or Black Locust top binding and BWB purfling

•Herringbone Rosette

•Kentucky Black Walnut or Honduras Mahogany neck

•Mortise-and-tenon hanger-bolted neck

•Solid Headstock with nickel "Butterbean" Grover Sta-Tite tuners

•Indian Rosewood or Black Locust fingerboard and bridge

•Bone bridge pins with abalone dots

•Fine abalone dot fingerboard inlays

•Abalone side dots

•Bone nut and saddle

The Finish

We'll teach you how to apply the sealer coats of our own wiping shellac, and furnish you with enough flakes to finish the job at home, along with instruction for several viable finishing solutions.

Tuition: $2,800 including all materials and hardshell case
$500 deposit required
(10 days studio time - More than 8 hours per day and a bit of woodworking experience will be required for the project to arrive at "string-up" on the second Friday.)

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