Electric Guitar Building Course

10 Week Electric Guitar Building Course

Saturdays from 2 – 6 pm

Starting September 28, 2019 — 4 students max per class cycle 

The price of this class is $75 per person per class for 10 weeks for a total of $750. The materials needed cost $1000 You will walk out of this class with a fully functional electric guitar. I am looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with you. If you would like to sign up or if you have any questions at all please contact me Nick Lacroix on Slack, at [email protected],on instagram @zoovguitars or just give me a call or text at 603-851-4687. 

What do I need to supply? 

Nothing! Bring yourself, and a desire to build!! Everything is included in the price. 

What do I get? 

All timbers for the body and neck, hardware, pickups, electronics. Access to machinery, jigs, templates and tools. There are no pre-made bodies or necks… you will build, machine, carve, sand, and shape your own body and neck from scratch under my guidance and tuition. 

How long is each day? 

Class starts at 2pm every Saturday and goes until roughly 6pm. 

Which type of guitars are being built? 

Basically, a “set neck” style instrument. An example of a set neck style build is the Gibson Les Paul. There are 2 main guitar designs to choose from: The Turn which is a Telecaster style single cut shape and the Razz which is more of a stratocaster style double cut shape. The neck will be a single piece neck, with a laid back (angled), headstock. 

I don’t have any experience in woodworking, is that ok? 

YES! I have designed the course so you do not need to know anything about woodworking. Your safety equipment is provided, as are all machines, power tools, and hand tools. You can still build something that you’ll be proud of, even if you’ve never powered up a router before. 

Which type of finish are we using? 

Because lacquering can very easily consume a lot of time, the finish supplied will be a curable oil based finish. This provides a very protective semi gloss/satin finish. 

Do we learn how to create plans, etc? 

Yes. You will learn how to draw up plans from scratch, and you will use these plans to build your guitar. We’ll start from a blank piece of paper, and work from there. 

Are all the parts high quality? 

Yes you will be using all the same top of the food chain parts that I use in all my guitars. No corners will be cut when it comes to the quality of the supplies we will use. 

What types of wood are being used? 

For the body we will be using 2 pieces of either Walnut or Mahogany. For the necks and fretboards we will be using carefully selected Quartersawn Wenge. As this is not meant for advanced students I like to keep things simple from a wood choices point of view. Once you get this first course under your belt you will have the skills necessary to experiment with various other hardwoods. 

What if I don’t feel confident in doing certain parts, for example, the neck shape? 

No problem. Whilst the aim of this course is to get you started in guitar making, some aspects can be a little daunting for a beginner. If I see you getting into trouble, or lacking confidence about one aspect or another, I can assist you. I understand some parts of guitar making are scary, eg: using a bandsaw, or shaping the neck. You’ll be encouraged to do it yourself, I look over your shoulder and guide you in the right direction. If you still don’t feel confident, I can complete that section for you as you watch. With the right guidance and safety precautions daunting and sometimes scary tasks can prove to be quite safe and simple. 

Ok, what’s the bottom line… HOW MUCH? 

The price of the class is $1750. The way this breaks down is $1000 is for supplies. The class itself is $75 per class per person for 10 weeks. Any extra classes needed are on me. 

There are also a handful of free perks that I provide for my students. Everyone receives a slotted straight edge and a Fret Rocker tool. As well as a copy of my new how to build electric guitars book. This book will act as a syllabus for the class as well as a reference for you when class is over.