GUITAR building instruction and stringed instrument making classes by john ressler
Although John Ressler does most of his guitar building instruction at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, he also offers individual guitar building instructions and occasional group classes at his workshop in Sandwich, Illinois. Please contact us if you are interested any of the guitar building instructions or classes offered.
The following guitar building classes are offered at Marc Adams School of woodworking. Please visit www.marcadams.com for class dates and availability.
MAKING AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR WITH JOHN RESSLER
Building your own guitar can be one of the most rewarding crafts. It consists of precise joinery, creativity and music all in one package! In this 6 day class, you will be guided through all the critical elements of making an acoustic steel string guitar. You will learn the start-to-finish process of the craft and art of musical instrument construction If you ever wanted to make a guitar, this class will be the chance of a lifetime. The hours are long, the challenge is great, but the satisfaction will be tremendous and will create “sound” memories that will last a lifetime.
I made my first guitar in 2005, with John being one of the assistant instructors in a class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Since that time I have taken classes from him as the instructor, as well as assisted him several times. Whether taking a class or assisting, each time I learn more, and become more comfortable in the process. I am really looking forward to a new class in guitar building methods, which should further improve my luthier techniques. He is a gifted teacher, a fine luthier, and a friend.
Andre - Missouri
GUITAR MAKING METHODS: MASTERING MELODY
Whether you are new to instrument building, an experienced builder or just want to understand how and why an acoustic guitar works, this class is a rare opportunity to learn guitar methods that are typically only learned through a hard-to-come-by luthier apprenticeship. John will break down his methods of making guitar parts and jigs / fixtures from lay out to making them from raw lumber. You will come away with most of the wood parts to build your own guitar or to use in the Acoustical Guitar Building class, as well as a variety of jigs/fixtures to jump start you in future instrument building.
A Pickin’ Stick is one of the simplest stringed instruments to build and play. It is an ideal project for someone who wants to learn to build or play stringed instruments, even if you think you can’t. There are no wrong notes or complex finger arrangements. Any string you play will sound good! This project is a great introduction to stringed instrument building. Each student will go away with a completed fully playable instrument.
MAKING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH JOHN RESSLER
John will guide you through the steps of
building your own solid body electric guitar. The instrument
for this class will be a Stratocastor ® inspired model with
humbucking pickups, and non tremolo bridge. You will learn the
process of electric guitar building from design to finish. You will
design and cut out your own guitar body, hand carve your guitar
neck, and learn to fret a guitar. The guitar set up procedures
learned in this class will provide you the ability to set up any
guitar for the best playability and sound. By the end of the
week, you will have completed your own handcrafted electric guitar
that is strung and fully playable.
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