The Gold Coast Guitar Making  School



  • OCT/NOV 30th Oct - 11th Nov 2017


  • FEBRUARY 12th - 24th 2018
  • JULY 2nd - 14th 2018 (3 places left)
  • more dates to be released later in 2017
  • Group bookings (Ring to book, we can arrange dates to suit your needs)

Duration: 100 hours of instruction over 2 weeks straight - 8 hr days (Monday to Saturday)

Numbers are limited to allow students to get the individual time with Luthier Aaron Fenech, and ensures you take home a high quality handmade custom guitar. Extra hours are included in this course to enable a more relaxed experience and to cover tailored lectures/demonstrations on acoustic guitar making.

Instruction & Guidance

During the Course
  • Choosing the style of guitar you wish to custom build
  • Discussion of addition design options for your guitar (optional extras)
  • Hand selecting your tonewoods from our range of high quality and unique AAA grade timbers
  • Guitar design and bracing patterns based on playing preferences & acoustic principles
  • Bending the back and sides of the guitar
  • Joining and bracing a sound board and back (all solid woods)
  • Creating your own custom sound hole rosette
  • Fitting and gluing the top, back and sides
  • Making all internal and external parts from rough stock by hand
  • Building, shaping and carving your neck to suit your playing needs
  • Cutting and fitting the neck-to-body joint
  • Creating your own custom design bridge and headstock
  • Making and slotting the fingerboard
  • Installing and dressing frets
  • Finishing materials and techniques such as natural Danish oil finish; (optional lacquer finish, wet-sanding, buffing and polishing)
  • Final assembly and set-up to critical specifications for superior playability
  • Use of all power and hand tools; how to maintain them and work with them safely



$3500 (Includes tuition, all materials, tonewoods, machine heads, rosette, truss rod, nut, saddle, fret dots and strings & hardcase.)

If you would like to attend this course and want to find out more, please contact
Aaron on 0422 116 500 or fill in the on line form here.