The Gold Coast Guitar Making  School



Group bookings of 2+ (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.

Students who attend the Gold Coast Guitar Making School are personally guided through each and every process during the course. There are no pre-prepared or pre-assembled parts and we take the time to demonstrate both traditional and modern methods of acoustic guitar making and  'demystify' some of the secrets of building exceptional handmade guitars!

There are no prior skills required to attend our classes and we limit our class numbers to ensure that our students take home a high quality handmade custom guitar.


Course Details & Instruction

  • Choosing the style of guitar from our selection you wish to custom build
  • No extra charge for cutaway guitar
  • Discussion of addition design options for your guitar (see 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 (all solid woods)
  • 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
  • Routing, bending & fitting of all solid timber bindings
  • 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
  • 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
  • High quality coated strings
  • Included gold or silver Gotoh tuners
  • Nut, saddle and bridge are all Tusq ($60 value)


Optional Extras (additional costs apply)
  • Custom laser cut headstock design
  • finger board binding
  • Upgrading of machine heads
  • Gold fretwire
  • Abalone inlays
  • 12 String Guitar



Course Cost & Inclusions

$3500 (inc GST)

This 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.