I’ve just completed the 2 week intensive guitar making course (actually managed to get it done a bit quicker than that) and wanted to pass on my thoughts. I had seen Fenech Guitars on Instagram, liked their posts and knew that Aaron also ran a guitar making school. I thought what a great experience it could be and, I knew, by the photos, that I would at least come home with a great looking guitar that would be a conversation piece. I had no idea that I would come away with such an amazing sounding instrument. Aaron is a great bloke and a great teacher who is patient, studious, and knowledgeable. He varies the amount of input, theory and assistance he offers depending on your skill level and interest level (some people might not want to know the history of soundboard bracing or sound wave interference theory or the tonal responses of different timbers– I did!) and everything we did was carried out at a relaxed steady pace without any pressure. Nothing seems to fluster him either – there were some, ahem, minor mistakes but it was never an issue. Aaron seems to have seen them all before! The workshop is a great place to be with people dropping in at any time just to say hi, have a coffee (or a beer at the end of the day) or to just jam with their guitars or Aaron’s. It is set just back from the beach, a beautiful area, with restaurants, bars, cafes and a market next door that features live music, food trucks and bars a couple of nights a week. I particularly enjoyed Friday and Saturday when there were other students attending one day a week classes and getting to see their myriad design ideas, choices and workmanship. Really spectacular looking guitars and a great bunch of people. (and, just to let you know, not all actually play guitar!) I made an OM sized guitar with Blackwood back, sides and neck and with a Quondong face or soundboard. It sounds great. It actually sounds better than my trusted Maton ECW80C that I have lovingly worn in over 8 years. The tonal response is simply much broader and it has better sustain. The guitar is perfect and will only get better. And it looks spectacular. I can’t rate this experience highly enough. Aaron and Stacey have created a bucketlist item that I have now ticked. That is, until I go back to make that Rosewood ¾ sized guitar or maybe that semi-acoustic. Hmm…

    thumb Luke Smith
    9/16/2017