Guitar Repair & Building

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Electric Guitar Building - Certificate

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Electric Guitar Building - 18 credit Certificate
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0 crs
Guitar Overview Topics
This course covers the identification of guitar parts and materials, adhesives, and abrasives, set-up and adjustments diagnosis, some history of the instruments. This course will also cover elements of the design of an acoustic guitar, concentrating on the design and material choices that affect the sound of the guitar. (Corequisites: concurrent enrollment in GTRB1410 and GTRB1415) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Electric Guitar Set Up, Lab
This course covers the diagnosis, set up, and adjustment of electric guitar action and intonation. This includes diagnosis, truss rod adjustment, nut, bridge, and saddle adjustment and replacement, and bridge replacement. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1400) (Concurrent: GTRB 1414 & GTRB 1425) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
Electric Guitar Design
In this course the student will plan and blueprint an electric guitar or bass using a bolt-on neck design. (Prerequisite: GTRB 1400 and concurrent enrollment in GTRB 1414, GTRB 1415, GTRB 1425) (1 credit: 1 lect/0 lab)

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1 cr
Electric Guitar Construction
In this course the student will design, blueprint, make templates and build an electric guitar. (Prerequisite GTRB 1400, GTRB 1414, GTRB 1415, GTRB 1425, and concurrent enrollment in GTRB 1450) (4 credits: 1 lecture/3 lab)

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4 cr
This course covers fretting techniques used in guitar repair and building. Students will prepare and radius a fingerboard, prepare and install frets. Fret leveling, crowning and polishing is also studied to complete a fret job. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1400 and concurrent enrollment in GTRB 1414, GTRB 1410, and GTRB 1415) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
Introduction to Finishing
This course covers finish touch-up techniques including burn-ins, padding, brushing and graining techniques. Finish application techniques covered will include: hand applied color, hand applied finishes, sunbursts, french padding as well as sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer & shellac. Color theory and color matching will also be practiced. (Prerequisite: GTRB1400) (Concurrent enrollment in GTRB1440 and GTRB1445) (4 credits: 1 lecture/3 lab)

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4 cr
18 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 18

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$3,772
Minimum Tool Cost:$425
Estimated Total:$4,197


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