Guitar Repair & Building

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Guitar Repair and Building - Diploma

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

Guitar Repair and Building - 39 credit Diploma
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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
 
5 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
GTRB1400
Introduction to Tools
This course covers hand tool preparation and use, and power tool safety, set up, adjustment and use. Time is spent on tool preparation and sharpening and some tools are made. Accurate measuring, marking and shaping using hand and power tools is practiced. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
GTRB1410
Acoustic Guitar Set-up, Lab
This course covers the diagnosis, set up, and adjustment of acoustic guitar action and intonation. This includes diagnosis, truss rod adjustment, nut and saddle adjustment and replacement, and bridge regluing and replacement. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1400) (Concurrent: GTRB 1414) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
GTRB1414
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
GTRB1415
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
GTRB1420
Acoustic Guitar Neck Resets
This course covers diagnosing and performing neck resets on acoustic guitars. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1400) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
GTRB1425
Fretwork
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
GTRB1440
Acoustic Guitar Construction Lecture
This course will cover the steps in building a flattop acoustic guitar, either steel string or classical. (Prerequisites: GTRB1400, GTRB1410, GTRB1414, GTRB1420, GTRB1425, GTRB1430 and concurrent enrollment in GTRB1445 and GTRB1450) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
GTRB1445
Acoustic Guitar Construction Lab
In this course the student will make the mold, templates, workboard, and an acoustic guitar, either steel string or classical. (Prerequisites: GTRB1400, GTRB1410, GTRB1414, GTRB1420, GTRB1425, GTRB1430, and concurrent enrollment in GTRB1440 and GTRB1450) (6 credits: 0 lecture/6 lab)

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6 cr
GTRB1450
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
GTRB1455
Guitar Repairs
This course covers a variety of repair work including structural crack repair & headstock breaks. General shop repairs will be discussed and students will estimate time and pricing for all repairs on actual instruments. Students will also keep track of time spent on task each class day. Course work will be divided roughly 50/50 between assigned projects and repair work on instruments to achieve the required amount of points. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1400, GTRB 1410, GTRB 1414, GTRB 1415, GTRB 1425) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
 
34 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 39


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$8,173
Minimum Tool Cost:$3,225
Books/Supplies:$145
Estimated Total:$11,543
 

 



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