Guitar Repair & Building

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Guitar Development and Production - Diploma

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

Guitar Development and Production - 39 credit Diploma
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It is recommended that this diploma be taken after completion of Guitar Repair and Building.

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
Guitar Repair Shop
This course covers more advanced fretted instrument repairs such as neck and headstock crack, top, back, side, and brace crack repairs, splines, patches, fretwork on non-adjustable necks, and neck resets. Bridge plate removal and techniques for flattening acoustic tops will also be discussed. Completing basic set ups and repairs in a timely manner with professional quality, estimating parts, materials and labor will also be practiced. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1440, GTRB 1445, GTRB 1450, GTRB 1455) (4 credits: 1 lecture/3 lab)

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4 cr
Guitar Special Topics
This class will be a 2-day workshop. It will provide an opportunity for 2nd year students to learn advanced techniques in repair, and or, building from one of the top professionals working in our field today. This will frequently be a past graduate and will also give the students a chance to learn from another source about the realities of going out into the workforce after graduation. (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Computer Drafting for Guitar
This course introduces Rhino 4.0 design software where students will design the outline for their instrument body, headstock, bridge and other design elements. Necessary drawings for templates and molds will also be created for use in GTRB 2420 using Rhino drafting software. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1440, GTRB 1445, GTRB 1450, GTRB 1455; Concurrent enrollment in GTRB 2420) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CNC for Guitar
This course will focus on the use of a three-axis CNC router and Desk CNC CAM/controller software to aid in the creations of the 2d and 3d models created in GTRB2415. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1440, GTRB 1445, GTRB 1450; Concurrent enrollment in GTRB 2415) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
Archtop Guitar/Mandolin Construction
In this class the student will make a carved top and back archtop guitar or an F model mandolin. (Prerequisites: GTRB1440, GTRB 1445, GTRB 1450. Concurrent enrollment in GTRB 2415, GTRB 2420) (6 credits: 2 lecture/4 lab)

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6 cr
Advanced Construction Project
In this course the student will build the guitar they have designed and made templates and molds for in GTRB 2410, 2415, & 2420. Time management and proglem solving will be crucial skills used and developed in this course. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1440, GTRB 1445, GTRB 1450, GTRB 2400, GTRB 2410, GTRB 2415 GTRB 2420; Concurrent enrollment in GTRB 2435) (9 credits: 2 lecture/7 lab)

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9 cr
Advanced Guitar Finishing
This course covers the use of new technology coatings such as waterborne, two-component and UV conversion finishes. Additional techniques using nitrocellulose lacquer will also be covered. Metallic finishes will also be used for applying gold top and colored metallic finishes. Touch up techniques will be practiced. Final sanding and polishing all types of film finishes will be practiced. Refinishing methods and materials will also be discussed. (Prerequisites: GTRB 1450, GTRB 2415, GTRB 2420, GTRB 2425; Concurrent enrollment in GTRB 2430 ) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
Archtop/Mandolin Construction II
This is the Spring Semester continuation of GTRB2425. (Prerequisites: GTRB2425) (5 credits: 1 lecture/4 lab)

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5 cr
34 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 39

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$8,173
Minimum Tool Cost:$1,870
Estimated Total:$10,063


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