Students from all over the world come to Red Wing to learn how to repair, design, and build guitars.
In the one year Guitar Repair and Building program, you will experience hands-on learning as you progress from basic repairs to the step-by-step process of building your own acoustic guitar.
No previous woodworking experience or musical ability is required, but successful students are detail-oriented, highly motivated, and have the ability to sit at a workbench and stay focused on their work all day.
Beginning with the correct use of power and hand tools, you will gain an in-depth understanding of woods, adhesives, and materials related to fretted instruments. You will practice a variety of common repairs, including acoustic and electric guitar set-up, fretwork, finish touch-up, and neck resets.
In preparation for a career in the field, our students learn how to complete repairs in a timely manner with professional quality and accurately estimate the cost of parts, materials, and labor.
Build your own acoustic guitar
In the second semester, students build a flat-top steel string guitar in the Guitar Repair & Building diploma. You will have the opportunity to build a highly personalized instrument. You will select the body style, tone woods, bracing pattern, neck dimension, and headstock shape for your own guitar. You will determine exactly how it looks by choosing the rosette, binding, and other design elements.
Materials for the guitar build cost approximately $450-$900, but it not necessary to spend more than the minimum to build a very high quality, excellent sounding instrument! At the end of the year, the finished instruments are displayed and played in concert by professional musicians at the annual Student Guitar Show.
Our graduates are in high demand, working in music stores, independent repair shops, and instrument manufacturers. Many go on to our second year diploma, Guitar Development and Production.
Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast
For more information, visit www.redwingmusicrepair.org
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