Students from all over the world come to Red Wing to learn how to repair, design, and build guitars.
The Guitar Development and Production diploma takes lutherie to a higher level of challenge. The program is designed for students who have successfully completed Guitar Repair and Building.
In Guitar Development and Production, you will take on more complex projects involving archtop construction, intricate inlay, and advanced finishing. You’ll also gain experience in more demanding repair work, such as fixing broken headstocks, using patches and splines, bridge plate removal, and techniques for flattening acoustic tops.
Successful students are detail-oriented, highly motivated, and have the ability to sit at a workbench and stay focused on their work all day.
Design and build your own instruments
Students in Guitar Development & Production learn how to use CAD (computer aided design) software and CAM (computer aided machining) to create custom instrument body, headstock, bridges, and other instrument components.
Students build at least two instruments over the course of the year. All students construct either an archtop guitar or an A-model mandolin. In addition, students build a custom instrument of their own design, selecting the body style, tone woods, bracing pattern, neck dimension, headstock shape, rosette, binding, inlay, and other elements. This is an opportunity for students to express their highest level of craftsmanship and creativity!
Optionally students will complete additional projects during Guitar Development and Production. At the end of the year, first- and second-year student 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 start their own businesses in guitar repair and building.
Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast
For more information, visit www.redwingmusicrepair.org
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