This evening course is for those who wish to make or restore a fretted stringed instrument, such as an acoustic or electric guitar, bass guitar or mandolin. The choice of project is, within reason, up to the student, with guidance from the tutor. Obviously the more complex a project is, the longer it will take. The overall time depends on the amount of work that can be done outside of the lessons themselves. Some choices will require more than one year to complete.


Materials and plans, except workshop consumables, are sourced and paid for by the student. All tools, within reason, are provided but students are encouraged to source, use and maintain their own.


Is done informally as a natural part of the course. The project itself is a permanent record of progress but students are encouraged to keep notes and photos on the design and building process.

Entry Requirements

A desire to produce an instrument and a small dose of common sense are all that are required. No previous workshop experience is necessary. Knowledge of woodworking, engineering or certain other craft skills may help but are not essential.

Next Steps

You can further your knowledge by taking another course at the College.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.