This course starts you on the road for skills needed to make a guitar, including different construction methods and different styles of instrument. The course may include visits to auctions, museums, and instrument collections to help build up your knowledge on the development and history of guitars.

Topics include:

  • Woodwork skills and theory
  • Making a ukelele
  • Selection of timber for sound
  • Guitar bracing patterns
  • Basic metalwork and how to make small tools
  • Selecting and maintaining tools.


There is a materials fee to cover the timber used for your first instrument. You might want to buy your own tools to help you practise and develop at home. Talk to a tutor for more information about this.


The tutor will give you feedback throughout your course.

Entry Requirements

None, though you'll need a sufficient level of English to understand as the tutor explains techniques.

Next Steps

Move up to our Intermediate and Advanced guitar making course and build on the skills you've learnt or to complete a project.

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.

Fee reductions for adult short courses