Advanced Guitar Repair Apprenticeship


3-Day Guitar Repair Apprenticeship

This is an advanced repair course for luthiery students.  This immersive weekend is specifically designed for those who want to learn high-level repair and setup theory.  If you have recently learned to build, this course will take you (and your guitars) to the next level.  We will cover in-depth professional setup and intonation theory, repair and restoration techniques, along with shop tips and guidance relating to the repair & restoration business.  Come with questions!  This 3-day intensive apprenticeship is taught exclusively by our owner and head luthier, Ryan R. Elewaut.  The long weekend will provide you with the extra training and knowledge needed to be a better repair tech, and even a more proficient builder.  The skills we practice and discuss will give you more opportunities for success with your future career.

See additional details below regarding requirements, scheduling, topics covered, meals, and other info.

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Guitar Repair Apprenticeship

This advanced guitar repair apprenticeship is a course designed for the many students who are moving on from primary training programs or luthiery schools.  We’ve found that most students graduating from luthiery programs need some additional coursework and training in the area of general and extensive repair work, high-level setups, and the business aspects of the repair shop.  We provide a perfect program for these students upon graduation– or as a supplement to your studies.

Come enjoy beautiful Flagstaff for three full days of hands-on training in our repair facility. (You will arrive one day early for orientation.)   If possible, you should bring at least two of your own instruments to use as practice pieces for repair work.  You are encouraged to bring your own tools, or some of your favorites at least.  However, you will have access to all tools and machinery in our facility.

The cost of the apprenticeship includes lunch for all three days.  We have hotel accommodations ready for you within walking distance of the store.

What You will Learn:

  • Advanced setup and fretting techniques
  • Advanced intonation theory on acoustic & electric guitars
  • Hand shaping professional-grade saddles and nuts
  • Advanced repairs, including structural and finish work, neck resetting, re-fretting, bridge work
  • Electromagnetism, Guitar Electronics, mods and diagrams
  • How to make hide glue, and more

What’s Included:

  • ALL MATERIALS, including strings, bone blanks, small parts, etc.*
  • Handouts, notes & specific article links
  • Lunch provided all three days
  • Local transportation if necessary
  • A huge amount of knowledge to begin your career

*Does not include hardware, like tuning keys, pickups or bridges.

For the complete curriculum please contact Ryan.  Payment arrangements can be made.  We require half down to reserve your weekend.  The remainder is due on the first day of class.


Additional information

Requirement 1

You must provide your own transportation to and from Flagstaff. We can arrange to pick you up from the airport or train station upon arrival, and we'll take care of any basic transportation during your stay.

Requirement 2

Previous coursework in the field of guitar repair or building is required. Please contact Ryan with a bio and/or resume detailing your luthiery studies.


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