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Building an Electric Guitar

  • 19 Oct 2015
  • 23 Nov 2015
  • 6 sessions
  • 19 Oct 2015, 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
  • 26 Oct 2015, 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
  • 02 Nov 2015, 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
  • 09 Nov 2015, 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
  • 16 Nov 2015, 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
  • 23 Nov 2015, 7:00 PM
  • Monadnock Art X Tech

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A guitar is a complex instrument, requiring an understanding of the qualities of wood and metal, electronics, and how they work together to achieve your ultimate goal: a great sound! 

This six part, weekly class will build an electric or bass guitar from a kit, choosing from several different guitar styles and options. Beginning with a kit is an excellent way to learn the foundational skills of guitar building.  But these kits are not toys! With guidance from instructor Jim Harrington, you will build a high quality, custom, one of a kind instrument, limited only by your imagination. You will explore finish techniques, understand guitar components, basic electronics, setup, where to source parts, and how to solve problems and study the effects of all theses things on tone and playability.

Open to aspiring musicians, builders, artists, creators and dreamers age 15+. No prior woodworking or electronics skills necessary, but participants should expect to do some homework. 

The six week class fee (including all necessary materials) is $85.  Material costs depend on kit chosen, but range from $99 - $160.

Options for guitar styles include:

 

Style: Stratocaster

Options: Maple or Rosewood Fretboard

Cost:

Maple FB - $99.95
Rswd FB - $104.95
 

      3 single-coil pickups

      Lightweight Paulownia Body

“Paddleboard” headstock for custom shaping
   

Style: Telecaster

Options: Maple or Rosewood Fretboard

Cost:

Maple FB - $99.95
Rswd FB - $104.95

 

      2 single-coil pickups

      Lightweight Paulownia Body

“Paddleboard” headstock for custom shaping
   

Style: P-Bass Guitar

Options: Maple or Rosewood Fretboard

Cost:

Maple FB - $109.95
Rswd FB - $114.95 
 

      Lightweight Paulownia Body

“Paddleboard” headstock for custom shaping
   

Style: Jazz Bass

Options: Maple or Rosewood Fretboard

Cost:

Maple FB - $114.95
Rswd FB - $119.95

 

      Lightweight Paulownia Body

“Paddleboard” headstock for custom shaping
   

Style: Simple Flying “V”

Options: None

Cost: $159.95 
 

      2 Humbucker pickups

Angled headstock
   

Style: RR Offset Flying “V” w/Tremolo

Options: None

Cost: $169.95
 

      2 Humbucker pickups

      Randy Rhoads body cut w/offset headstock

Floyd Rose Tremolo
   

Style: Mockingbird

Options: None

Cost: $169.95
 

      2 Humbucker pickups

Solid Poplar Body
   

Style: P-Bass

Options: Maple or Rosewood Fretboard

Cost:

Maple FB - $119.95
Rswd FB - $124.95
 

      Solid Poplar Body

“Paddleboard” headstock for custom shaping

The Deadline for signing up for this class will be October 12 to give sufficient time to order the kit. Detailed information about ordering your kit will be sent in your confirmation email.


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