Does anyone here have first hand experience with attending a Guitar/Bass Repair school, such as this one: Luthier School | Guitar Repair School Course Curriculum or a Lutherie school, such as this one: Roberto-Venn | School of Luthiery | Guitar Making & Repair I'm 47, and through various circumstances, I've found myself out of work, and looking for something new to do and learn that could help me find a job and make some money. I've worked with my hands my whole life, as a general contractor, a motorcycle mechanic and builder (including metal work, welding, soldering, etc.), playing music, martial artist, etc etc. I'm always building or making something. For example, I'm currently learning how to pinstripe so that when I get good enough, I can do it to make a few extra bucks. I never really got in to repairing my basses until a few years ago, when I learned how to do my own setups. I enjoy that thoroughly. It reminds me of tuning up motorcycles, and a lot of the skills involved are similar, mainly using feeler gauges, having to be precise, and getting something to work properly. A few months back, I built my first bass from a kit, doing a lot of modification to it. You can see a link here: My first "build". P-bass to Scroll bass. Some info/advice please? I realized that I enjoyed it, got a lot of good feedback from friends that have seen it, was asked to build something for them but felt limited by my lack of knowledge. This got me thinking about going to a school to learn how to do repairs, fret dressing and leveling, wiring, painting, etc. I'd like to know if anyone here has any first hand experience with this type of school, and if anyone has attended the NJ Guitar Repair School in particular. Luthier School | Guitar Repair School Course Curriculum I believe that, at this point, I'm more interested in going somewhere to learn setups, repair, wiring, and such, as opposed to a lutherie school for building my own basses. I'm not looking to become a custom bass builder as a profession, as opposed to someone that can do good setup and repair work. In the future I may get into building but that's not my current goal. Are these types of schools worth the money and time? Do you leave with the appropriate knowledge to then do this type of work? I don't expect to make a killing as a repair guy either, but do enjoy the work and would like to add it to my skillset. ***PLEASE don't offer me advice to watch videos to learn how to do this. In this instance, if I am to pursue this, I want to learn hands on from a teacher. I'd prefer to hear from people that have done it or looked into it, rather than from people with no experience in this area. Thanks. *** I apologize if my posting is at all muddled or unclear. I'm healing from surgery on my arm and am taking oxycodone at the moment. Thanks.