Luthier schools?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bassguy1, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Bassguy1

    Bassguy1 Guest

    Feb 10, 2006
    U.S. - Midwest
    I'm interested in becoming a luthier later on down the road as I approach my "seasoned years" and would appreciate any leads on some good luthier schools. I've played bass a good part of my life as a hobby and still do but I know it won't last forever. This new "career" will at least keep me close to what I truly love. I've got some good basic carpentry and electronis skills but I really don't know where to start. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I live in the St. Louis area.
  2. dman_113

    dman_113 Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

    Nov 4, 2007
    Musicians Institute offers a program.
  3. Edword


    Jun 23, 2005
    I haven't attended this school, but I walked through it when I took a bass in for a refin. The students were making acoustic guitar tops that day, and they seemed to know what they were doing.
  4. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Man that Master's Program sounds much better than the one I'm in now :mad:

    There's a lot of schools available.....if you're totally geared on building (strictly) basses, make sure to do your research. I, myself, would love to tackle an acoustic or archtop guitar. In particular an archtop. Mr. Holt has my dream job...:bawl:
  5. I have to ask is there a Luthier program in Canada?
  6. HomemadeBasses


    Dec 12, 2007
    I recommend Roberto Venn in Phoenix, AZ. Take the Spring term though, so the heat doesn't kill you.
    JSP, are you referring to Ray Holt? I just ask as he's a recent graduate now working at Benedetto.
  7. RedemptionBass

    RedemptionBass Guest

    Dec 12, 2007
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Head (and only) Honcho at Redemption Bass
  8. Yvarg

    Yvarg Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Lake Forest, CA
    Yeah, I think Summit school of lutherie is in British Columbia. They have a variety of courses with different lengths.
  9. I am being transferred by work back to Canada this summer. I am trying to find something in Ontario, Canada. BC is quite the haul with work and all in the morning.
  10. Anyone know of a luthier program in Ontario, Canada or east to the maritime provinces.:help:
  11. Guess not.:eyebrow:
  12. ppk

    ppk Guest

    May 16, 2007
    ive been seriously thinking about going to galloup guitars its only about 2 hours away. im still in highschool and im making a bass currently for cabinet making.
  13. ZoldosCustom

    ZoldosCustom Guest

    Nov 27, 2007
    i myself went to "Luthier's International" in GA back in 2001. I think that they may have changed their name though. it was a 3 month repair and building school, which gave a broad overview of everything. if you strictly want to learn how to build basses, then i would try to find a seasoned luthier in your area and just pay him/ her for lessons. i dropped $7000 on the school and i still had a lot to learn once i got out. they taught us how to build a solid body bolt on, and as a group we built an acoustic kit guitar. don't get me wrong, it helped and was a learning experience, but i would have rather paid around a grand or 2 on one-on-one lessons. i have heard that roberto-venn is great school though. it's a little pricier but everyone i talked to said that it was worth it.
  14. Nelson Guitars

    Nelson Guitars Guest

    Aug 14, 2006
    Novato California
    Custom builder
  15. panas

    panas Guest

    Nov 5, 2007
    do you have any suggestions for any dvds on bass/guitar construction? Thanks
  16. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Cough cough

    Man that dust is thick!