Overview

PDT-Violin-19

Electric Guitar Construction

During this intensive week-long course, each student will build a set-neck, solid-body electric guitar completely from scratch. There will be two model options based on iconic American designs from the mid-20th. Century. Throughout the week, various topics will be addressed including the history of the solid-body electric guitar, various construction techniques, wood selection, electronic & hardware options, finishing techniques, and setup/maintenance. As there is very limited time, this workshop requires perfect attendance, an excellent work ethic, and a great attitude. Power tools, such as routers, bandsaw, drill press, and belt sander will be utilized
during this workshop - as such, tool safety and a professional attitude are a must. Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge to begin an exciting career in the field of lutherie, along with a heirloom-quality handmade guitar with a value of $3-4k. All materials will be available from the instructor, estimated cost $700+ depending on options.
 

Instructor Bios

PDT-Violin-19

Electric Guitar Construction

  • Chuck Sanzone

    After earning a philosophy degree from Boston College back in 1995, Chuck packed his car and headed out to the Roberto-Venn school of lutherie in an attempt to find a worthwhile career path. Building and repairing musical instruments just seemed like an idyllic life for a creative soul who lived for music. 24 years later he’s still at it, building 4 pieces of functional art each year in a historic one-room schoolhouse nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont - most notably for legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. This long and rewarding career has included a restoration apprenticeship at the Music Emporium, many years at Tippin Guitars (building and restoration), rising to become rental workshop manager at Johnson String Instrument, training luthiers in China on 5 occasions in both guitar and violin repair as well as design & product development, studying with maestro Hans Nebel of the Wurlitzer workshop, and currently as the master luthier for Juzek Stringed Instruments/Metropolitan Music in Stowe, Vermont. The challenge of repair and restoration work has always been a motivating force, and he especially enjoys restoring family treasures.  

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