Guitars at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute

Guitar Instructors

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.



Look for us at the 2020 Northeast Guitar Expo!

October 4, 2020 | The Verve Hotel | Natick, MA


Inspired to continue expanding our workshops and subject areas, the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute added its first guitar workshops in the summer of 2019. Musicians, hobbiests and luthiers of all experience levels are invited to explore opportunities with the UNH Guitar Workshop. This year, we're excited to add a new course: Electric Guitar Construction, in which students will build a set-neck, solid body electric guitar completely from scratch.

Guitar workshops have been cancelled for Summer 2020 - we hope to reschedule these exciting new courses for Summer 2021.


Comprehensive Guitar Repair

Coming Summer 2021

This course is a deep dive into the complex and inventive world of fretted instrument repair.
While we will focus on the finer points of setup and maintenance, this course really aims to
demystify some of the more complicated techniques performed on valuable vintage instruments.
Topics addressed will include acoustic guitar neck resets, bridge removal and replacement, complete fret jobs, regluing loose internal bracing, headstock fractures, and many types of crack repairs.




Electric Guitar Construction

Coming Summer 2021

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.