Steel String Guitar

Taught by David Whiteman

This course is intended to take you through the process of building a guitar, from timber selection to stringing, and everything in between. At the end of the course, you’ll have a unique guitar that you’ll have built yourself.

This guitar is based on an OM style guitar. It has a 14 fret body join and a 640mm scale length. You’ll use spruce for the top, fitted with either a wood rosette or a shell inlay.

The back and sides will be mahogany or walnut, with a mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. Machine heads will be Schallers.

The course can be taken in a couple of ways. If you live within easy travelling distance, you can take it in an evening class format, 2 hours a week. It will take you between 12 and 18 months to complete your instrument. Alternatively, you may wish to do 1 day a week of more intensive work – please check with me for availability.

I also offer fixed blocks of week-long sessions 4 times throughout the year (see course calendar) so if you are travelling from afar this could be the option for you. All guitar building courses have a maximum of 2 participants so you’ll never have to wait long for my attention.

All tools and equipment are provided but there is a material cost. Dependent on your timber choices, this will be in the region of £250. Please feel free to discuss the different options and costs with me.


Week-long course: £700 (9.30 – 5.30 with an hour for lunch)

1 day: £140 (9.30 – 5.30 with an hour for lunch)

2-hour session: £40

Additional costs: approx £250 depending on timber and machine head choices.

Special Friends and Family Promotion: If you book for the same course on the same dates, receive 10% discount on the course fees.

We keep all instrument building courses to a maximum of 2 students to ensure you always get the most from David’s extensive knowledge and teaching skills.