2016 class dates are here!!!

Dates

Sep 4-10 - Complete build class
Oct 2-8 - Complete build class
Nov 6-12 - Complete build class

March 26-27 - Body class
April 3-9 - Complete build class
April 24-30 - Complete build class
May 13-15 - Neck class
May 22-28 - Complete build class


Advanced and one on one classes are available by appointment, so get in touch to schedule that with me. If you're interested in building a set neck, gluing up tops, working with binding, or working with stainless steel frets, then this is for you! 


Guitar Building Classes

Wanna learn how to build a guitar? Of course you do; guitars are awesome! Never built one before, or you don't have much woodworking experience? No problem! Classes are tailored to your level of experience. You can still build something that you'll be proud of, even if you've never powered up a router before. 

There are one day electronics/wiring classes, weekend body and neck building classes, as well as a one week complete guitar class! Located in the north Dallas area, there are plenty of hotel accommodations around, too!

Once class is but a fond memory, students get a discount on templates and jigs through Potvin Guitars, paint services from Rowyco Kustoms in NC, and deeper discounts on hardware orders through Allparts or WD. There are some AirBNBs in the area, and I've also worked out a discounted rate with a local hotel for students!

 

HOWZABOUT A REVIEW?

Check out Pat's recap of the body course at Sevenstring.org; you'll almost feel like you're there!


Body class

As the title suggests, you'll spend a Saturday and Sunday and build a body over in Sullyville. We'll probably have tacos, too. Alder blanks will be provided, and there are all kindsa upgrade options (woods, top). Hardware kits and paint services are available at a discount to students too! Could you be any more hooked up? Nope. 

Tuition: $500 (25% deposit, remaining balance due one week before class)

NECK Class

This is a three day excursion into neck building. Start with a maple neck blank, a maple or rosewood fretboard, a two way truss rod, 22 frets and start your journey. You'll also design your own headstock and take your template home with you! Day one will be cutting/routing/gluing. And tacos. Day two will be focused on shaping. And tacos. Day three will be frets. And most likely, tacos.

Tuition: $700  (20% deposit, remaining balance due one week before class)




COMPLETE CLASS

Build a body? Yep. Build a neck? Yep. Wire it, assemble it and set it up? Yep! Sixteen words to describe what you'll be doing with ol' Sully for seven glorious days. While that's a bit more than two words per day, don't worry, there's no vow of silence needed. You'll be provided an alder body blank, a maple neck blank, your choice of a maple or rosewood fretboard, a dual action truss rod, and nickel fretwire of your size preference. Be sure to ask about upgraded wood options as well as discounted hardware packages!  If you're looking for something more involved than what we can get through in a weekend, this is for you. 

Tuition: $2100 + cost of hardware/electronics   (20% deposit, remaining balance due one week before class) Don't forget to ask about hardware packages!

ADVANCED CLASS

One on one class that covers everything we do in the complete course, but kicks it up a nacho. Options such as set neck construction, binding options, stainless steel fret installation, gluing up your own tops, and more! Oh, and it's just you and me, pal. Prerequisites apply.

Tuition: $3000 + cost of hardware and electronics (20% deposit, remaining balance due one week before class. Scheduled by appointment)

 

 

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See what the cool kids are saying:

Hi Sully,

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to express my sincere thanks for the opportunity to attend your complete build class! Your approach—knowing the specific issues guitar builders deal with, providing detailed explanations, and of course your awesome sense of humor—was exactly what I needed. Having minimal woodworking experience I was especially pleased with your patience and willingness to go above and beyond in explaining things in an easy to understand concise manner.

It would be a pleasure to recommend Sully’s Guitar Building classes to anyone interested in learning to build guitars and would be confident that they too will gain the same invaluable experience that I did.

Thank you!
— Mike L.
 
Sully,

I can’t thank you enough for the experience of your build class. I learned a ton of useful information and gained a lot of confidence to start building on my own. That alone was worth the cost of the trip, but I’m also truly impressed with the instrument I made in the process!

I really appreciate what you do, both as a teacher and a luthier. I invested a lot into making that trip, and it was totally worth it. My experience was a dream come true, and I couldn’t be happier that I took the leap. So thank you a million times over!
— Russ M.

Read all about Russ' experience at Sevenstring.org!

It’s such a blast - everyone go sign up with Sully and do this. I did it last week and I want to go back and do it again.
— Pat S.
In addition to countless valuable lessons in guitar-building, I can confirm tacos were plentiful and enjoyed by all. Mmmmmmm...tacos.
— Steve F.

So, what can I build?

Taking a weekend body course? Awesome! We're gonna have a blast. Since we have two days and a lot to do, we'll keep it simple. That means we'll build a bolt on body with a standard Fender spec neck pocket that will accept a 25.5 scale, 21 or 22 fret neck. Most students build a strat/super strat, tele/super tele style, but other body shapes can be built in class with a few exceptions (Raven style bodies will be flat/no raised center block, and the '71 body shape is not available for class builds). You can upgrade to mahogany, swamp ash, or limba (korina) as well as a figured top, and I'll be nice enough to glue it up to your blank so that it's ready for you when class starts. Sorry, but due to time constraints, body contours (other than belly/forearm contours) and binding is not an option for weekend classes.

If you're taking a weekend neck course, I'll help you build a six string, 25.5 scale, 21 or 22 fret bolt on neck that will have a Fender spec neck heel.  To keep things moving along, the fretboard will be slotted and radiused before class (you pick the radius), and you have the option of dot inlays (in whatever configuration you like) or no inlays. You'll design your own headstock and I'll make a template of it that you'll use in class and is yours to keep. You'll get your feet wet building a neck, learn how to shape the back profile, and learn how I approach fretwork. Sorry, but due to time constraints, binding is not an option for weekend classes.

Taking a week long course? Sweet action! You'll build a guitar with bolt on construction with your choice of 6 or 7 string and your choice of scale (25.5, 24.75, etc).  Additional body contours (cutaways, heel)  is an upgrade option for the week long classes provided you work quickly. 

Taking the advanced course? Well we're going to have one hell of a time! Bolt on, set neck, or neck through construction, your choice of 6 or 7 string, your choice of scale length, binding options and stainless steel fret installation are some of the additional things we can do. Prerequisites apply.  

Oh! I almost forgot!

Basses can be built, too. 


HEY SULLY, I'D TOTALLY DO THIS, BUT TRAVELING TO DALLAS ISN'T AN OPTION RIGHT NOW...

No sweat, Chet. Got Skype? Sweet. If you need help discussing a project your working on, Super Sully Consultations are just an internet connection away. If you can't be here to build something and have tacos in the flesh, let's get our technology on and make it work for you! Current rates are $40 per 30 minute session.