Bodies and necks waiting to be turned into finished guitars by Purdue students
Purdue Continues Guitar
Workshop This Summer
Purdue University’s Guitar Workshop will be in
session again this summer from July 6–10. The
course is part of Purdue’s Mechanical Engineering
Technology Acoustics Lab, or METAL.
Developed by Assistant Professor Mark
French, the Purdue Guitar Workshop teaches
students to build an electric guitar or bass
guitar with a number of customizable
options. Representatives from Taylor Guitars,
Fender, Seymour Duncan and Stewart-Mac
Donald participate in the workshop, along
with Purdue faculty.
Tuition, including materials, is $1295.
More information is available at
Neal Moser to Teach Guitar
Neal Moser, the man behind some of B.C.
Rich’s original guitars, is now offering personal and class instruction on how to build
the guitars of your dreams. He will be
holding two week seminars in both bolt-on
and neck-through construction, along with
offering weekend sessions on setup and
inlay and one-on-one weekend sessions for
more experienced builders.
The “Garage Guitar Building 101” two week
seminar will cover the basics of bolt-on neck
guitar building. With the seminar Moser aims
to address the needs of all levels of building,
from putting together a “kit” guitar to building one from scratch.
In the “Custom Neck-through Guitar
Building” two week seminar he will be
teaching the advanced methods of neck-through guitar building. The seminar will
also address the use of basic small production guitar building power tools such as
band saws/re-saws, jointers, surface planers and hand routers. Those who complete
the program are meant to come away with
the knowledge necessary to build a neck-through guitar in their shop using the fewest
power tools possible.
Each two week seminar will host two to
four students. Classes will be held between
1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Monday through
Thursday. For students attending from outside the local area, dorm-style housing is
available at no extra charge.
In addition to the two week seminars, single
weekend classes will also be offered on
Saturday and Sundays in fret work and final
setup. It will be open to up to four students
per weekend. Personal “one on one” weekends for those who already build guitars but
have specific questions about specific areas
of guitar building are also available.
Pricing for the two week seminars is $1500
per student. Pricing for the weekend class is
$500 per student. Pricing for ‘one on one”
weekends is $700.