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Here are the pro tools assigned by
instructors at top notch lutherie schools.

A career in lutherie starts with the right tools.

We serve leading lutherie schools by supplying their students with tools of the trade. The students benefit by owning and mastering specialized professional tools that will serve them well in their careers. Each school has developed a list of required StewMac tools that are essential to their coursework.

For the majority of aspiring guitarmakers who will never attend a lutherie school, these lists are valuable recommendations. Whether you're an apprentice, or starting out on your own, we make it easy to order the same tools trusted by veteran instructors.

The Atlanta Guitar Works' tool list is well rounded for nut making, fretting and setup.

Total list value $1,078.37

The Canadian School's list is well rounded for nut making, fretting and setup, and has additional tools focusing on acoustic guitar work.

Total list value $604.29

The Colorado School of Lutherie tool list prepares students for basic set-up and maintenance for a variety of stringed instruments.

Total list value $655.60

The tool list for the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair aims to equip students with the tooling needed to open their own guitar repair business.

Total list value $1,210.68

The tool list for El Virutero favors pro tools specifically for fretwork—from fret prep and installation to leveling and dressing.

Total list value $577.69

The tool list for Galloup School of Lutherie gives you the professional tools for fretting and guitar setup.

Total list value $602.15

The tool list for Red Wing has a strong focus on fretwork: installation, repair and removal. Anyone not attending classes should consider the best-selling book: Fretwork Step-by-Step!

Total list value $681.92

Roberto-Venn's collection specializes in precision tools for fret installation and nut and saddle making.

Total list value $511.69

The tool list for Sinclair favors fret pressing, radiusing, and more. They also value accuracy of the String Spacing Rule for the nut.

Total list value $527.74

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