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A Master Class In Acoustic Guitar Making

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With Chris Wynne. A comprehensive 13-hour course on 10 DVDs, with accompanying book of plans and specifications. Free pocket ruler!

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Build your own Dreadnought-size guitar.
"Clear out your workshop and sharpen your tools!" Introducing a comprehensive new guide for building your own Dreadnought-size guitar, taught by luthier Chris Wynne of Australia's Montsalvat School of Acoustic Guitar Making. It's an impressive 10-DVD set, but fear not—the comprehensive course is structured for first-time builders and woodworkers. Chris guides you through each step in the guitarmaking process, troubleshoots potential problems and explores current guitar wood science, all with the convenient navigation of DVD menus.

Comprehensive 13-hour course using Australian timbers on 10 DVDs, plus book!
The course includes "The Luthiers Acoustic Guitar Making Handbook" (available only with the DVDs), an essential 60-page manual of detailed plans and specifications for each stage of construction. You'll get a handy bonus pocket conversion ruler, too!

DVD Contents:
Disc 1 Tools and humidity • Side bending • Joining and bracing the back • Making body blocks
Disc 2 Creating the back arch • Installing kerfed linings
Disc 3 Gluing and trimming the back • Splicing the neck • Installing headstock veneer
Disc 4 Inlaying the rosette • Cutting and bracing the soundboard • Installing the bridge plate
Disc 5 Cutting and routing the neck • Installing, trimming and binding the soundboard
Disc 6 Shaping and slotting the fretboard • Dovetailing and installing the neck • Installing the truss rod and fretboard
Disc 7 Shaping the neck • Installing and dressing the frets • Making and installing the bridge • Tone tapping • Applying an oil finish
Disc 8 Guitar setup: Making the nut and saddle • Installing tuners and bridge pins • Adjusting string action
Disc 9 Making your own jigs • Side bending • Making a fretboard • Making a body mould and bracing dish
Disc 10 Live guitar performances • Interviews with Australian timber supplier Chris Searle, wood scientist Andrew Morrow, and luthier Jack Spira

These DVDs are not "region specific," and are intended for worldwide viewing.

The Book: "The Luthiers Acoustic Guitar Making Handbook" is filled with essential plans, measurements, templates and printed specifications to accompany each stage of construction shown on the DVDs. 60 pages, softcover, and only available with the DVD set.

Conversion Ruler: A handy bonus pocket-size steel inch/metric conversion ruler is included, too!

Website Support: You'll gain exclusive access to the Master Class support website, for help with any questions that arise as you build your guitar.

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5 1-17-2014
Great series, great teacher

I have had the privilege of learning to build my first guitar with Chris Wynne in person at Montsalvat in Melbourne. The course was life changing. The DVD series allowed me to take what I had learnt on the course and begin my journey as a luthier. I am now up to build no. 14 and have the confidence to create my own plans, inlays etc and none of it would have been possible without the invaluable information in the DVD series. If you are looking to build your first guitar, or even understand a little more about your second, you will definitely benefit form this series.

MartinT  Central Coast, NSW Read my reviews (6)
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2 12-19-2013
Not enough knowledge

In my opinion not very good. It's okay, but, leaving out very important info like cleaning your wood before glueing. Also very strange ways in doing things. And sometimes just plane wrong.

Peter Damm  The Netherlands Read my reviews (2)
5 10-16-2013
Have No Fear!

What a great course. Chris knows how to teach, and there is simply no substitute for seeing a technique being done in real time. If you are serious about building a guitar, this course is a must.

Michael Minton  Saint Louis, MO
5 8-04-2013
Excellent Course! WOW!

This video answered a lot of questions I had about how acoustics all fit together. A great overview of how they are built and many tips for us un-handy people along the way. I think Chris is a great teacher that really explains things quite well. Very impressed! Cheers!

Rockin' Mike Burton  Canada Read my reviews (22)
5 8-30-2011
A Master Class in Acoustic Guitar Making

I received this DVD set as a birthday gift from my wife and son. All I can say is Wow! Chris is an excellent teacher and keeps the 10 hours very engaging and informative. His unpretentious and supportive style is just what I needed. I found the information on Australian Timbers used in the series fascinating. I also love the little pocket sized ruler that came with the set. I am very pleased.

justinarts  West Texas, USA Read my reviews (35)
5 8-04-2011
A Master Class In Acoustic Guitar Making

This is an absolute must for beginners, with over 10 hours of information, enough to give you the confidence to build your first acoustic.
Once you have mastered a couple of builds using this DVD set then you can experiment with confidence having acquired the basic skills and knowledge to try different bindings and finishes.
It's also refreshing to see some of the beautiful woods that Australia has to offer.

Raven  Australia Read my reviews (4)
5 5-31-2011
Fine Guitar Building Course

I ordered this course because it looked better than the others. It is, in my opinion, the best. I have read other reviews that criticize Chris Wynne because he didn't cover finishing well enough, or using various kinds of trim. Hey, the guy is teaching how to build a fine instrument and he has done that very well. Order one today and don't be afraid. It was money well spent.
Thank you Chris!

hardboiled  Leominster, Massachusetts USA
4 4-15-2011
Careful the free ruler

A handy bonus pocket-size steel inch/metric conversion ruler included with this set is really nice, but beware: The Square end has some very sharp edges and when measuring your project could cause some bad scratches. Best take a file to it before use.

Steve West  Colwich, Kansas Read my reviews (7)
5 4-04-2011
Great DVD

loved the DVD everything you need to build a good guitar... wish he would have explained what grades of sand paper he was using during the DVD.

Cool  Ohio
3 10-15-2010
Alright, but rather basic.

I was hoping for a bit more, truthfully. Basic oil finish, simple bindings, little to no advice on voicing the top. While it was nice to see a guitar made from start to finish, I don't think you could make a nice guitar following this video set alone.

desmatic  Wales, United Kingdom Read my reviews (11)
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