I started about three years ago. My first was a kit, there are several available. This is a great way to get started. Also will let you see what is involved. My shop has grown from that kit to a fully equipped shop and growing very fast. I did lots of reading and research on the subject, bought lots of books and continue to learn every day and that will always be the case. I have learned over the past few years there are millions of opinions on how to do things and the end result, my best projects evolve from just doing it. You can find a treasure chest of videos and shops demonstrating the way they do things on the internet. Believe me there is more than one way to do things. There are some great builders that will take on an intern at a very costly fee and I did not enjoy such a luxury. The end result of a great builder is their own creativity with an enormous amount of patients and persistence. I really like seeing folks take an interest in the craft. I have found a community of folks that are such a joy to be friends with and for that it is all worth it to me. Any time you wish to ask a question feel free to call 252-723-5566
Wishing you well on your adventure – David
My first kit was from John Hall a very nice fella. http://www.bluescreekguitars.com/ It was a mahogany dreadnaught and is one of the most liked guitars in the music room. Every tuesday night I have open house to allow folks to come in and practice or to start building if they want, it has been the most fun. There are so many resources available. When you call "evenings are best" we can talk more about what fits you best.
Its gonna be a wonderful adventure for you I am sure.
Where did you do your apprenticeship?
What kind of guitar did you make?
I'm not aware of any makers in RI (that doesn't mean there isn't) but there are a ton of book, videos, kits (good and bad), on-line apprenticeships, 1 and 2 week intensives, etc. I have often taught nylon string guitar making...I have done a 1 week intensive one on one, as well has teach aspects of guitar making on-line. I'm in the Los Angeles area tho!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions
Hmmmm! I don't have extensive experience, however I have built 3 guitars to date - one a hollowbody electric and 2 acoustic guitars and I do live in RI. I'd be glad to share what I do know as you proceed with your build. There are several guitar makers in NH. Alan Carruth leads a group somewhere in NH. I'm sure you could google him. Alan taught the guy who helped me through my first build. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your reply!!!!
It looks like you know Bill!!
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Here are the websites for some luthiery schools, although I'm afraid they're not in the New England Area. If you want to talk to an experienced luthier, I'm sure you can contact one through these websites :)