Build Your Own Guitar - Make Your Own History!

Since 1998 we have enabled over 400 students, from ages 11 to 70, with no previous experience to build their own guitars.


The definitive guide to guitar making.

The approach here is very friendly and accessible and there is much to be learned for both first time builders and seasoned professionals who will find the information presented extremely interesting and informative. Well done Mark on this labour of love and for sharing your life’s work with the world. This course can only go from strength to strength as people get involved and share their ideas and thoughts. – Phil Preece (Beryl Guitars)

This is a unique and inspiring course

In this course Mark Bailey takes you through the process of building an electric guitar.

The whole process of building a guitar is chopped into 50 to 60 jobs needed to build a guitar. By doing that Mark has made building a guitar a manageable matter for anyone who has never built a guitar. Every single job is clearly demonstrated and explained. He also shows you the jigs used for building a guitar and how to make them. This course shows that Mark is not only a very expierenced luthier, but also an experienced and talented teacher. I have enjoyd every minute of this course and although English is not my mother tongue, I had no trouble at all understanding the lectures. For anyone who wants to build his own guitar, apart from doing a course at Mark’s workshop in Scotland, this on line course is the best option to give it at try at home. I certainly will!

If you want to design your guitar this is THE course to take. This covers everything from the tools you’ll need to the measurements, drawing and picking the guitar parts. All done in high quality video and by an excellent, knowledgeable teacher

RSS Mark’s Blog

  • Over the Moonshiner!
    Bailey Customer Experience?   The story: Way back in October last year award winning Scottish photographer Mark Alexander visited the Bailey workshop to research for an article for Guitar & Bass Magazine – he spent an afternoon here, was genuinely interested in what we do and took some great pictures The final result was fantastic…
  • The Last Viking
    There’s buried treasure in this video – You’ll be surprised what you can dig up in Ayrshire! Totally blown away by the latest Preston Reed video – I think the Bailey supporters out there will enjoy this one…please share and leave a comment! “The Last Viking” composed and performed by Preston Reed. From his album…
  • The View from the Workshop – April 2016
    The View from the Workshop – April 2016 A BIG announcement and more mayhem from Bailey World…
  • Build Your Own Guitar ONLINE – Review
    Can an online guitar making course really work? James signed up in February and has just completed his first ever guitar build – physical proof that indeed it can! Here is what James said after finishing the course: Having never before used either a bandsaw or router and never having dreamed of carving anything from…
  • The Fire & The Icicle
    Sam Winston’s Debut Album – Ft. his Bailey Custom Custom Bootlegger Acoustic Guitar! Don’t miss this… It is not everyday that someone releases an album with one of my guitars on it, but this one is something altogether on another level. If you don’t love it then I will personally give you your money back…

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