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Build Your Own Guitar

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

£190

The Complete ONLINE Guitar Making Course – A step by step guide to build your own guitar with virtually unlimited scope for customization

LIFETIME ACCESS – ends soon

Includes:

  • Design Your Own Guitar
  • Over 8hrs of structured video lessons
  • Quickstart checklists for tools, wood and parts
  • Library of patterns to customise your design
  • My ebook on tools
  • PRO SUPPORT! Direct access to ask me any questions
  • LIFETIME ACCESS!

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Welcome to ‘Build Your Own Guitar’

The Complete Online Guitar Making Course

Inside is a complete step by step video for building your very own first (or best yet) guitar. I will guide you through the entire process starting with making your own set of patterns – these are among the many secret ‘tricks of the trade’ that enable you to make high quality instruments – faster and easier.

I will show you how to use your patterns to make one or a hundred guitars!

This course also includes my ebook on Tools and quick-start pages:

  • Tools for your first guitar
  • Wood and Parts for your first guitar
  • Patterns

How hard can it be?

There are about 50-60 jobs to make a guitar – each one should take 10-20 minutes on average – it takes a certain level of commitment… and yes, it can be hard work.

If you want to be a guitar maker (or just make one for yourself) then I truly believe this is the best possible start you could get – short of actually working in a guitar workshop.

What’s in it for me?

Over eight hours of video – this course is the final product of many years of building guitars, running courses and writing to create a real and accurate instruction manual.

16 years of experience teaching over 400 student to build has taught me a lot:

  • how to break the process down into easy chunks
  • the right tools for the right job
  • the best order to do them in for best results
  • the most efficient way of doing each job – saving time and wasted effort

It is my aim to pass as much of this to you as I can – and save you a lot of time and heartbreak… this course is the next best thing to being here at my workshop.

Who is it for?

To get the most from this course it is highly recommended that you have already completed my other course Design Your Own Guitar – this is why it is included here for free.

Important!

I do recommend using a pre-made fretboard for your first build but have included two methods of making your own – just in case you are determined to do it the hard way!

Joining this course gives you LIFETIME access to a community of builders and enthusiasts, all working through the course – and I will be live-streaming regular Q and A sessions.

You can ask me any question directly – or start an open discussion with our enthusiastic students. Remember you can watch the films over and over again.

Thanks for your interest in Build Your Own Guitar – Enroll now and get my other course ‘Design Your Own’ – FREE.

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  1. One person found this helpful
    ben

    5 out of 5 The best course ever!

    ben

    Easily the most enjoyable course I’ve ever done 🙂 Mark’s delivery and explanation of the process is second to none and if there’s anything unclear then help is a few key clicks away. I’ve honestly

    This build has taken a while as I amassed tips and tools along the way but now I have all my jigs complete 🙂

    This one is my take on a Yamaha SG – I used one to make my body template and then added a knee carve, belly carve, horn carves and a forearm contour.

    Neck: Sapele
    Body: Sapele
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Inlay: 12th – maple, mother of pearl, abalone
    Inlay: headstock: maple, tamarind
    Truss rod cover: spalted tamarind
    Cavity cover: maple
    Hardware: unbranded, Seymour Duncan pups

    Having played 3 gigs with it since I finished it last week, I can’t actually believe how easy it is to play – it’s now my go-to guitar and I’m absolutely overjoyed 🙂

    Can’t wait to start the next one, I’m going to try some binding this time round ..

    Thank you Mark, it’s been a privilege doing the course!

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  2. John Lever

    My Bailey Bandsman

    John Lever

    This guitar has a Wilkinson wrap over bridge, IronGear Hot Slag Zebra humbucker pickups, Gotoh tuners, 500k pots, 0.22uf orange drop capacitor, Schaller strap locks, Earnie Ball Paradigm Slinky strings and a Graphtech nut.

    This course has opened my eyes to the world of guitar building and I am now confident in moving forward to design and build more. This course is easy to follow thanks to Mark’s laid back teaching style which makes it easy and enjoyable to watch and follow. It was great taking my iPad into the garage so I could play the videos before and during each part of the build and repeat if I was unsure of anything.
    Right now I am sad that my first build has come to an end but already looking forward to my next build.
    Keep building. Rock n Roll 🤘🎸🎼

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  3. John Lever

    My Bailey Bandsman

    John Lever

    Sunbathing

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  4. John Lever

    My Bailey Bandsman

    John Lever

    I love the headstock, I modified it to a reverse look. I made a little plastic truss rod cover and installed Gotoh tuners.

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  5. John Lever

    5 out of 5 I finally did it

    John Lever

    After completing the Design your own Guitar course, I used those plans to build my first guitar from scratch. The videos are great and Mark is always really helpful when you email in for any further help with anything. I was excited about making this guitar all the way through each stage and I now want to make another.
    All you need to do this is the tools, parts, patience and the will to do it, the knowledge Mark provides. After that, the sky is the limit. I am now inspired to carry on making guitars and also see what Mark has in store for the future, more courses, more products, just brilliant.
    If you have doubts about doing the course, don’t, just do it, you will feel on top of the world.

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  6. Edwin

    Bandsman Mark 1 headstock rear

    Edwin

    Headstock rear

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  7. Edwin

    Bandsman Mark 1 headstock front

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    Headstock front

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  8. Edwin

    Bandsman Mark 1 heel detail

    Edwin

    Heel detail

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  9. Edwin

    Bandsman Mark 1 front detail

    Edwin

    Front detail

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  10. Edwin

    Bandsman Mark 1 rear

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    Rear view

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  11. Edwin

    Bandsman Mark 1 front

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  12. Edwin

    5 out of 5 Absolutely mind-boggling.....

    Edwin

    If you want to build a guitar, this online course is an absolute must…. Not to mention great fun to just watch 🙂
    The only thing that’s probably better is the actual on-site Build your Own course in Mark’s workshop, which I’ve done twice. But the online course has to be the next best thing!
    I would like to share with you the actual results of watching the course over and over again and some hard labour and toil in my shed and garden…
    I do own the basic power tools, such as a good quality router, a small bandsaw, a decent cordless drill/screwdriver, a random orbital sander and an (as Mark calls it…) Up-and-downer sanding machine (invaluable…). I’ve also made a very simple, yet effective router table.
    As for handtools: a couple of rasps and files, Japanese saws and the basic screwdrivers etc.
    I’ve always been more of a Fender-man, but the Bailey Bandsman design is a nice twist on the LP Junior and after building quite a few bolt-ons, my next challenge was to build a set neck. In comes the online Build your own-course!!
    I’ve ended up with a very nice guitar, worthy of being displayed in a shop window with an at least over 700 quid price tag…… At least, that’s my opinion….
    Specs: Mahogany (khaya) body, purpleheart neck (I love purpleheart…), rosewoord fretboard, Tusq nut, Wilkinson tuners and bridge, Tonerider AC2 humbuckers with coilsplit push-pull switch on the tone control and 010 gauge strings.
    It sounds great, the Junior vibe is certainly there. And it plays like a dream, with an action I can get as low as I want….

    Behold the Bandsman Mark 1….. 🙂

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  13. Tom

    5 out of 5 Problem Solved

    Tom

    Unlike the majority who have completed Mark Bailey’s Build Your Own Guitar course, I had not previously fostered an urge to build my own instrument. Rather, I am a maker who began the course out of necessity to fulfill a brief; my work is building sculpture for the artist David Shrigley, his latest idea being a series of electric and bass guitars for an upcoming exhibition/performance. The guitars were designed as oddities, three-dimensional sketches from the artist’s imagination. For me making things is an obsession; I am fascinated by process, so I began the course with great intrigue and a degree of trepidation.
    It is clear that in these video tutorials many years of experience and learning the hard way have been filtered into an easily-accessible and structured package. Mark is a personable teacher who delivers his lessons with a care for detail. His style would help the beginner get to grips with the basics, but without patronising those with more experience. The segments detailing tools and jigs/patterns are invaluable, and a good deal of preparation time was spent either buying or creating my own versions to carry out the many and varied tasks required during the build. Due to the unique design of the guitars I sometimes strayed from the recommended method, but Mark’s lessons provided an indispensable framework. Having the course at hand to re-watch is a real bonus, and Mark would respond to my emailed questions quickly and with sound advice.
    The four instruments are all single-string, using piezo pickups and Ghost pre-amps; one is fretless and the others are fretted purposefully a little wrong. A mother of pearl inlay has been routed into each headstock, and to complement the rock ‘n’ roll paintwork and scratchplates I found a local French Polisher who gave a mirror shine to the body and necks. Finally, the guitars were fitted into custom flightcases. Often while overcoming certain difficult moments during the build I would glance at the text ‘Problem’ and agree, but I am very pleased the guitars now look, and sound, the business. Job done. Many thanks to all at Bailey Guitars!

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  14. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful
    James Sabbarton

    5 out of 5 From Dream to Reality

    James Sabbarton

    When I first found Mark’s website I was very sceptical; build a guitar online? Nah…but the more I read, the more I started to think that may be, just may be, it was possible; I mean, all the positive reviews and what about the actual guitar pictures? I then watched the sample lessons and that was it, I decided to give it a try. Building a guitar had always been an ambition, but one I had thought was way beyond my capability and I’ve been playing for 45 years…so you can teach an old dog new tricks after all!!!!!

    The genius of Mark Bailey is in his simplistic approach and calm demeanour and that unflinching belief that he can teach anybody to build a guitar; and believe me, he taught me, so he really can teach anybody! in a nutshell, he provides the basics of guitar creation, guides you through the first steps on the way, making the impossible inordinately simple and with a wry knowing smile, he paves the way for you follow and that magical shape slowly emerges. From how to measure properly right through to playing the first chord on your custom, hand made guitar…he’s there.

    The surge of pride and joy I felt when I hit the first chord on that guitar, the guitar I’d built myself, was like nothing I’d ever felt before. I am still slightly numb and it still hasn’t sunk in yet; I have a guitar that plays and sounds like it could have come form Gibson’s Custom Shop…and I built it! But the real genius doesn’t stop there, the end of the course is just the beginning. This knowledge and newly acquired skill doesn’t get given back after the course finishes…it’s yours forever! I now know the alphabet and basic vocabulary of guitar building and in time, I can have any guitar I choose, my ultimate custom guitar is within my grasp and that old dream is now very much a reality.

    Thanks Mark

    Have a beer…………….and a fag…

    I have also attached a short video diary; the music was composed by myself and all the guitar tracks were recorded using the guitar I built!!!!

    YAY!!!!!!!

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  15. John

    5 out of 5 Awesome course!

    John

    For me, the step from building kit guitars to building one made from blocks of wood seemed enormous. I would have liked to attend one of Mark’s build courses, but didn’t have the time, so I signed up for the online build course.

    The course surpassed all of my expectations. Keeping an iPad in my workshop so I could watch a video of each stage before trying a new technique was like having Mark standing beside me every day, offering words of wisdom.

    There’s a build thread here: http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/81428/new-build-inspired-by-baileys-guitar-course/p1

    Great course, great value!

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  16. herbpayne

    5 out of 5 So rewarding - so much fun!

    herbpayne

    There are many glowing reviews of Mark’s “Build Your Own Guitar – Online” course already posted. I have just completed my first guitar at home following this course and what I have achieved on my own using my meagre tools and facilities, thanks to Mark, is an instrument that far exceeds my expectation – IT ROCKS and looks great!
    I heartily endorse all those glowing reviews.
    The carefully explained step-by-step approach is clear (as well as being entertaining) and leads you through the preparation and build processes in a logical progression. It makes what appears to be a daunting task into a series of satisfying bite-sized subtasks.
    Sure, at points along the way I made a few errors but a quick email to Mark (sometimes with a photo) and he always came back promptly with a solution or work-around and shed-loads of encouragement.
    Before I started on this course I completed Mark’s “Design Your Own Guitar – Online” course which also is of a high standard and should be a prerequiste before the build.
    I enjoyed the process so much I eeked it out and made it last longer than I needed to.
    I can’t wait to begin my next build. In fact I have already signed up for Marks’ brand new “Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar – Online”.
    Bring it on!
    I highly recommend Mark’s online and workshop courses.

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  17. One person found this helpful
    David

    Photo Video of my build

    David

    A photo video of the build from design to the completed result.

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  18. One person found this helpful
    David

    Brilliant course

    David

    Quick review of the online course

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  19. Sean

    5 out of 5 Well worth it.

    Sean

    I have really enjoyed both the design your own guitar and build your own guitar online courses.

    Mark is a very good tutor, and comes across really well. It feels like you are in his workshop. No mean feat for online presentation.

    I have followed Mark’s advice and watched each video through once. I now feel confident that I can build my own guitar, and the beauty of it is that I can work at my own pace as and when time permits, going over the information where required.

    The questions that I have had, and it isn’t many as Mark has it all covered, have been answered either online in a message or via email.

    I cannot recommend the courses enough and have signed up for the build your own acoustic course.

    Keep up the hard work Mark.

    Cheers

    Sean

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  20. One person found this helpful
    james.chacewater@gmail.com

    5 out of 5 One of a kind - a perfect course

    james.chacewater@gmail.com

    Having never before used either a bandsaw or router and never having dreamed of carving anything from wood I have just produced a guitar that not only looks and feels like a quality instrument – it sounds amazing too!
    I have dabbled with a kit guitar before which I stripped and used for firewood soon after finishing it such was my success but have always wanted to build a guitar from scratch. I’ve bought several books and scoured the internet over the years but never been confident enough to give it a go. I found Mark’s online course and am so glad I did.
    This is definitely not just a collection of cheaply filmed YouTube videos but more than 70 professionally filmed and edited lessons teaching the process from start to finish in bite sized chunks. Mark shows how he makes a guitar in real time and talks you through the steps in his calm likeable manner. Some modules are quick and easy to digest but others like the neck carving lesson are much longer and more detailed. The ability to watch them several times over before cutting the wood gave me the confidence in my ability although I did practice on scrap wood for some of the more difficult techniques – and was glad I did.
    The amount of information in this course is huge – as well as instructions on how to make a guitar it contains lessons on making some tools and jigs that are needed as well as tips and tricks that Mark has learned over the years that make building and setting up the guitar so effective.
    Armed with this course all you need are a few tools (which I picked up cheaply second hand) a couple of bits of wood 😉 the course goes into great details about the types of woods available, and some hardware available all over the internet. After that it’s all down to you and your ability to follow instructions and take your time – I chose to follow Mark’s instructions almost to the letter as this was my first guitar. In fact the only errors I made were when I went slightly off-piste from his advice!
    I can’t rate this course highly enough and you get so much value for money. Mark’s willingness to answer questions from students which he does very quickly and concisely allows for a really interactive experience and got me out of trouble on a couple of occasions.
    I’m so pleased with the result that I’m already planning the next one – to my design this time – and waiting with baited breath for Mark’s build your own acoustic guitar course.

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  21. gfs

    5 out of 5 Excellent course !! If you want to step into the world of guitar luthier than this is the course to do.

    gfs

    Firstly Mark is a great teacher and lovely chap, he really breaks it all down so you can get a good sense of understanding of the principles of guitar making. Simple and effective. !!!

    I completed the design course and waited with high hopes for the build course to come online.
    I was not disappointed.

    The Course itself is brilliant and very enjoyable, every aspect from the tools to use, to the wood is in here. Mark is always on hand to answer any questions regards to the course and very helpful and willing to explain so you understand.

    I cannot recommend this course highly enough especially if you want to build your own guitar from scratch. Well worth the money. 10 out of 10 !!!!

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  22. Darryl

    5 out of 5 What more do you want?

    Darryl

    Mark makes the beautiful art of the Luthier accessible to anyone. Marks there all the time to help out. Just get in touch if you need him or you have questions he hasn’t covered. He’s 100% behind these courses. It’s a very unique product which I highly recommend to any aspiring luthier.

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  23. One person found this helpful
    Peter_Irvine

    5 out of 5

    Peter_Irvine

    Building a guitar from scratch is a scary thought, but by breaking the process down into easily manageable chunks Mark turns the seemingly impossible into the surprisingly achievable.
    Straightforward and clear instructions combine with excellent camera work to ensure that even a DIY disaster zone like me can attempt a build with confidence.
    Knowing Mark is only an email away for help and advice really is the icing on the cake.
    If you’ve ever wanted to build your own guitar, this course is invaluable.

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    • John

      John

      That’s an interesting piece of wood – what is it?

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      Admin mark bailey

      Looks like Walnut from here…?

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  24. Val

    5 out of 5 Fantastic Course

    Val

    Mark is an absolute fantastic tutor, plain easy to understand and follow. I made an absolute Jem of a guitar when I attended his course at the workshop in May and am now in the process of making one all on my own with the help of his online course. Before I started I couldn’t even mitre a simple joint correctly, but Mark has given me both the confidence and tools/techniques to forge ahead. If you really want to build a guitar from scratch, this course should be top of your parts list.

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  25. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Evangelos

    5 out of 5 Outstanding work! A must do for anyone that is serious about becoming a luthier...

    Evangelos

    In a world where people call themselves a luthier after having assembled a couple of kit guitars, and master luthier after building a handful of them, I would invite everybody who take instrument building seriously to undertake this course. Mark is not just the most experienced guitar builder that I have come across, he is a truly wonderful teacher and communicator. He is down to earth, humble, approachable, sincere, practical and realistic, and will definitely not give you any ‘improvised on the spot’ nonsense when he is not absolutely confident about something. He has built and/or helped others built hundreds of guitars, and I personally haven’t ever read any comment that was not in appreciation of his dedication to instrument making.
    Mark is generous, he does not hold onto special secrets, he shares what he knows, and he knows A LOT!
    As a senior academic who specializes in learning with technology, but also as a guitarist and luthier, I feel very lucky for having had the opportunity to experience Mark’s courses. I have been wanting to do the face to face courses for years now and never managed to balance work and family logistics in order to do so. I literally jumped onto the opportunity to do the online courses, the moment they became available.
    Give Mark’s courses a go, you will not be disappointed, I promise you.
    Although I still haven’t met Mark in person, I consider him to be a good friend, and very grateful for having met him online.

    Dr Evangelos Himonides
    Reader in Technology, Education and Music
    UCL

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  26. David

    5 out of 5 Great course

    David

    All I can say is wow.

    How can something that appears so difficult be made so easy……well with Mark’s expert tuition it does. I have enjoyed making all the jigs, patterns and cauls and I am two thirds into the build. I have enjoyed it so much
    I have booked on to one of Mark’s courses at his workshop.

    This on line course is highly recommended IMOA is worth every penny.

    Update (March 18) – Here are some vids of my builds so far:
    https://youtu.be/cHc6adxdyDw
    https://youtu.be/-wEHVj85QBo
    https://youtu.be/MLHJXezb-7Y
    https://youtu.be/JfsCHEVYdAk
    https://youtu.be/4bpbd0w7x3g

    Dave

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