Custom Build Your Own Guitar 2024 – your choice !



Full custom build Sat-Sat ( inc one day off)

INCLUDES a Zoom  design meeting, and a T-Shirt or Hat or Apron !
Dates available in August, October or November

Only 2 places available on each course

Final Dates to be agreed with you
Reserve your place- Booking fee only !



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Our incredible CUSTOM BYO course – start with a full scale drawing and work through your own design needs with Mark …then BUILD IT

About This Course

This is a longer course – which will enable students to build a totally custom guitar from scratch and in one visit if preferred (Sat-Sat with one day off). The number of course days will finally depend on the spec/design but starts from 7.5 days to build a fair range of custom bolt on or set necks

Thru necks are possible in one trip but we would need to prep more (eg pre glued neck laminates) and will restrict range of other customisations

This is a course for people with a bigger budget, who want a guitar with more extras, and want to make it in one hit (but are less interested in the theory )

COST: base price from £1758 PLUS any upgrade to wood /parts /finish

There is still a limit to what can be achieved in the time, but it is possible to do a carve top and a trem on this course
Price of parts etc may increase during 2024 – we will highlight any cost implications with students

Spray finishes are not possible in the week – we offer a choice of oils/wipe on finishes – but we can arrange with you for the guitar to be delivered.

We will discuss all the spec details before you come and our design checklist will outline what is included in the fees

The base price includes a “kit” with a choice of high quality materials and parts, but does NOT include upgrades, OR accommodation. All daily refreshments are included

On average Deluxe CBYO guitars have cost around £2.8-3.5k (inc B&B etc) – but it is possible to spend more on upgrades, extras and hardware !

NOTE: People who have very complex specs,  e.g. full neck inlays, plus carves, trems, bindings etc. can also take extra days on other course dates.

This is the course for those who want more scope for customisation and to make guitars with some extra spec items – eg own designs, carve top , trem, inlays(from a couple of hours to days !), custom wiring etc .  The base price is more than standard BYO courses, but this reflects the intensive nature of this course, and a higher base “kit” spec

We will ask for a deposit of at least 25% to turn the reservation into a firm booking – at least two months before the course starts or when it is fully booked, and the full balance (plus any upgrades) is payable before the end of the course. Payments can be made in regular installments or lumps, by a variety of methods – please ask for more info

Deposits/are only kept if course places are cancelled within a month of the start date and the place cannot be filled – we are happy to transfer the booking to other dates

Accommodation : there are many options locally (including rooms attached to the workshop!). ASK if you wish to bring a partner, family or friend  – we can recommend a variety of different accommodation. Self catering accommodation for groups and families also available locally

Additional information

Course Dates

Aug, Oct, Nov


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