BASIC COURSE ON CONSTRUCTION OF ELECTRIC GUITAR AND BASS


INITIATION FIRST COURSE: March 2012. (See, because they can start new courses to availability schedules of students and teacher).
SHIFTS: Various times. Every day in the afternoon and Saturday morning.
DURATION: 3 quarters. The course is calculated for the project to one class per week, but can concentrate on two quarters. Look.
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 36 classes (approx)
HOURS: 60 hours
CLASS DURATION: 2 hours
COURSE FEE: 40 euros per class
METHOD OF PAYMENT: The month is paid in advance. The months of 5 classes (depending on the day) pay extra class with a 50% discount.
PLACE: Workshop
VACANCIES: Maximum 4 per group.
REGISTRATION Open
HOW TO REGISTER: In person or web.
CONTACT: www.guillermoburgos.com

Methodology

  • Theoretical and practical classes on the craft of building an electric instrument (guitar or bass).
  • The student can choose the model you like most.
  • The student will work primarily at home or workshop just doing some specific work in class to be supervised by the teacher.
  • The student must bring to class the developments during the week for evaluation and correction.
  • The student will purchase the materials and tools with the advice of the teacher.
  • The student will learn to design and build some specific tools of violin as needed.
  • No previous experience is required for this course.
  • he costs of materials and tools will be distributed along the course, so no need to buy everything at once but as they are needed. As many of them are special and not sold anywhere, the teacher will suggest places where acquiring the best price.
  • There is no age limit for these courses, but will start from the age of 16.

Course content


Part 1 - Design

Designing guitars and solid body bass - construction methods and the different models and features (Telecaster, Stratocaster, Les Paul, SG, Flying and other)- Measures – Concept of vibrant length, calculation of fingerboard and frets - Interpretation and implementation of plans - Possible changes - Relationship between action, neck angle, length and gauge of the strings.

Part 2 - Body Construction

Selection of wood- cutting and gluing of body parts-Using hand tools - Adhesives – clamps. Rib Saw - Japanese Saw - Types-measuring instruments - Power tools, routers and bites - chisels and gouges - Slots and mortises. Slot for the neck - Slot for the Binding. Use of the Dremel tool. Pickups and controls cavities- Flat and carved top.

Part 3 Neck construction

Selecting the woods and cuting the parts - Glued or carved headstock- Gluing technique of the headstock - Headstock Carving - Milling of the cavity for the trussrod- Types of trussrods- Shaping the neck- Termination of the headstock- Milling holes for the tuners - Types of neck section-

Part 4 - Building the fingerboard

Selection of wood - Prepared Fingerboard - Lacing-Types of radios fingerboards - transfer of the measures of the frets - Cuting slots for the frets – Gluing fingerboards - Purfling fingerboards - Inlays - Choice of materials for inlays-Gluing the neck - Study of body / neck alignment - Different Angles.- Making the nut.

Part 5 - Freting

Types frets and selection criteria according to use - Installation - Grinding, and polishing- Recrowning frets-Final sanding / Instrument Ready to be painted - Different finishes : Acrylics, nitros, oil- French polishing or shellac -

Part 6 - electronics, hardware installation and set-up to play

Electronic of the electric guitar- Passive and active circuits- Description of the different circuits – Different types of pickups - Proper installation of the pickup according to their polarity - Shielding – Welding correctly - Wiring and electrical circuit arrangement - Active Circuits - Piezo Bridges - String Types - Selecting the right string for the guitar - Calibration and set up play the instrument - Pickguard - Installing the output plug- Different types of plugs-

Materials and tools required


Lumber

Woods will be selected according to the guitar build.

Tools

The instruments will be built with basic tools and fundamental emphasis on manual labor, even fabricate some tools. Of course you can use the tools in the workshop as large stationary band saw, planer / thicknesser and others.

It is recommended not to buy any tools prior to teacher recommendation. This will give a special class on it and the materials needed.

Some basic tools

Manuals


  • Workbench: In the workshop will work on existing tables, but for home is recommended to have a board of at least 100 cmts long by 60 wide and 2 cmts thick.
  • Thick grain half-round rasp. Large and small (they are used much)
  • Medium grain file
  • Small saw
  • Fine ribsaw
  • Vice
  • Titebond aliphatic glue and Cyanoacrilato
  • Clamps: at least 4 small (20 cmts opening) and 2 large (40 cmts opening) (But, as more as possible)
  • Flat file fine grit for metal
  • Spokeshave
  • Plane
  • Fret file
  • Scrapers straight and curved steel (We´ll fabricate them )
  • Sandpaper (assorted thicknesses)
  • Paints, varnishes and oils. (Time to completion will be chosen as appropriate)
  • Electrical ones:Drill
  • Scroll Saw
  • Milling or Router