Due to the current situation, I am forced to suspend the courses for the moment. Hang in there — things will improve soon and we will make some beautiful guitars together! Stay healthy!
You can of course request other dates that suit your plans and travel possibilities. Just drop me a line (no obligations at all): firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the ancient art of guitar making, designing and building the instrument you always dreamt of.
I have put together a hands-on, intensive course on guitar making, in order to make that dream into a reality.
This is how it works:
Your own design
First, you will draw a sketch, using pencil and paper, or a graphics software, or even a napkin. This is art, so anything goes.
Then, with my help, you will refine your concept: You will work on the shape, the ergonomics, the materials, the aesthetics, the style, and the playability.
This usually takes 6 remote, one-on-one, 45-minutes sessions, which we will held via Skype, so it doesn’t matter where you live. If less or more sessions are necessary, that’s okay; some folks have already a clear idea, some others need more time. We will speak in English, Spanish, or Italian.
This process results in the complete blueprint and specifications of your own electric guitar. We will define each detail, even your logo!
All sessions are with me (Leo Lospennato – check my main website: www.LospennatoGuitars.com), and can be held in English, Spanish, Italian, and (if you are a bit patient with me) in German.
Building your guitar
We will work in my workshop, which is located near the Spandau Citadel, in Berlin. It is a ample place with all the machines, tools, and materials that you will need. (Also, it has air conditioning).
You will complete your guitar in five days of work, which prevents us from using some specific techniques that require years of practice to master.
That means that your guitar will be:
- A straighforward, solid-body, flat-top guitar. No semiacoustics, no carved tops (those take weeks to build).
- A guitar with a bolt-on neck. So, no neck-through guitars, which require more complex techniques, and consequently, experience.
- A guitar without painstaking decorative work, like binding, purfling, marquetry, and other techniques more adapted to acoustic guitars.
Each workshop has no more than three participants, so I can give you and your project all the attention you will need.
Ideally, you should take a look at my two books on guitarmaking, of which you get a free copy when you sign up for the course. But you don’t have to.
However, there is one crucial requirement: Even if the process has been designed to be safe, by signing up to the workshop, you agree to: 1) strictly follow my indications in regard to safety, 2) waive my responsibility in case you fail to do so. We want you to travel back home with a beautiful guitar and all your fingers and eyes attached to where they belong, okay?
COVID Situation: I following the official regulations in Germany, which means:
1) We will keep social distancing, mask use when necessary, hand washing, etc.
2) Since my workshop is located in an official school, I must require proof of vaccination via CovPass. No exceptions, no negotiations.
This matter got pretty political, lately, with people claiming to exercise their right not to get vaccinated, or to refuse tests and masks. If you are one of them, that’s fine, but I also exercise my own right to decline your application to the workshop. Again, no exceptions, no negotiations.
We will work five days, consecutive or otherwise (depending on the dates of the seminar) but each day from 1pm to 7pm. This leaves you the mornings free, so you can have a relaxed breakfast and visit the city attractions (museums, historical places, etc.), and go for a fine dinner afterwards–if you got any energy left! 🙂
Send me a short email to email@example.com with your questions, or tell me what kind of guitar you have in mind. Details don’t matter much at this point; you will define that in time.
Now is time for inspiration!