I studied guitar making at the Totnes school of Guitarmaking under the watchful eye of the marvellous Phil Messer. The course is a fantastic way to spend three months and the amount of knowledge that’s available seems endless to me. I dreamt of making my own guitar for years before finally deciding to go for it, I loved every minute and couldn’t have imagined how incredible my finished guitar would be.

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The really scary bit is tackling your first guitar and realising, countless times, that Phil isn’t there to ask advice. Strangely for me, the learning had seeped into my brain and you learn to trust yourself, with Phil’s wise words reappearing at crucial moments.

Going from design:

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To construction:

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To a finished guitar:

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Is very satisfying.