I get a lot of emails from students but recently I received some that were from folks that have built amazing guitars using my online courses as a guide. This guitar built by an online student of mine has a fantastic story behind it.
I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that I just completed my first guitar using your online course. I watched the course all the way through twice before starting my project. I then watched each chapter and lesson again, one by one, as I performed the steps alongside you.
What's really special about this guitar is that I built it as a gift for my father. He has terminal cancer and I wanted him to have something enjoyable. Decades ago, he was quite a player and performer. When he was single, he spent one summer playing and singing in a hotel lounge by night while he worked construction during the day. Years later, his guitar, a 1965 Martin D-35S was stolen out of his car when I was young. Since he was raising 6 kids, he couldn't afford another one for many years. When I was in high school, he bought a very basic, very laminated guitar from a budget store. I played it so much that he rarely had time to pick it up. When I left home, he gave it to me and has been without a guitar now for 25 years.
Although this would be my first guitar build, I was dead set on building something reminiscent of a D-35S. This was one piece of your advice I didn't take. I didn't start simple. That's why I took my time on the project. Between your videos, both the ones I purchased and your Luthier Tips du Jour, as well as advice and materials from LMI, I was able to create this steel string dreadnought with a 3-piece back (Indian Rosewood and a scrap of African Blackwood) as well as a 12 fret neck and slotted headstock. It has some imperfections to be sure, but I'm very happy with it. I was in Utah visiting my family last week and was finally able to present this guitar to my dad. He was so excited and couldn't believe it! His fingers still remembered their way around the frets and he had a big smile on his face.
Thanks again for the opportunity to "study" with you." - Cameron"
Build your guitar with me in 2021. I still have a few spots remaining on my teaching schedule for this year but they are filling fast. If you can't find dates that fit your schedule, let me know and I will try and accommodate your schedule.