Jay Lichty's Advanced Ukulele building course is making headlines! Jay doesn't hold back in this course as he shows you all the tips and tricks he uses to build his world class ukuleles that are sold all over the world. You will learn how to do a zero fret, soundport, arm bevel, cutaway, slotted and bound headstock, bound fretboard, mitered purflings and even how to install a pickup! This course shows how to add all the bells and whistles to your instrument. In the finishing chapter, which can be purchased separately, he shows how to apply a water based finish and level and buff to a high gloss. 
There is something for everyone in this new course , even if you do not build ukuleles you can apply the information to other instruments. See the promo video of the course at the end of this newsletter.

The course has only been available for a couple of months and look what others are saying about it!

This video course is awesome. Every step to build a fully featured tenor ukulele is demonstrated by Jay, one of the best custom builders out there. Robbie O’Brien is a great luthier/videographer and provides his experienced commentary to Jay’s detailed creative process. The chapter on top bracing and voicing alone is worth the price. It’s like being in the shop with 2 master luthiers. And you can almost smell that Brazilian coffee...  Tom

Jay's video is excellent. I learned a lot and am applying some of the principles he teaches on a project right now... Rolando

LOVED the course! Jay was just awesome. Great bloopers! That label pen drip was epic! - Ray


This course is excellent! Robbie’s teaching and speaking skills are already legendary, and his camera work and editing capabilities are highly evident in this video course. The editing alone that must have been required for this course makes my eyes cross to imagine it. As it turns out, Jay is a skilled teacher and speaker as well, whether he knows it or not. I got a taste of Jay’s teaching at the 2014 GAL convention when he demonstrated his side-soundport construction, and his efforts in this course did not disappoint.

Ever since I read Kent Everett’s “The Qualities of Craftsmanship,” I’ve compulsively divided lutherie styles into a spectrum of Dexterity versus Control. Most craftspeople use a combination of both, but most seem to favor one side of the spectrum or the other. To “control” I might add left-brained, jig making, precision measuring, thoughtfulness, and power tools. To “dexterity” I might add right-brained, eye-hand coordination, tactile, intuitive, and hand tools. Of the craftspeople I’m highly familiar with, I would put Charles Fox and Mark Roberts on the far “control” end of the spectrum and Benito Huipe on the far ‘dexterity” end (Benito uses hand tools almost exclusively). And I would put Robbie right in the middle. I personally land somewhere between Robbie and Charles. You can probably easily place yourself on that spectrum. Now that I’ve seen Jay work, I’d put him between Robbie and Benito. Happily, Jay is not such a jig-meister as I am, and he has a get-it-done-directly attitude that I find refreshing and helpful to me personally because I’d like to move a little in that direction. Though I’ve already upgraded my random orbital sander based on a recommendation in the video by Jay. And I was quite surprised when Jay pulled out a vacuum clamp to attach his bridge. But as I mentioned, most craftspeople use both dexterity and control.

As an experienced builder (37 instruments) my expectation from this course was to be entertained, pick up a few tips, and to learn a new skill or two such as arm-bevels, cutaways, peghead binding, bolt-on necks, spray finishing, etc. And I’ve already accomplished the entertainment and tips parts with just one viewing. What I didn’t expect was to actually do every process along with Jay as I think this course was intended. But I’m now planning to do exactly that, and I’m taking the (included) plans on a memory stick to a Staples today to print them out (36” X 24”). Jay does a LOT of things differently than I do, and I want to give most of his methods a try. I think that a novice builder would benefit even more from an experience such as that. And Jay’s direct get-it-done philosophy will keep a novice from getting too bogged down in jig building and tool acquisition. Though I’ve got to say that I found Jay’s use of his Irwin Quick-Grip clamps in his side bending simultaneously brilliant and appalling. Buy the course to see what I mean.

I also loved the Chapter 12 tips and the candid interview with Jay and Corrie. I especially liked their comments on instrument pricing. All in all, I found the course entertaining, useful, and inspiring. I can’t imagine a luthier, experienced or novice, not finding plenty to like about this course. Well worth the price of admission! I spend that amount of money on tools and materials without a second thought. And this course is most certainly a tool.

I’m pretty excited about doing an actual build using Jay’s methods, and I plan to get started almost immediately.

Full disclosure – I consider Jay and Corrie friends. I got to know them both at the last GAL convention, partly because Jay’s table was directly across the aisle from mine. I now know Jay even better after spending something like 15 hours (?) of video in his shop. On the other hand, or the same hand maybe, I consider Robbie a friend too. But that’s not why I love this course.

Thank you Jay and Robbie!
Howard Replogle


The Advanced Ukulele building course with renowned luthier, Jay Lichty, is now available via my site
If you are interested in learning to build guitars or just want
to see how I build my guitars then schedule a class with me.
If you are in need of a concert quality classical or steel string
guitar then let me know as I would love to build a guitar for you.

Thank you,
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