Students may choose from two steel string acoustic body styles: dreadnaught or OM, using the school’s templates, patterns, and molds. Students may design their own headstocks, bridges, rosettes, and inlay patterns, subject to instructor approval, or use the school’s existing templates. The electric guitar or bass will be a solid body, flat top instrument, in the students’ choice of set neck or bolt-on configuration. Templates of traditional body styles are available, or the student may design their own, subject to approval.
The finest air-dried woods are made available for the students’ instruments. Wood choices include: mahogany, rosewood, ebony, maple,walnut, spruce, cedar, myrtle, bubinga, koa and other woods. No pre-made or ‘kit’ parts are used for guitar construction. Machine heads,bridges, pickups, and other guitar accessories and components are obtained from leading manufacturers such as: Schaller, Grover, Gotoh, EMG, Seymour Duncan, Sperzel, Hipshot, and others leading manufacturers. Both acoustic and electric guitars receive a clear nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Translucent colors and sunbursts are offered for the electric instruments.
Both project instruments are built simultaneously during the course. A third instrument may be started in the second month, depending on the students’ progress and satisfactory completion of the core requirements.