Repair Courses - Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

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Course Details

The Guitar Repair Courses offered by the school consists of practical and theoretical training in the repair of fretted acoustic and electric instruments. Four 10 week (300 clock hour) courses are offered during the year with course starting dates in January, March, August and October.  Classes are held Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 3 PM, except holidays.

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The educational objective of these courses is to teach each student the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career as a guitar repair technician. Manual and technical skills learned and accomplished are basic requirements for entry level positions with retail music stores, repair technicians, individual luthiers, and other related guitar repair job opportunities.

Occupational objectives include: music store repair technician, luthier’s apprentice (employee), self-employed guitar tech, touring ‘road technician,’ and other stringed instrument repair related work.

The repair workshop is comprised of individual student workbenches along with instructor’s workbenches. Class size ranges from 8-12 students, with an average ‘Student to Teacher’ ratio of 8 to 1. This ensures that the instructors can provide close supervision and monitoring of students progress on a daily basis. The workshop is equipped with specialized tools, jigs, and clamps for student use.

Power woodworking equipment is located in a Ramada covered area adjacent to the workshop. Students are taught safety and use of this equipment for all milling, sanding, sawing and routing operations. In addition to power equipment and tool inventory provided by the school, students used their own personal tools, designated in the required Student Tool List.


The ten weeks of the Guitar Repair Course are devoted to common and more typical stringed instrument repair training. Stringed instrument repair techniques are taught throughout the duration of the class.


The ten weeks of the Advanced Guitar Repair Course are devoted to advanced detailed stringed instrument repair and instrument restoration training. More in depth repair techniques are taught throughout the duration of the class

*Guitar Repair is a pre-requisite for Advanced Guitar Repair and both of these classes are offered on the class dates listed

Upcoming Classes

FALL  2024  Session 1
July 29, 2024 – October 4, 2024

FALL  2024  Session 2
October 10, 2024 – December 20, 2024

SPRING 2025  Session 1
January 13, 2025 – March 21, 2025 

SPRING 2025 Session 2
March 24, 2025 – May 30, 2025





Guitar Repair Topics Include:

  • Restring
  • General care and cleaning
  • Setups
  • Strap buttons & tuning machines
  • Broken headstock repair (simple)
  • Nuts and saddles
  • Fret work and fretboard
  • Guitar Electronics
  • Acoustic bridge work
  • Acoustic pickguard replacement
  • Acoustic crack repair (minor)
  • Acoustic binding repair
  • Acoustic pickups

Advanced Guitar Repair Topics Include:

  • Setups (Advanced)
  • Install new tuning machines
  • Broken headstock repair (Advanced)
  • Nuts and saddles (Advanced)
  • Fret work and fretboard (Advanced)
  • Guitar Electronics (Advanced)
  • Acoustic bridge work (Advanced)
  • Acoustic pickguard (Advanced)
  • Acoustic Crack Repair (major)
  • Loose Acouctic Braces
  • Neck Resetting – Martin Style dovetail
  • Finish work

Becoming a Professional

During the course, students participate in identifying and searching for a job in guitar making and/or repair. Students receive assistance in writing a resume and cover letter, and can select prospective employers from lists compiled by the school.

Sessions in small business management are also given, to prepare graduates for operating their own lutherie shops or for work in existing music stores. Road touring “tech” work is also covered.

We cannot guarantee job placement, but we are confident that graduates of the school have the basic skills necessary for seeking entry level positions.

Graduate Certificate

Student work is evaluated throughout the course and graded on a percentile as well as a letter grade basis. A “Guitar Repair and/or Advanced Guitar Repair Certificate” is awarded to each student who meet all minimum requirements for graduation. Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery is an accredited member of ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges), licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and is approved for Veterans Training.