Entries by John Lippi

Fall 2021 Moving Forward

Our Fall 2021 Guitar Making & Repair Classes Continue Our Fall 2020 students are wrapping up their builds and getting them into the spray booth. The finishing process is fairly deep and time consuming, especially for a beginner. Once they’ve got the adequate amount of lacquer on them, and they’re flat, the instruments cure for […]

Graduate Spotlight: Paul Waller – Master Builder – Fender Custom Shop

A few years ago, I visited Fender Musical Instruments in Corona, CA to do an on-camera interview with Paul Waller. Paul graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2000. He joined Fender in 2003. He spent two years working closely with master arch-top craftsman Bob Benedetto, and became steeped in the many facets of building techniques from all […]

Fall 2021 Begins

WELCOME TO ROBERTO-VENN Our Fall 2021 Guitar Making & Repair classes are underway. Students hit the ground running on day one. They’ve already started making the neck and tail blocks for their acoustics, and picked out wood for their builds. They’re designing their electric guitars, prepping fretboards, and seaming tops. Upstairs, the advance repair and build […]

Our Spring 2021 Classes Move Forward…

If You Build It, They Will Strum! Our Spring 2021 Guitar Making & Repair class will graduate on Friday June 25th at 1pm. Soon after, our Advanced Building and Repair classes will also move forward. What a great group of students, we certainly wish them the best, and we are always available for continued support. […]

Baldacci Guitars, Shop Life and Recent Visitors!

Baldacci Guitars – Mesa, AZ Conner Baldacci (R-V Fall Class 2016) stopped by Roberto-Venn to do a video interview with our Media Director John Lippi. They talked about Baldacci Guitars flagship model, the Big Horn series, their custom Dark Moon pickups and more. Check that out here: Roberto-Venn Alumni – Help us, your classmates and future grads by filling […]

Featured Alumni, Guitar Road Tech Class and Shop Life

Featured Alumni Students have traveled from every continent except Antarctica to attend our guitar making and repair program. Our graduates have branched into employment and entrepreneurial startups in guitar making, guitar repair, road tech work, and many other lutherie related occupations. Here are just some of our Featured Alumni. These folks have made a substantial […]

Upcoming Specialty Classes

MOJOTONE TUBE AMP BUILD WORKSHOP The Mojotone Tube Amp Build Workshop is an engaging and informative two-day full immersion experience where you will build a hand-wired 5E3 Tweed Style Deluxe. Hosted at the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery and lead by Mojotone’s Production and Tech Manager Andy Johnson, this two-day program will take you through a […]

Guitar Making, Guitar Repair and Pickup Winding with Rob Timmons of Arcane Inc.

Guitar Making & Repair Our Spring 2021 Guitar Making & Repair Class has started to carve their acoustic braces and electric guitar necks. They’re fitting their acoustic backs to their frames. Plus, they’re routing neck pockets and cavities in their electrics. They’ve also received their first round of grades. Our Guitar Repair (10 Week Intensive) Class is busy […]

Spring Class 2021 – Eisenberg Instruments – Jon Rauhouse Lap Steel Demo

Our Spring Class 2021 Moves Forward After a few weeks, these folks are “cruising in the demo lane”… They’re bracing their acoustic tops and backs, carving back braces, installing kerfing and side strips, shaping their electric bodies and necks, gluing on fretboards and so much more. It’s becoming a balancing act at this point. There’s […]

Spring Class 2021 Begins…

We Welcome Our New Students The Spring Class of 2021 started up this week. As we welcome a new crop of guitar enthusiasts to our little corner of the world, we say farewell to some of our Fall 2020 students as they move forward through the universe of guitar making and repair. Actually, several of […]