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.

R-V students make at least one electric and one acoustic guitar during the 20-week Guitar Making & Repair Course,  and more if they continue on with our advanced opportunities. We will post photos of our Spring 2021 Class instruments in the Student-Made Guitar Gallery soon, but for now, here are some examples of their excellent work:

 

For over 40 years we have been teaching students what they need to enter the world of professional guitar making and repair. Roberto-Venn Alumni – Help us, your classmates and future grads by filling out our Alumni Questionnaire

R-V Alumni Job Opportunities:

Recently we’ve shared these employment opportunities through our Graduate Bulletin, on our Alumni Job Opportunities Page, and on our Facebook Page:

Moser Guitars – Prescott Valley, AZ
Guitar Center – Nationwide
Gibson Brands, Inc. – Nashville, TN
Third Coast Guitar – Chicago, IL
Heid Music – Madison, WI
Bourgeois Guitars – Lewiston, ME
Paul Reed Smith Guitars – Stevensville, MD
Silesia Guitars – Seattle, WA
Ripcord Guitars – Fountain Hills, AZ
Fret Mill Music Co. – Roanoke, VA
James Hood Guitar Repair – Oceanside, CA
Sonoma County Guitarworks, Sonoma County, CA
Fender Musical Instruments – Corona, CA
Instrumental Music Center – Tucson, AZ
Palmer Music Company – Conway, AR
Beard Guitars – Hagerstown, MD
Porter Barn Wood – Phoenix, AZ

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery to help build your workforce.

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Thanks,

The Roberto-Venn Faculty

 

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 out our Alumni Questionnaire

Shop Life

Our Spring Class of 2021 has turned in their electric guitars for grading and the acoustics are finishing up soon. We’ve got a great mix of traditional and modern designs happening, and these folks are really doing great work! Here are just a few examples of the electrics, but you can check out what’s happening on a daily basis by visiting our Instagram and Facebook pages. We will eventually post all of the electric and acoustic guitars, from our Spring 2021 Class, in our Student Galleries. Photos by R-V instructor Steven Davis.

A Special “Shout Out” to our very own John Reuter (R-V’s Director of Training) on the completion of a brand new Garcia Wolf Guitar. He’s got several more guitars in progress, and it’s good to see him building these electrics again!

Recent Visitors to R-V:

John Eaton – Owner of Woodsong’s Lutherie in Boulder, Co. and brother to William Eaton our School Director.

Jason Kostal – Kostal Guitars (R-V Spring Class 2006).

John Thomas – Author of “Kalamazoo Gals” and field editor editor and frequent contributor to Fretboard Journal.

Antoine Gedroyc – Photographer and Guitar Aficionado.

Jeff Hoffee – Hoffee Carbon Fiber Cases.

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Paul Reed Smith Guitars – Maryland
– Mule Resophonic Guitars – Michigan
– Bourgeois Guitars – Maine 
– ESP Guitars – California 
– Fender – California & Arizona
– Gibson Guitars – Tennessee & Montana
– Andrew’s Fine Violins – Arizona
– Guitar Center – Nationwide

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

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 contribution to our industry, and we are very proud of there work. It’s hard to feature everyone, so please visit these Alumni pages to discover some of the notable talent that has come through our school.

Roberto-Venn Alumni – Help us, your classmates and and future grads by filling out our Alumni Questionnaire

Road Tech Class

The instructor for this course is Joe Vallee, who has 25 years’ experience as a Road Tech for the Doobie Brothers, and has worked for Willie Nelson, Nokie Edwards and others. Joe was recently featured in The Tone Quest Report. In this workshop you will learn some tricks of the trade and what it takes to get into road tech work. Classes will be a mixture of lecture and hands on activities including making an instrument cable, amp speaker testing and more. Students will also receive a starter Road Tech Kit. This class is open to the public, and Joe is a really interesting and fun instructor. You’ll learn so much more than what is outlined in the course description, from a great guy who knows this industry from the inside out.

Shop Life

Our Spring Class of 2021 is really moving along these days. They’re carving acoustic necks and their electric builds are in the spray booth. We’ve got a great mix of traditional and modern designs happening, and these folks are really doing nice work. Here are a few photos, but you can check out what’s happening on a daily basis by visiting our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Paul Reed Smith Guitars – Maryland
– Mule Resophonic Guitars – Michigan
– Bourgeois Guitars – Maine 
– ESP Guitars – California 
– Fender – California
– Silesia Guitars – Washington
– Fret Mill Music Co. – Virginia
– Guitar Center – Nationwide

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

Linda Lesperance from Gibson Guitars visits our Spring 2021 Class

Browse our website for more info on our 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

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 classic “Tweed Style” amp build where you will learn soldering techniques, general amp circuit theory and an overview of what makes the “5E3” circuit a ubiquitous blueprint for countless amplifiers.

You will spend two days with our instructors who will guide you through the build, explain amp circuit concepts, and basic electronics. You will be soldering, assembling and genuinely getting your hands inside an amplifier. By the end of this two-day workshop, you will have hand wired your very own tube amp to enjoy for years to come and have a better understanding of what makes a tube amp so special. This is popular class, so claim your spot today.

LAP STEEL CONSTRUCTION COURSE

The Lap Steel Construction Course includes: lecture, demonstration and hands on experience in the construction of a lap steel guitar. Students will have the option of two models and will end up with a fully functioning lap steel. Students have the option of designing their own body shape or working from several pre-existing templates. All lap steel projects will be a 23 inch scale length. What’s cool about this workshop is that it teaches you how to build something that can be done at home in a minimal shop environment.

Roberto Venn lap Steel video thumb Upcoming Specialty Classes

GUITAR EFFECT PEDAL – SERIES

The Roberto-Venn Guitar Effect Pedal Series is journey into analog effect pedals taught over five weekends.  The student may elect to attend the entire series or individual weekend seminars.  Each weekend seminar consists of twenty hours of instruction including a lecture on Friday evenings followed by hands-on training on Saturday and Sunday.

An introductory seminar in basic electronics is the first in the series. All students take this seminar to acquire the electronics knowledge required for success in the following seminars.  The student will be given a list of tools to purchase for this class that will be used in all other pedal classes.

Roberto Venn Guitart Effect Pedal Series Upcoming Specialty Classes

ADVANCED GUITAR MAKING

These three individual Advanced Guitar Making (10-week) courses will help to advance your building knowledge and woodworking skills. These courses are available to students that have graduated the 20 week guitar building program.

– The Archtop guitar building course students will build a Benedetto or Gibson style archtop guitar.
– The Resonator guitar building course students will build Dobro or National style resonator guitar.
– The neck-through building course students will build a neck-through guitar or bass guitar.

Roberto Venn Advanced Guitar Making Upcoming Specialty Classes

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Mule Resophonic Guitars – Saginaw, Michigan
– Bourgeois Guitars – Lewiston, ME
– ESP Guitars – North Hollywood, CA
– Fender – Corona, CA
– Ripcord Guitars – Fountain Hills, AZ
– Silesia Guitars – Seattle, WA
– Fret Mill Music Co. – Roanoke, VA
– Guitar Center – Nationwide

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

Browse our website for more info on our 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

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 with fretwork, set-ups and so much more… We’re definitely in the thick of it now. Snapshots of Luthiery life at R-V brought to you by Steven Davis  John Lippi and Joe Vallee.

Pickup Winding with Rob Timmons of Arcane Inc.

Roberto-Venn’s Pickup Winding Workshop is one of our most popular Specialty Classes. It’s held twice a year, and students receive top-notch instruction from Rob Timmons. Rob is a Roberto-Venn graduate and noted pickup making expert from Arcane Inc. in Los Angeles, CA.

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Pisgah Banjo Company – Fairview, NC
– Bourgeois Guitars – Lewiston, ME
– ESP Guitars – North Hollywood, CA
– Fender – Corona, CA
– Sonoma County Guitarworks – CA
– Guitar Center – Nationwide

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

Browse our website for more info on our 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

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 a lot to do.

To stay in tune and in time with the instructor demonstrations, our students must adhere to an efficient and consistent work ethic. Guitar Making & Repair can be demanding, especially when things go wrong. But, this is also the best place to learn how to fix those inevitable mistakes, and if you have to remake something, it usually goes much quicker the second time around. Snapshots of Luthiery life at R-V brought to you by Steven Davis and John Lippi:

Eisenberg Instruments at Roberto-Venn

Steve Eisenberg, an R-V graduate and guitar company owner/luthier, dropped in to talk Instrument Design, Marketing and Business with our students. It’s great when our alumni visit. They can offer up advice and experience to our students from the perspective of being out there in the industry – https://eisenberginstruments.com

Jon Rauhouse Lap Steel Demonstration

We’re always delighted when Jon stops in to show our students the power, the magic and the beauty of lap steel guitar. Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Billy Bob Thorton’s Boxmasters, Jakob Dylan, and many more) was recently featured in “Arizona’s 40 Most Influential Musicians” listed by The Phoenix New Times

Check out this fantastic video – A Reuter Acoustic Lap Slide Guitar For Rauhouse

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Pisgah Banjo Company – Fairview, NC
– Blackbird Guitars – San Francisco, CA
– Allparts Music – Houston, TX
– Fender – Corona, CA
– Sonoma County Guitarworks, CA
– Guitar Center – Scottsdale, AZ

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

Browse our website for more info on our 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

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 our Fall 2020 grads are continuing their education upstairs at R-V, with Robert “Mudd” Mazzullo, for the 10-week Intensive Repair Course. So, that’s very cool.

Our new students hit the ground running on day one. They’ve already started to make the neck and tail blocks for their acoustics, picked out wood for their acoustic and electric guitars, designed their electrics, made templates from their drawings, began to fit and seam their acoustic tops an more… Plus, our school director, William Eaton, and our chief electric instructor, Steven Davis, gave a guitar design lecture. This is demanding, yet rewarding work. Snapshots of week one brought to you by Steven Davis and John Lippi:

Guitar Pedal Series – Rangemaster Video

Here’s some information on Roberto-Venn’s Guitar Effect Pedal Series, specifically the Rangemaster seminar. This isn’t your typical pedal video; it delves into the educational process behind the build. Most folks can buy a pedal or amp kit and put it together, but here at R-V we strive to teach you how and why things work, and we do it in a safe and controlled environment with expert supervision. Jim Kramer is a knowledgeable and thoughtful instructor. We hope you enjoy the first video in this series. Watch it here.

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Gibson Guitars – Nashville, TN
– Blackbird Guitars – San Francisco, CA.
– Midwood Guitar Studio – Charlotte, NC
– Allparts Music – Houston, TX
– Palmer Music Company – Conway, AR
– Beard Guitars – Hagerstown, MD
– Guitar Center – Scottsdale, AZ

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

Browse our website for more info on our 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

 

If you build it, they will strum!

Our Fall 2020 Class graduates. Check out their guitars here. Students make at least one electric and one acoustic guitar during our 20-week Guitar Making & Repair Course.

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our Facebook page for these companies:

– Gibson Guitars – Nashville, TN
– Blackbird Guitars – San Francisco, CA.
– Midwood Guitar Studio – Charlotte, NC
– Allparts Music – Houston, TX
– Palmer Music Company – Conway, AR
– Beard Guitars – Hagerstown, MD
– Guitar Center – Scottsdale, AZ

If you have a job opening and want us to share it through our network visit our Employer Job Opportunities Page, share your info and we’ll help you spread the word. Connecting qualified graduates with good employers helps us all. Look to us to help build your workforce.

Browse our website for more info on our 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

 

The Fall 2020 acoustic guitars are done! This is a great accomplishment, especially the first time around. Students make at least one electric and one acoustic guitar during our 20-week Guitar Making & Repair Course. We recently showed you a few of their electrics, so here are a few of the acoustics:

Alumni Visit Via Zoom

Some of our grads and advisors talked to our upcoming 2021 Spring Class. This session was hosted by our school director William Eaton and special guests included:

1. Jon Eaton & Crew – Advisor and various grads – Woodsong’s Lutherie, Boulder, Co
2. Joe Contento – Spring Class 2020 – Gibson Guitars, Nashville, TN
3. Preston Moore – Fall Class 2019 – Tetelestai Guitars, Phoenix, AZ
4. Nikki Walters – Spring Class 2013 – Nikki’s Guitar Shop, Mesa, AZ
5. Ryan Lynn – Spring Class 1999 – East Side Guitar Repair, Portland, OR
6. Brady Shreeve – Current student – Fall Class 2020

Click here for more information on R-V Alumni

Road Tech Lecture

Joe Vallee, longtime R-V Instructor and Guitar Tech for The Doobie Brothers, addresses the ins and outs of life on the road with an iconic band. He also talks about “sweaty van tours” and making your way up the ladder into the roadie big leagues, the logistics of working a large arena or stadium shows, and what it takes to work as a team with the various departments outside of “guitar world” while touring. Setting up and maintaining guitars is just one part of a much bigger picture. There’s a lot of tech involved beyond the guitar, a lot of of long hours with protocols wrapped in scheduling… It’s not a big party. It’s a lot of hard work, but it can take you all over the world.

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our social media pages for these companies:

  • Blackbird Guitars – San Francisco, CA.
  • Allparts Music – Houston, TX
  • Guitar Center – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Porter Barn Wood – Phoenix, AZ
  • Gibson Guitars – Nashville, TN

If you’ve got an employment opportunity and want us to share it through our grad network and on social media visit our Employer Job Opportunities page.

Browse our website for more info on our Spring 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty

 

The student acoustics are in the final stages of the assembly process. After several months of hard work, there’s nothing like stringing up an acoustic guitar an hearing that first chord ring… R-V student guitars are handmade and built from seasoned tone-woods over the course of 20 weeks. For more information check out the Guitar Making & Repair Course – details page.

A Special Hand-Made Guitar Exhibit and Graduation Ceremony

This year’s Socially Distanced Graduation Ceremony begins (promptly) at 1pm on Friday 1/29/21. Because of COVID-19, this is a private event, but it will be accessible online through Zoom: Meeting ID: 946 651 4047 – Passcode: s21grads – Zoom Tutorial

Although this event will be different than usual, we still look forward to this graduation ceremony and honoring our Fall 2020 Class for the work they’ve accomplished. This class, like our Spring class, has been a story of community, collaboration, education and guitars. We made this happen as a team. Congratulations!

Graduate News: Kretzmann Guitar Company

“Hello R-V, I am pretty excited that I am now starting a new path for myself and a new iteration of Kretzmann Guitar Company. I moved my family out to a rural part of Wisconsin this last Spring and secured a new and permanent home for my guitar operations.

I am doing occasional custom builds and repairs out of my shop and am working with a manufacturer to produce an affordable line of solid body electric guitars that I am taking pre-orders for now and expecting delivery in Mid-March… Once I receive them, I am doing customizations, upgrades, etc at customer request. I am calling this my Tactical line because of the Military/Law Enforcement inspired styling and will be partnering soon with a Non-Profit that works with Veterans who uses music as therapy dealing with PTSD.

My time at R/V was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and am a proud Alum. Thanks,

Martin Kretzmann, Spring Class of 2003″

Check out Martin’s efforts. We wish him the best of luck!

Employment Opportunities

Recently we’ve shared employment opportunities through our graduate bulletin and on our social media pages for these companies:

  • Blackbird Guitars – San Francisco, CA.
  • Fender Musical Instruments – Corona, CA
  • Allparts Music – Houston, TX
  • Guitar Center – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Porter Barn Wood – Phoenix, AZ
  • Gibson Guitars – Nashville, TN

If you’ve got an employment opportunity and want us to share it through our grad network and on social media visit our Employer Job Opportunities page.

Browse our website for more info on our Spring 2021 classes and COVID-19 School Plan. Stay healthy and be safe.

Thanks – The Roberto-Venn Faculty