The Art of The Archtop

One-on-One Master Class

  • Proud student Pablo Valle and his baby
  • The tricky business of bending sides
  • Fun with planes
  • Jake Booth chiseling the neck joint. Not for the faint of heart.
  • Checking the neck joint
  • Elation

About the course

If you have dreamed of building an archtop guitar but were afraid you lacked the tools or skill, now is your chance to learn from a master. With Wyatt’s Art of the Archtop course, you will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with a world-class luthier. Wyatt will guide you as you plane, chisel, rout and feel your way through the process of building your very own archtop. Wyatt’s student, Jake Booth, has put together this very detailed blog¬†http://thelostarchtop.blogspot.com/¬†that should give you a good feel for the process.

The cost of the course is USD $5,500 and includes all of your wood and basic hardware. Students are responsible for procuring their own case.

View Your Course Kit here

Please note that this is an advanced course. I ideally you will have built a flattop guitar or other stringed instrument already, or at least have a background in woodworking. Experience with power tools is essential, while familiarity with planes and chisels would be helpful.

Wyatt’s shop is set in the heart of the Comox Valley, close to the sea and mountains of mid-Vancouver Island. In nearby Courtenay, Cumberland, and Comox, you will find a variety of shops and restaurants catering to every taste. The Valley is home to many wineries and plays host to musical and cultural festivals throughout the year. Students are responsible for finding their own transportation and accommodation. Please contact us for more information on how to get to the Comox Valley and how to locate accommodation.