The Apprentice Program offers the right person a chance to work in the shop for months at a time building his or her own guitars, doing repairs, and occasionally assisting in the school. The apprentice lives in the shop apartment, keeps his/her own schedule, and chooses which instruments within the guitar family to build, all of which he keeps. The Basic Building Course is prerequisite.

Benefits for the student include a marketable body of work, an equally marketable journeyman’s level of skill, and years saved in acquiring the knowledge and technique necessary for professional work.

The length of the program is variable, as are starting dates, and payment schedules.  Six months of study is the shortest commitment possible.

The cost of the program is $1500 per month which pays for housing, heat, electricity, Wi-Fi and shop-space. The cost of materials is the apprentice's responsibility. 

Please contact the school for more details and to apply. 

I was very pleased with my experience in the combined repair/building course. I found the repair course to be a great introduction to many of the techniques and tools we would later use in the building course. I felt very comfortable during final assembly and setup as a result. The repair course also gave me a week on campus to play several different instruments and ask lots of questions about them, so that when we started the building course, I was able to make confident choices regarding body style, woods, and other options.
— Craig S., Pacifica, CA
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