Luthier School

Become a guitar maker and have the greatest career in the world

Steve Toscano operates the Sydney Branch of the Australian Guitar Making School at Hornsby NSW.

At the school there is 2 course options available:

Regular all year long weekly guitar making course:

  • Open to all ages above 15 years.
  • Choose your own timbers and design
  • Once enrolled, each session lasts 4 hours, currently costs $110 incl. GST and are paid as you go. Materials are extra and average approx. $700 and are paid as you go as well.
  • Approximately 30 sessions are required to complete your instrument.
  • We do NOT build from kits! Your entire guitar is built from raw materials by YOU
  • All classes are kept to small numbers (6) – you get personal instruction and guidance every step of the way.
  • You will finish this course with your choice of your very own hand built Classical or Steel String guitar,


Advanced Luthiers Course:

Let Steve turn you into a world class luthier

  • Design, and make 2 of each model of guitar (4 guitars total) models available of acoustic guitar include: Steel String, Classical, and Flamenco
        • Niche options available for anyone wanting to focus on a specific guitar type, eg we can do 4 flamenco builds.
  • 3 days per week for 3months of 1 on 1 tuition, plus 12hours a week (3 classes) of nightly group class time. Over 450 hours total tuition time. Condensed intensive options also available
  • Curriculum includes but not limited to: How to choose timbers and other materials, workshop setup, tools and how to maintain them, complete guitar design, practical and theory on different build methods, marketing and advertising setup and support.
  • Excursions to timber yards, mills, and to a professional recording studio to have your guitars recorded.
  • Critique (or your instruments) and discussions with professional guitarists to discuss a guitarists needs in their instrument.
  • Limited availability: only 2 spots available each year.

Price includes EVERYTHING. You will walk away with: professionally drawn up plans of YOUR guitar designs, templates, all jigs/molds etc. 4x completed guitars. Professional recordings. Industry contacts. and most importantly the skills required to be on the way to a career as a professional luthier and guitar designer.

Price: $28500  inc GST

Prerequisite: you must have completed 2x previous guitar builds. You will need to know the basics first.

All interested participants will go through an application process and be vetted for suitability in this course.

Info pack, curriculum, and availability details for the advanced luthiers course available by contacting Steve

All courses are run in the Sydney (Hornsby workshop)

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