Guitar Repair & Building
The Guitar Repair & Building program at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing draws students of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world.
Located on Southeast Technical's Red Wing campus, the Guitar Repair & Building program prepares students for a career in lutherie. Experience hands-on learning as you progress from basic repairs to the step-by-step process of building an acoustic guitar!
Beginning with the correct use of power and hand tools, our students gain a thorough understanding of woods, adhesives, history, and materials related to fretted instruments. You will practice a variety of common repairs and learn acoustic and electric guitar set-up, fretwork, finishing, and how to perform neck resets.
No previous woodworking experience or musical ability is required, but successful students are detail-oriented, highly motivated, and have the ability to sit at a workbench and stay focused on their work all day.
- First year guitar students build a flat-top steel string or classical guitar in Guitar Repair & Building and also have the option to build an electric guitar.
- Second year students can choose to build a mandolin or archtop guitar and will also design and build their own acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or mandolin as part of the Guitar Development & Production diploma.
Our graduates are in high demand, working with music stores, independent repair shops, and instrument manufacturers. For more information, visit redwingmusicrepair.org. To become a student, apply for admission to Southeast Technical.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program graduates will be able to:
- Diagnose, adjust, and repair, set ups, action, and intonation.
- Identify and understand parts and materials, and their use and characteristics.
- Safely and accurately use hand and power tools.
- Design and build a string instrument.
- Diagnose, estimate costs, and perform most guitar repairs.
- Perform finishing processes and touch up.
- Use the math, communications, and computer skills needed in lutherie.
- David Vincent earned his certificate from the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery. He has taught at Southeast Technical since 1984. David has built 40 instruments and helped students build over 600 instruments.
- Brian Boedigheimer received his diploma in Guitar Repair and Construction from Red Wing Technical College in 1994. For 12 years he performed service for music stores throughout the St. Croix Valley and began teaching instrument construction in 2000. Brian also worked on designs and built electric guitars with the Benedict Guitar Company. In 2003 he attended the Wood Finishing Technology Program at Dakota County Technical College. Currently he teaches full-time in the String Instrument Repair and Construction Program and in his spare time he designs and builds his own line of instruments.