Classical Guitar Building

Learn all the techniques and skills needed to make a concert quality classical guitar! Whether you are just starting or have already built many classical guitars, this course has something for everyone.

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Welcome to the Robert O’Brien Online Classical Guitar Building Course. In this course Robert shows in great detail how to build your own traditional classical guitar from beginning to end. The chapter on French polish finishing alone is worth the price of the entire course.

The complete course price includes free downloadable plans for O’Brien’s classical guitar design, his guitar mold used for building the guitar and detailed set up instructions. All were professionally drawn specifically for his online course.

If you buy the complete course you also get free bonus videos on the following topics:

You also become eligible to join Robert’s invitation only chat group. Here he offers advice and support as you build. There is a wealth of information available to you for free!

If you have ever wanted to learn how to build your own high end classical guitar then Robert’s Online Classical Guitar Building Course is a must!

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Construction Notes for Classical Guitar

An in-depth, step by step, handbook designed as a companion to my “Online Classical Guitar Building Course”. It has over 150 pages of detailed instructions and each chapter contains hyperlinks to all of the lessons in my online course as well as links to my free YouTube “Luthier Tips du Jour” instructional videos. Free to download.

"I was the first person to purchase Robbie’s first online course “Classical Guitar Building” It feels as though Robbie is still right there, supporting me every step of the way. His in-depth step by step video programs are amazing and his style of building make it so easy to follow. It makes for a very pleasant building experience. I continue to purchase his online courses when ever a new one arrives online. I am now a full time builder and love when my instruments are played all over the world. Thanks Robbie for being such a great friend, an amazing teacher and mentoring me into the luthier I am today. " Heidi in Canada
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"I was the first person to purchase Robbie’s first online course “Classical Guitar Building” It feels as though Robbie is still right there, supporting me every step of the way. His in-depth step by step video programs are amazing and his style of building make it so easy to follow. It makes for a very pleasant building experience. I continue to purchase his online courses when ever a new one arrives online. I am now a full time builder and love when my instruments are played all over the world. Thanks Robbie for being such a great friend, an amazing teacher and mentoring me into the luthier I am today. " Heidi in Canada
I purchased your online courses for classical and steel string guitars. In my opinion these are the best guitar-building instructional materials (video or written) available anywhere. Every step is explained and demonstrated in intricate detail. Your teaching style has a way of reducing stress and making the entire process an enjoyable journey, and the end result is a really great guitar! Jim
I just finished my 3rd classical guitar using your online course.The course is terrific! Thanks again for teaching me how to make guitars. Steve in Minnesota
Chapter 1 • The Neck
2:04:20 $22.50 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: Layout and cut the scarf joint 8:07
Lesson 2: Cleaning up scarf joint 7:01
Lesson 3: Gluing the scarf joint 6:17
Lesson 4: Thicknessing the peghead 9:44
Lesson 5: Scale layout 10:41
Lesson 6: Gluing peghead veneers 9:13
Lesson 7: The heel block 6:48
Lesson 8: Slotting the heel 8:04
Lesson 9: Shaping the peghead 12:31
Lesson 10: Drilling tuner holes 6:50
Lesson 11: Cutting out tuner slots 7:38
Lesson 12: Top relief on heel block 5:21
Lesson 13: Shaping heel and tapering neck 9:01
Lesson 14: Sealing heel block 5:07
Lesson 15: Carving the peghead 13:57
Chapter 2 • The Sides
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Lesson 1: Thicknessing the sides 13:20
Lesson 2: More thicknessing 4:59
Lesson 3: Layout and taper of sides 13:41
Lesson 4: Bending the sides 15:00
Lesson 5: The End Block 8:26
Lesson 6: Cutting sides to length 7:07
Lesson 7: Gluing sides to end block 6:04
Lesson 8: Attaching the Neck 10:22
Lesson 9: Sanding and scraping 6:40
Lesson 10: Radiusing the sides 13:06
Lesson 11: Kerfing 15:00
Chapter 3 • The End Wedge
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Lesson 1: Making the end wedge 8:55
Lesson 2: Installing the end wedge 14:58
Lesson 3: Scraping the end wedge 5:01
Chapter 4 • The Top
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Lesson 1: Intro to making the top 3:43
Lesson 2: Joining the top 12:39
Lesson 3: Prepping top for rosette 9:23
Lesson 4: Sharpening and setting up The LMI cicrcle cutter 8:43
Lesson 5: Cutting the rosette channel by hand 13:16
Lesson 6: Installing the rosette 9:06
Lesson 7: Cutting rosette channel with a laminate trimmer 9:25
Lesson 8: Leveling the rosette 5:06
Lesson 9: Thicknessing the Top 8:28
Lesson 10: Graduating the top thickness 8:42
Lesson 11: Cutting out the soundhole 7:13
Lesson 12: The Bridge Patch 14:05
Lesson 13: Planing The Bridge Patch 3:18
Lesson 14: The Bracing Process Discussed 4:30
Lesson 15: Making Fan Braces 8:54
Lesson 16: Notching the Fan Braces 10:27
Lesson 17: Gluing the Fan Braces 9:14
Lesson 18: Shaping the Fan Braces 13:57
Lesson 19: Harmonic Bars 6:13
Lesson 20: Transverse Braces 11:19
Lesson 21: Soundhole bracing take three 4:55
Lesson 22: The finished top 5:49
Lesson 23: Spruce vs. Cedar 3:59
Chapter 5 • The Back
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Lesson 1: Thicknessing the back 6:29
Lesson 2: Joining the back 8:37
Lesson 3: Back centerstrip 14:59
Lesson 4: Making back braces 3:38
Lesson 5: Positioning back braces 9:46
Lesson 6: Radiusing the back braces 9:21
Lesson 7: Gluing back braces 7:21
Chapter 6 • Closing the Box
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Lesson 1: Kerfing prep 9:26
Lesson 2: Fitting the top 14:14
Lesson 3: Fitting the top (cont.) 13:42
Lesson 4: Fitting the back 14:08
Lesson 5: Fitting the back (cont.) 9:02
Lesson 6: Gluing the back 10:14
Lesson 7: Gluing the back (cont.) 12:03
Lesson 8: Installing the label 3:53
Lesson 9: Gluing the Top 5:38
Lesson 10: Flush trimming 4:26
Chapter 7 • Bindings
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Lesson 1: Setting up the binding jig 5:43
Lesson 2: Setting up the cutter 8:19
Lesson 3: Cutting the Binding channel 13:28
Lesson 4: Bending the Bindings 11:38
Lesson 5: Binding channel prep at neck joint 11:28
Lesson 6: Binding channel prep at neck joint (cont.) 8:26
Lesson 7: Installing Top Bindings 15:51
Lesson 8: Installing Top Bindings (Cont.) 18:45
Lesson 9: Installing Back Bindings 20:50
Lesson 10: Scraping Bindings 11:10
Lesson 11: Scraping Top and Side Bindings 12:42
Chapter 8 • The Fretboard
58:36 $16.50 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: Slotting the fretboard 14:06
Lesson 2: Tapering the fretboard 8:54
Lesson 3: Thicknessing the fretboard 16:17
Lesson 4: Positioning the fretboard 8:14
Lesson 5: Attaching the fretboard 11:05
Chapter 9 • Neck Shaping
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Lesson 1: The Heel Cap 7:08
Lesson 2: Shaping the heel 16:30
Lesson 3: Shaping the heel (cont.) 12:16
Lesson 4: Neck width 11:55
Lesson 5: Neck Thickness 6:09
Lesson 6: Neck radius 13:48
Lesson 7: Neck radius (cont.) 10:21
Lesson 8: Transition into Heel 5:16
Lesson 9: Transition into Peghead 6:30
Lesson 10: Final Shaping 8:02
Chapter 10 • Installing Frets
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Lesson 1: Leveling the fretboard 12:22
Lesson 2: Installing the Frets 16:41
Lesson 3: Installing the Frets (cont.) 20:29
Lesson 4: Completing Fret Installation 13:30
Chapter 11 • The Bridge
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Lesson 1: Bridge Design 3:03
Lesson 2: Bridge Dimensions 9:58
Lesson 3: Rough Slotting 11:18
Lesson 4: Bridge Radius 6:34
Lesson 5: Shaping the Wings 10:43
Lesson 6: Tie Block Bone 9:31
Lesson 7: Drilling Holes 14:03
Lesson 8: Sanding 9:34
Lesson 9: Beveling the edges 7:58
Chapter 12 • Finishing
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Lesson 1: Finishing Overview 0:49
Lesson 2: Rounding over Bindings 15:12
Lesson 3: Intro to Sanding 2:56
Lesson 4: Gap Filling 7:03
Lesson 5: Sanding the Peghead 13:32
Lesson 6: Sanding the Neck 6:17
Lesson 7: Sanding the Body 9:39
Lesson 8: Masking 15:33
Lesson 9: Shellac Seal Coat 7:13
Lesson 10: Intro to pore Filling 7:50
Lesson 11: Pore Filling 14:26
Lesson 12: Sanding the Pore Fill 9:33
Lesson 13: Sealing the pore fill 4:48
Lesson 14: Pore Filling the Neck 11:06
Lesson 15: Top Prep 11:10
Lesson 16: Mixing Shellac 12:05
Lesson 17: French polish technique - Sealing 21:20
Lesson 18: French polish technique - Polishing 27:13
Lesson 19: French polish technique - Leveling and more polishing 24:31
Lesson 20: Spiriting off 14:13
Lesson 21: French polishing the sides 28:28
Lesson 22: Fixing Dents 5:34
Lesson 23: Spiriting off the side 12:39
Lesson 24: French polishing the other side 10:13
Lesson 25: French polishing the top 20:56
Lesson 26: French polishing the top (cont.) 19:56
Lesson 27: Finishing the Neck 23:30
Lesson 28: Finishing the Peghead 11:38
Lesson 29: Rubbing Out the Finish 11:14
Lesson 30: Polishing problem areas 2:23
Lesson 31: Finishing Conclusion 1:29
Chapter 13 • Attaching the Bridge
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Lesson 1: Prep work 9:07
Lesson 2: Glueing the Bridge 13:32
Chapter 14 • Fretwork
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Lesson 1: Leveling the Frets 6:03
Lesson 2: Recrowning the Frets 8:59
Lesson 3: Sanding the frets 11:21
Chapter 15 • Set Up
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Lesson 1: Installing the Tuners 4:23
Lesson 2: Fitting and Shaping the nut 15:20
Lesson 3: Slotting the nut 14:30
Lesson 4: Making the Saddle 11:19
Lesson 5: Installing the Strings 11:16
Lesson 6: Final Adjustments 11:21
Lesson 7: Final Thoughts 0:49
Chapter 16 • Extras
1:33:07
Lesson 1: Side Bending by Hand 18:12
Lesson 2: Binding the Soundhole 15:30
Lesson 3: How to Select Soundboard Material 18:23
Lesson 4: The Soundport 25:42
Lesson 5: The Tornavoz 15:20