I have recently graduated from high school and am thinking about becoming a luthier. I have read that it probably wont pay well, but I don't care. I would really like to learn how to make and repair stringed instruments, both electric and acoustic. So what I'm getting at here is, how would I do this. Would I apprentice? Or take a course somewhere and learn how with a group of people? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I know a very good luthier in my town (he makes classicla guitars and repairs everything fretted stirng instrument).
He once told me he has visited some kind of special school, but I think it was in Austria or Swizerland. I'll visit him this friday and I could where exactly it was, or if he knows other possibilities.
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I think saying it 'wont pay well' is an understatement, for a long time you wont be able to make enough money from it to even live on.

The route into it I would take is to get a full time job with a good wage and gradually build your skills and workshop untill you are good enough to sell guitars (workshops and materials cost a lot of money, you have to put in a lot more than you get out for quite some time in luthiery)

But before selling you need to actually start making guitars, there are courses you can go on, it would be a good idea if you can find one in your area.

I would also buy books to get you into the building process, the first book to buy is...

Make Your Own Electric Guitar by Melvyn Hiscock

Another good book to get after you have read that is this one...

Building Electric Guitars by Martin Koch

also www.projectguitar.com has tutorials and a forums full of information.

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