#1
Hi there,
I do very beginner guitar repair (i.e. wiring, pickup install, and basic setups). I've learned a lot on YouTube from Breja Toneworks and WillsEasyGuitar, but i am wanting to "broaden my horizons". I've taken shop classes back in high school, and remember a good chunk of it. So i have a couple questions for the awesome community here. Now obviously i wanna spend my money in the right places, so that's why i am coming to you guys.

1) What is your opinion on Stew Macs Guitar Shop Starter Kit and other Stew Mac tools? (http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/St ... r_Set.html)

2) What Luthirie Schools are recommended in the Kentucky/Tennessee area? (Only lived down here for 4 years and i don't get out much.) I've thought about going to a workshop at the Guitar Servces Workshop in Nashville? (http://www.guitarservices.com/training.asp)

Any feedback is greatly appreciated guys! Thanks!
#2
The stewmac tools are nice. From my limited experience, the general tools are amazing and the specialty tools seem to have less value in terms of general use. I would buy a few peices, then learn what you actually like. I wouldn't ever buy the kit. But thats me. If you think you'll use ti all then go for it.
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#4
Music Institute (out hyar in Hollywood) has a really good school for building and repairing guitars.

Closer to home, however, you might check into the classes taught at Blues Creek Guitars http://www.bluescreekguitars.com/ in PA, and by their friends at Custom Pearl Inlay http://www.custompearlinlay.com/ who also offer both inlay and guitar building classes (they're in NY). David Nichols is sort of a legend in inlay (he does custom work for Martin). It's a skill you'll find marketable for the rest of your life, and not just for guitars.
#5
Stew Mac has good tools when it comes to specialized things that you can't find at your local Lowe's or Home Depot. The luthier I apprenticed with for while often modified an existing common tool into something unique for a special purpose. You should also take a look at what's available on Amazon.com. You'll be surprised at what available by just searching on Amazon using "guitar tools". The difference between Stew Mac's tools and others is a matter of quality. If you are just buying for personal use you can use the stuff available on Amazon but if you plan to make it a career the Stew Mac tools are a much better and longer lasting quality.
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#6
You can find the stew mac tools for cheaper from other websites such as amazon or even locally. I mean, unless you like paying an extra 15 for a set of files.
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