Your chance to grow your own 'beard.
3 weeks duration (15 - 18 days)
Hand make an acoustic guitar to your own design. Nylon or steel string? Full body or cut-away? Left-handed? Bespoke? You draw your own templates, select your own wood, craft each component, and assemble, finish and set-up something you can be proud of for the rest of your life. We'll guide you every step of the way.
With a maximum of three students per course you'll have plenty of one-to-one learning time with our experienced tutor. No prior woodworking experience is necessary, just the willingness to learn and the energy to keep at it.
1 week duration (6 - 7 days)
Small enough to fit into your luggage but striking enough to turn heads, the backpacker guitar is certainly a little different. Learn the basics of guitar-making - from wood carving to intonation setting - through the creation of this unique Martin-inspired piece, customised to suit your personal style.
A maximum of three students per course means you have plenty of one-to-one learning time with our experienced tutor. The result is an instrument to take away with you whenever and a memory to stay with you forever.
1 week duration (6 days)
Take your ukulele enthusiasm to new heights - make your very own! Learn how to read plans, select your own wood, shape timber to your design, assemble, string, set-up and finesse a concert-sized ukulele through close instruction in a maximum class of three students.
For a more social experience come and join one of our Wellington Community Education Centre courses for classes of up to twelve. Priced at $650 (incl. GST) these courses are excellent value and a lot of fun. The next course runs from 17th - 23rd July 2017. Find out more.
"If you want to build your own instrument go to Goldbeard guitars.. it's absolutely worth it." - Dennis -
"I am beyond happy with it... you are going to leave with a really amazing instrument."
- Henry -
"Absolutely love it, can't recommend it highly enough... you can do this too."
- Kyle -
About the Tutor, and Goldbeard Head-tinkerer
Our in-house tutor - and Goldbeard's Head-Tinkerer Dave Gilberd - first embarked on the Goldbeard trail way back in 2003, when he took his 26-year-old self – reluctant classic car fixer-upper, motorcycle shop loiterer, and devourer of home baking – off to a world of sawdust and magic: an introductory course to hand-making guitars.
Since the inception of Goldbeard Guitars in 2011 Dave has taught over 60 students the process of crafting their very own instrument and has loved every moment a new string was strung.