Price $4,000
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.

Price $850
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.

Price $750
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 -

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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. 


"Dave's teaching style is superb, he takes you step by step through what you need to know for each process and then lets you do it, providing expert supervision but never micro-managing."
- Mark -