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Lutherie Course: Guitar Physics, Design, & Guitar Set-Up

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Lutherie Course: Guitar Physics, Design, & Guitar Set-Up

In this online guitar building and setup course we will be taking an in-depth look at not only how to properly adjust and even design certain elements of your guitar, but we will also be studying guitar physics to understand why we are taking these steps and procedures to better equip you in your own work.

If you have been feeling a little lost when trying to adjust your guitar, or maybe you even want to understand how you guitar works, and how to improve the guitars you build or play; then this is the course for you!

Check Out The Sample Videos Below

Also take a look at the course outline for topics of study

In This Course You Will Learn:
  • Guitar Physics – How the guitar works as a complete system
  • Guitar Setup – How to apply physics concepts to obtain the perfect setup
  • Tone Optimization – How to get the best tone and playability from your guitar
  • Guitar Design – How to apply physics concepts for optimum guitar design fundamentals

See What The Students Are Saying:

Guitar care and maintenance video course is building the basis and paving the way to my guitar build project. All topics discussed are alerts to avoid mistakes and do the right thing the first time. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in guitars, luthiers, or musicians.

Daniel Soares , São Paulo, Brasil

I learned quite a few things (I’m social security age and have been around guitars for over 40 years) and I’m an engineer (electrical). I always loved physics and now love it even more!

Buz R.

Your Instructor For This Course:

Tom Bills

Tom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom acoustic, classical, and archtop guitars since 1998. Tom’s guitars are considered to be among the best instruments ever made by collectors and players world wide. He has written for many online and print publications including his book, “The Creation of the Natura Elite Archtop Guitar” which is currently available in print or for free download on his website.

Course Outline

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Guitar Care And Maintenance 101
2h 24m
Introduction 1m 59s
Session 1: Guitar Physics & Geometry 1h 15m
Intro To Session 1 3m 40s
Guitar Physics:Strings 5m 44s
Guitar Physics:Bridge & Top 7m 49s
Main Components Intro 1m 59s
Scale Length 7m 54s
The Guitar Bridge 15m 01s
The Nut & Saddle 11m 08s
Neck Geometry 11m 39s
Effective Problem Solving 9m 06s
Session 2: Guitar Set-Up 1h 09m
Intro To Session 2 1m 18s
Measuring & Data Collection 12m 56s
Neck Relief & Bridge Height 6m 34s
Neck Design & Fretwork 14m 12s
Setting Action Part 1 10m 29s
Setting Action Part 2 10m 58s
Final Intonation 12m 03s
Conclusion 1m 10s
Closing Remarks 1m 10s


Sample Video – Guitar Physics: Strings



They are great Tom! Couldn’t ask for better. I was expecting only one video but by breaking the class down like that makes so much sense. It’s great to be able to go back and reference each part when and where needed.

Robin L. , Canada


Sample Video – Neck Relief & Bridge Height



In this video, Tom uses the first guitar he ever made to demonstrate and explain the tonal and other effects that can be controlled and influenced by the relationship of the neck relief and bridge height of the guitar.

I’m not a math-head or physics guy, but your discussion on how the bridge works was just perfect for me. I’m really enjoying the heck out of this course!

Steph Otis , St.Louis, MO

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About the Author

TomTom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom guitars for the top players and collectors around the world since 1998. Tom is also the author of the guitar making book/DVD set - The Art Of Lutherie - published by Mel Bay, and has written for and been featured in may publications both in print and online as well as several television and film spots. You can view and learn more about his guitars by visiting his website: tbguitars.comView all posts by Tom →

  1. Stephan Otis
    Stephan Otis08-08-2012

    Hi Tom, Wow, I just saw the demo videos. They are fantastic. Great job!!! I know these videos will help many builders and players in so many ways. Keep up the good work. Best wishes on your success. Steph

  2. Bruce Green
    Bruce Green10-06-2012

    What a blessing!!! I know you have a lot of knowledge,I hope I can learn.
    I’ve played bass with you in the past ,hope to do more in the future.
    God bless you and all you put your hand to.
    Bruce Green

    • Tom

      Thanks Bruce! I’m really glad you are taking the class, feel free to use the forums if you have any questions. Hopefully it wont be too much longer before I get to play with you again sometime too, I started out just playing guitar, now it seems like I only build them, maybe I can finally get things in balance and do both 🙂

  3. Seth

    Hi Tom!
    Thank you for the videos! I am about to embark on the journey of making my own guitar. I decided to buy three books. One on tools and two on construction. Then your videos to help me along side them.

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