"I found Bogdanovich's building method to be an enjoyable opportunity to learn some new things. It also provides exposure to a diverse set of woodworking skills while watching someone proficiently executing those skills. A lot of general woodworking can be learned buy following this project."
Tom Harper, American Lutierie Magazine, DVD Review
Learn to Make a Classical Guitar
In addition to making fine concert classical guitars John Bogdanovich is the author of the well known book "Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to a Traditional Design" and has produced an award winning classical guitar making 10-DVD video series. J.S. Bogdanovich Guitars also carries a full line of guitar building products including guitar making kits, plans, templates, molds and tools to help you build your own concert quality classical guitar.
All Guitar Making Classes Now Hands-On
Benefit from more than 40 years of experience and learn some real skills. All the guitar making classes are hands-on including a one-on-one class where the student makes a guitar in 12 days and comes home with a great sounding instrument. Click here for more info on the classes...
Check out the New Products -Wood for Necks & Heels and Fret Slotting Kit!
I was lucky to stumble on a really nice stash of genuine Honduran mahogany. The wood is dry, stable and we cut it into neck & heel blanks. Its ready to go but the supply is limited - onlyh one set left! I have also added, back braces, back center patches and bindings. Check them all out here. I have also added a fret slotting kit to help build the sled needed for cutting fret slots with the template - Get more info here.
New - BUZZ-OFF™ Fret Leveling Kits now Available for Electric Guitars and Ukuleles!
The Buzz-Off™ fret leveling kit is now available for all electric, acoustic and classical guitars and ukuleles as well. These kits can be used to level crown and dress frets without files or nasty scratches. Easy to use - anyone can do it! More information here...
Guitar Building Featured Products
10-DVD Guitar Making Box Set
Get the classical guitar making 10-dvd box set . Learn to make a guitar. Widely considered to be the best instructional video available anywhere!
Guitar Making Master & Premium Kits
The guitar making kits are all you need to get started building your own guitar working along with the book or dvd. These kits are a real time saver!
Buzz-Off™ Fret Leveling Kit
The fret leveling kit is now available for electric and acoustic guitars and ukuleles. A quick and easy way to remove fret buzz caused by high frets.
Be sure to check out the other guitar making products. There are a number of guitar making kits, templates, molds, tools and wood for making guitars. We also carry some plane making kits that are easy to build and will no doubt improve your guitar building efforts.
New - Products and Guitar Making Kits
The classical guitar making kits have been expanded to include some new products making them more complete. They have also been reorganized to make it easier for customers to choose which kit fits them best.
The same squeeze bottle and glue roller used in both the classical guitar making book and 10-DVD box set are now available on the website. These items have also been added to all the guitar making kits.
A fingerboard slotting template with both the compensated fret positioning, and the standard rule of 18 have been added. And if you are not up to slotting your own fingerboards, no worries, you can know get slotted boards in the store.
Complete classical guitar wood kits including guitar back and sides, as well as everything else you need to make your guitar right down to the fret wire. Rosette kits and a classical guitar wood detail kit containing all the hard to find wood necessary to make the quality guitar in book and dvd have also been added. Rosette center rings of maple burl laminated veneers are also sold separately.
Guitar Making 10-DVD Box Set Gets Rave Reviews!
This video series has received rave reviews from customers and trade publications everywhere. Read the customer reviews for the guitar making DVD box set. Everyone agrees, this is simply the best guitar building instructional video available for both the visual quality and instructional content cannot be beat. The first video of its kind on classical guitar making, this video series is sure to be a valuable asset to anyone interested in guitar building. Learn the craft from a master artisan.
Another American Lutherie Article on the Guitar Making 10-DVD Box Set
Check out the article in the Spring 2013 issue 113 of American Lutherie written by Tom Harper on the guitar making video by John S. Bogdanovich. Tom builds a guitar using the 10-DVD Box Set - Making a Concert Classical Guitar with John S. Bogdanovich. The article is well written and is a good indication of what you can expect building this guitar. There are tons of photos showing the various stages of the process.
In order to get this magazine you must be a member of The Guild of American Luthiers, or GAL. Sadly they don't have articles on their website but you can join the GAL and get a copy here.
Plane Making Video - Make Wooden Hand Planes used in Guitar Making
Now you can make your guitar and work boards with planes that you have made yourself. This one disc video demonstrates the construction of a curved bottom plane known as a compass plane and the most commonly used plane in the shop - a bench plane.
Both the back work board and the classical guitar solera have dished surfaces. The compass plane will make dishing these easy. The bench plane is used for many aspects of guitar making such as joinery, thicknessing, and surface preparation.