Flat Top Building Workshop


Flat top guitar building


This seven-day, hands-on workshop is for first-time builders or those with experience. The class will include a small group of 3-4 students, to ensure that time and attention can be invested in each student and each guitar. You will learn, from start to finish, the skills necessary to construct a fine acoustic guitar. We cover everything you need to know about tools, fixtures, wood, and pearl inlay, along with all the secrets I have learned in my 30 plus years of guitar-building experience.
The class will be taught by 3 Master Luthier's Dale / Tyler Unger & Tim Teel.

Tim Teel currently serves as the Director of Instrument Design for C.F. Martin & Co. and is the Sole Proprietor of Teel Guitar Works. Tim has served many roles at Martin Guitar over the 20 some years of employment. Tim has worked on many high-end traditional projects such as Golden Era & Authentic Editions as well as the D-50 and D-100 LE models just to mention a few. Tim and I also served as the instructors for the “Martin Guitar Design Course” which was held every year at the Northampton Community College for nine years. This course helped students design and build a model instrument of their imagination.

In the workshop you will build a OM style guitar from wood and parts that have been hand selected (included in price).
We will also take a private tour of C. F. Martin Guitar Company during the week.
Come join us for the experience of a lifetime!
Price: $2,995


Sunday - Friday: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:30pm



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Deposits are non-refundable. If I need to cancel my reservation, and I give more than 30 days notice, I may apply my deposit to a future course. If I cancel my reservation less than 30 days before the course start date, and my spot is filled by another student, I will be able to apply my deposit to a future course. If I cancel less than 30 days before the course and my spot is not filled by another student, my tuition will not be returned or applicable to another class.  I understand my deposit and tuition will be refunded in full in the case of any course cancellation by Nazareth Guitar Institute.

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“First, allow me to say how much I appreciated attending the Flat Top workshop offered at the Nazareth Guitar Institute.”
- Steve -


“I can’t thank you guys enough for the outstanding week in the acoustic flat-top guitar class.  I had a blast and I learned so much more than I envisioned when I signed up.”
 - Jim Thomsen -


“I just wanted to extend another, very sincere, thank you to you and Tyler for taking the time and effort to give me all of the one on one time and attention that I asked for in order to complete my guitar.”
- Dan O'Donnell -



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