* Sorry guys and gals – one-on-one and group workshops are full for 2015. Jay is booking for 2016 so get in touch if you would like to be notified about upcoming workshops and be a part of the building fun in 2016. *
It’s surprising how many inquiries we receive about acoustic guitar building workshops. Some people just want the one-time experience and satisfaction of building their own guitar while others are looking for a good place to start with their eyes set on becoming a luthier. Either way, it is Jay’s pleasure to teach skills that he is so passionate about.
Video of highlights from the August 2014 Small Group Guitar Building Workshop …
Acoustic Guitar Building Workshops – Student Gallery
The best way to get all the details about our acoustic guitar building workshops is to call or email Jay. He can be reached at 828-817-1460 or via jaylichty (@) charter.net
Here is a brief introduction to two approaches we offer:
* Please note: We are a smoke -free environment
Acoustic Guitar Building Workshops – One-on-One
Work side by side with Jay for approximately 10 consecutive days. You will complete the build of your guitar and then Jay will finish it and ship to you.
Note: The workshop is designed for folks who have some experience working with tools in a shop environment.
The Project: Any style guitar that Jay currently builds. You will have an opportunity to select the tonewood for the back and sides from a wide variety of options and the trim details.
The Format: You will build your guitar from start to the completion of the construction. Jay will do the finishing and then ship it to you. Jay works alongside you in the shop on current projects.
Daily Shop Schedule : 9-6 each day with breaks during the day (this varies depending on what’s happening that day)
Cost: The cost for the workshop is equivalent to the cost of having Jay build that specific guitar for you plus the cost of shipping (if you live outside our immediate area). You can instrument cost by using our Guitar Price Calculator and selecting the tonewood, details and such. Discuss potential shipping charges with Jay.
Travel: We are located in Tryon, NC. Zip code 28782. Closest airports are Asheville, NC (AVL) and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP) – each approximately one hour away. Note: do not fly into Greenville, NC.
Accommodations: We’ll provide information to you on area lodging. We do have a one-bedroom studio apartment on-site available for $50 per night.
Dates: Jay offers a limited number of these one-on-one opportunities per year. Contact Jay for availability and dates
What folks have to say about our Acoustic Guitar Building Workshops
WOW! The finish is absolutely beautiful. I just held it in the light going over every inch of it. Then I put it on my lap and strummed a big open G and was stunned by the depth of resonance and tone. And for a big guitar it is light and responsive. I am blown away!
Jay & Corrie, this has been an incredible experience and I cannot say thank you enough. I wish you both continued success in the building of your business. It is amazing what y’all have accomplished so fast. You are an inspiration! – Mark Ballard, Austin, Texas
This has been one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. Jay is a master at his craft and so willing to share his knowledge. – Ken Brown, South Carolina
Do you want to buy my Taylor – Ted Pope’s first response after playing his guitar for the first time. Ted is from Georgia
First and foremost, Jay and Corrie are goo people; very hospitable, thoughtful, good-humored and caring. Secondly, Jay is an artist and craftsman. His vision for his interments is extraordinary and he seems to flawlessly execute his vision. Finally, in the workshop, he allowed me to experience this. His instruction and demonstrating are very effective in conveying technique, enabling me to produce a beautiful instrument I will cherish for a lifetime. Steve Collie, North Carolina
I’m on a quest to learn as much as I can about instrument building, from as many masters as I can find willing to teach me. No matter where I’ve been and go, Jay’s teachings stay with me. At his workshop I learned to trust my hands and to collect a sensory library of information. His way of building is so elegant and joyful it’s hard to think of it as work, but it is. Jay’s work ethic is as good as it gets. Thanks to his guidance I am confident I can make my own . I can make them in a way that is safe, doesn’t strain my joints and insn’t limited to the number of specialized tools and jigs I can afford to buy or house. That gift, as those on my same path know or will eventually realize is rare. I’m lucky to has Jay as my first – and now ongoing! teacher. Karina Melendez, British Columbia
I love great guitars. I knew very little about Lichty Guitars before my arrival. I’ve always wanted to build a guitar and was excited for the opportunity to work one-on-one with a master luthier. The great thing about Jay and Corrie is the “wholeness” of the experience. They walk you through all the phases and document each day with progress pictures that Corrie posts to the website so that family and friends can follow along.
Day one we played many of Jay’s instruments and determined size, shape, feel and bracing type. This was the foundation to successfully building the guitar of my dreams. Jay has the perfect blend of craftsmanship, patience and humor that makes him an outstanding teacher. His workshop is in the woods, the perfect place to relax, focus and build. I learned so much and loved every minute if the experience. It was challenging and extremely rewarding. I felt like a kid hanging our with my big brother … working and laughing all day. The time flew by and in the end I have a new custom guitar, new friends and a new respect for the art of the luthiers.
Did I mention I LOVE GUITARS !!! So, if you love great guitars and great experiences I highly recommend you treat yourself (or someone you love) to a Lichty workshop. The guitar (or ukulele) you build is the icing on the cake. – Tony Fernandes, California
I spent my vacation this year building a guitar with Jay on a one-on-one instructional basis, and the experience was fantastic. Jay and Corrie go out of the way to accommodate Jay’s students in every way they can. Since I live just 30 miles away, and work a demanding job, Jay was quite flexible with his schedule. The finished product was everything I could have asked for. Jay helped me along the way to make decisions that customized the guitar to suit my personal needs and desires. And did I mention how patient he is? Jay built about four instruments in the time I built one, yet he treated me as though his entire focus was on me. His attention to detail is unmatched. His instructional method is tailored to the student…he gave me all the rope I needed but never let me hang myself. Corrie documented the entire build and posted on their website so my family and friends could also follow along. Any blossoming luthier would benefit greatly from the experience and I highly recommend his class.” Mike Johnson, Asheville NCP
Building a guitar with Jay Lichty is one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself, an experience I’ll cherish for life. Those ten days of 10-hour shifts in the workshop at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains are easily among my three favourite vacations ever—I truly loved it more than my visits to Venice or Paris or Rome. The process of turning a pile of lumber into a musical instrument engaged every sense of mine, including my imagination. That my first guitar turned out to be a thing of beauty with a rich sound was no coincidence, but the result of Jay’s expert guidance. Add to that the joy of working side by side with my peers Terry and Dave, and the care and attention Corrie gave us and our work… I couldn’t have been luckier. I am grateful and eager to sign up for seconds and thirds. I know I will and will invariably leave Tryon with a case full of memories and the glow of fireflies. – Karina Melendez
Jay Lichty’s flattop guitar building class was a fabulous experience. He encourages freedom in creativity and shares his knowledge openly with his students. I can truly say this class was a blessing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge in guitar making. - Chad Jennings
This experience was one of the most rewarding I’ve been through. The quality of the entire experience, from the actual building to the interaction with new friends, was beyond my expectations. A bargain at twice the price! – Dave Sprague
If you’ve ever thought of taking this workshop, do it! Jay will make sure you work to your level of experience and you will have an heirloom quality guitar to last a lifetime! – Terry Schager
Hi, Jay – I think you know that Terry loves his guitar and probably even more loved the experience of making it. He is practicing, working with some friends and may have a song or two under his belt soon. I don’t know that there is anything that he would have loved more than your guitar building workshop and the finished product. It made me very happy to give Terry such a perfect gift for our 20th anniversary and his retirement. – Stacey Schager
I highly recommend this workshop. Jay is such a good-natured guy that he makes the workshop very enjoyable. I was amazed with the quality of the guitar we were able to take home. – Ron Robbins, NC
I’ve been dreaming about making my own guitar for 28 years, since I was 14. This week was all I could have wanted after all those years of dreaming. It’s hard to believe we did the work ourselves and the guitars have come out this finished and incredible sounding. – Greg Paravis, NC
Jay makes a fine guitar and a great teacher of his craft. I had previously built 6 guitars on my own and my techniques and knowledge have now been greatly expanded. – Mitch Keown
I learned all of the necessary information on how to build a nice guitar! I gained a lot of confidence in guitar building and learned some great techniques and tricks of the trade. All of the guitars turned out beautifully. Thank you Jay! – Steven Ceola
This was such a rewarding experience. I have never created such a thing of beauty other than my three children. – Stan Harris, small group workshop participant
This workshop was the best money I’ve spent in a long time. I’ve received tons of knowledge from an experienced lutheir and built a beautiful guitar as a bonus. The class was very relaxed and covered every aspect of acoustic guitar building. I want to thank Jay for his help throughout and fro offering such a worthwhile class. – Tyler Hunter, small group workshop participant
Fun, Hardwork, Fun! and you take home knowledge and a fine custom guitar. Jay is a patient teacher and very talented. He does not cut any corners. – David Cook, small group workshop participant
I wouldn’t change a thing about the whole experience. I’d recommend an acoustic guitar building workshop with Jay to anyone who really wants to do this right. – David Lanik, one-on-one guitar building workshop student
“I’ve found what I love to do, what I was made to do. It’s an artistic / creative process that allows me to use my woodworking skills. Thank you Jay for giving this to me.” – Aaron Dyer, one-on-one guitar building workshop