Ukulele Building Workshop with NC Luthier Jay Lichty
If you have ever dreamed of building your own ukulele this workshop is for you!
NC luthier Jay Lichty teaches both acoustic guitar building and ukulele building workshops here in our Tryon, NC luthier shop. Whether you have your sights set on a career as a luthier or simply want to build your own ukulele for fun, this workshop fits the bill. You will build your own instrument and once Jay has applied the finish and allowed for cure time – you will have the thrill of playing an instrument you built for years to come.
Ukulele Building Workshop Overview
Format: One-on-one instruction (stay tuned for info on upcoming small group ukulele workshops or contact Jay)
Length of Workshop: 10 days (working approx 9 am – 6 pm for 10 consectutive days)
The Project: Any style ukulele 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. You will complete the build and Jay will apply the finish and ship your instrument to you.
Cost: The cost for the workshop is equivalent to the cost of having Jay build that specific ukulele for you plus shipping, if you do not leave in our immediate area. You can determine the instrument cost by using our Ukulele Price Calculator and selecting the tonewood, details and such.
Travel: We are located in Tryon, NC. Zip code 28782. Closest airports are Ashville, NC and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC -each approximately one hour away.
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 date
This workshop is designed for folks who have some shop experience.
We have a smoke-free environment.
The best way to get all the details on ukulele building workshops at Lichty Guitars is to call or email Jay. He can be reached at 828-817-1460 or via jaylichty (@) charter.net
See an example from the August 2014 Ukulele Building Workshop
Karina Melendez built this stunning instrument during a one-on-one ukulele building workshop. Learn more …
What folks have to say about our Instrument Building Workshops
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
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
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