Built it yourself!
Over the years I had many people contacting me with the desire to build their own guitar. I have always enjoyed teaching trainees at my shop but I never had the capacity to provide individuals a guitar building course besides running our small production. This year I will start offering guitar building courses for small groups of 3-5 people. You get a chance to build your own custom guitar according to your taste with all the professional support and tooling you need to build an outstanding high-end instrument. You will get a nice glimpse into all the different steps of the guitar building process plus you will learn much about different woods, constructions and different working techniques. My main intention with this course is to let you have a unforgettable experience by building your guitar with your own hands!
The basic idea is, that you can order your custom guitar, but instead of us building it for you, you can come and build it all yourself! Once we got your application along with your guitar details we will prepare a kit for you (picture showing soon), so you can build your own guitar in 1-2 weeks, depending on electric or acoustic guitar. Within this time we bring the guitar to the stage where it’s ready for the spray booth. In an optional second or third week (again depending on electric or acoustic guitar) we will look into the lacquering process and end set-up of the instrument. Should 2 or 3 weeks be too much for you to spend a “working holiday” like that, you can also have us finish your guitar. It can then be shipped or picked up a few weeks later. Basically the whole Brunner guitar range of acoustic and electric guitars with and without removable necks are offered to “built it yourself”!
More than just a guitar building course…
Even though this course will have a main focus on teaching you as much as possible about guitar building skills, I also hope this workshop experience will become a refreshing “time out” and break from your regular routine at home and will give you a chance to discover new sides about yourself and make new friends. The beautiful Engadin valley and the comfortable, newly renovated yet rustic accommodation will provide an ideal relaxed setting and will make you feel like spending a nice holiday at the same time! We’re surrounded by beautiful mountains and historical villages and there’s lots to see and do throughout the valley between Scuol and St.Moritz area. There are many hiking and biking trails and you can also get up and down the valley by train easily (1min walk from our house). I also run a little seasonal “on request” bike shop during the summer months and I offer nice mountain bikes for rent.
Who is this course designed for?
This course will be suiting for both, people who just want to do this as a “once in a life time” experience or for those, who are interested in getting more seriously into guitar building. In our shop we are set up for building in batches of about 20 guitars in one go. So we usually work a lot with machines, templates and moulds to make things more efficient and precise, yet there is a lot of the old traditional craftsman ship required during the building process. During our time together you will get the chance to see and do both, some advanced machine work (even a CNC router) and some fine tricky hand work with special guitar building tools. There are no experience in guitar building required in order to attend the course, however, some hand tool skills and a love for detail will sure help. Should you not feel confident enough doing some of the more challenging tasks while you’re here, we will always be there to help out. We want to make sure you will receive an excellent guitar in the end! Courses will be held in german and english
What I don’t offer…
If you want to build a Martin, Fender or Gibson guitar copy we are definitely the wrong address, sorry! There are many courses and kits offered on the market for such guitars.
Thanks Luke for being such great teacher and host. The guitar looks and sounds absolutely great, it’s a joy each time I use it. I can highly recommend the “Build it yourself” course to anyone!Gregor Martius, Switzerland
I am more than happy with the guitar, it rings beautifully, a half orchestra, endless sustain, fat bass and crystal clear highs! Everything is better than I had hoped for! And to be able to participate in the developmental process! Thank you very much for your patience and your entrustment, so much could have gone wrong, but all went well!Uwe Schäfer, Switzerland
After such an incredible trip to Switzerland, and especially the time in Lavin, it took over a month to adjust to work and living back home again! The food, drink & warm hospitality across the pond certainly suited me well. It was the best trip I have ever taken, in no small way due to your great leadership, friendship and talent. Everyone loves the guitar built under your direction – without your help it would never have been created. I have many fabulous guitars – but this Swiss masterpiece makes the others pale in comparison!
Also, it was pure joy to work with the three of you in the workshop – the trip of a lifetime!!!
Every time I look at my self-made acoustic guitar, I feel transported back into Lukas’ wonderful equipped workshop and I glance at the swiss Alps. I can still smell the sanding dust of Rosewood and Cocobolo, no kidding. From the beginning to the end Lukas guided the development of this instrument and explained each step. I never felt over-challenged and his patience and his confidence helped me with each new step in the process. And believe me, there are many! The fact that I as a complete layman succeeded in building such a professional instrument, according to my imagination, still appears to me as a small miracle. Lukas’ unconventional way of merging modern tools and machinery with traditional craftsmanship and his desire to explore new tone woods, constructions and forms helped me to build a unique instrument. The peace and remoteness of the swiss Alps in combination with family Brunners’ hospitality surely have done their part as well.Philipp Scharnowski, Germany
Die Zeit bei Brunner-Guitars in Lavin war für mich pure Gitarrenbau-Romantik;
Dabei sein, wenn das eigene Instrument entsteht, mit professioneller Unterstützung eine Idee Realität werden lassen, die Farben und Gerüche der verschiedenen Holzarten wahrnehmen, Fachgespräche führen und neue Ideen entwickeln, die unglaubliche Umgebung geniessen…
Course options and costs
The guitar building course will basically cost the same amount as if you would simply order the same Brunner guitar (electric or acoustic) plus an additional flat rate of Fr.200.-/week for some extra teaching hours and accommodation. Please be aware that if you want to do some fancy inlays, a high gloss finish or other more time consuming features you may have to plan on some extra days. Depending on your time you can either choose to do the full course including lacquering and finishing or only up to the stage where the guitar is ready for lacquering.
Since I have to prepare your “kit” in advance and may have to order some special material according to your order, I will send you the bill for the course fees about 1-2 months before to the course starts. 1/3 of your total instrument cost will be due one moth prior to the course and the balance before course beginn.
Two weeks with an optional third week for the finishing process Guitar price starting at Fr.1700.- (depending on your choices) plus Fr.200.-/week for teaching and accommodation (all models possible, fixed or removable necks)
One week with an optional second week for the finishing process Guitar price starting at Fr.1500.- (depending on your choices) plus Fr.200.-/week for teaching and accommodation. (all models possible, fixed or removable necks)
Accommodation and Food
All course attendees will be able to stay at our nice group accommodation on the top floor. There are three bed rooms with 3-5 beds in each room for when we rent it out to larger groups. During the guitar building courses you will only be 3-5 people in total staying in those rooms. So you may have your own room or share it with one more person. There are two bathrooms with toilet and shower plus a washing machine. Besides the fully equipped kitchen there is a spacy living room and dining area with Wifi and TV. The huge outside deck is also nice to hang out and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All meals are at your own expense and each group will arrange themselves if they want to cook together or individually. There is a little grocery store about 1min from our house and we also have two hotels and restaurant in Lavin.
- 20. March – 7. April 2017 (Acoustic Guitar)
- 28. Aug. – 9. Sept. 2017 (Electric Guitar)
- 11.Sept. – 1. Okt. 2017 (Acoustic Guitar)
- 7. – 28. April 2018 (Acoustic Guitar)
You choose for how long you can or want to work on your instrument from 1-3 weeks during those time frames. In order to be able to get your materials ready and the kit prepared I will need your application at least one month prior to the course start.
Ready to take on the adventure? If you hit the button below you get to choose the course date, all your details and materials for your dream guitar and you will see the total price at the bottom. Once you submitted the application form you will still be able to change some of your choices. If you’re not sure yet what you really want to build I’ll be happy to help you find the right choices.