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USGM—FAQ (frequently asked questions):
Do I need to have extensive woodworking skills?
No! USGM is equipped with countless tools, jigs, and fixtures to aid in making nearly all steps much
easier for even the newest woodworker.
How long does it take to complete a handmade acoustic guitar?
Surprisingly, most guitars can be finished within 12-16 weeks (50-60hrs). However, there are
numerous variables which make it impossible to quote a definitive time frame. There is no time
limit on finishing your build and quality is always our number 1 objective.
Will my guitar look/sound like a “first” guitar?
Absolutely not! The number one goal is to ensure your build is a true master instrument. We strive
for three key attributes: (1) aesthetic beauty, (2) fantastic playability, and (3) outstanding tone.
Why build a handmade guitar when there are seemingly endless production guitars available?
Building your own handmade guitar and, studying the art of luthierie, is one of the most satisfying
and unique endeavors a guitar enthusiast can ever experience. In building your own custom master
guitar you’re truly creating a piece of art with a voice. The end result is an absolutely extraordinary
What makes a handmade guitar different from the typical production guitar?
First, all guitars built at USGM are constructed of all-solid woods, not just a solid soundboard. Most
production guitars are built primarily of laminated plywood/veneered components. Also, many of
the fine details are made of non-wood materials. Try pricing an all-solid guitar model built by your
favorite manufacture (Taylor, Martin, Breedlove, etc., etc.). Likely you’ll find the price point is $1500
to as much as $3-4 thousand, and up! At USGM you can build an all-solid guitar for a fraction of
these inflated prices.
What makes an all-solid guitar superior to a laminated production model?
This is a tough one to answer briefly. In short, all-solid guitars will possess a dramatically superior
voice, and overall tone qualities: volume, sustain, balance, and beauty of tone. They are often much
more sensitive and expressive instruments, and so on…
Why build at the Utah School of Guitar Making?
Currently, USGM is the only accredited institution in Utah offering acoustic guitar making and luthier
training with a highly skilled master luthier and a shop that is unmatched in its availability of
specialty machines, tools, jigs, and its selection of the highest quality tone-wood options. USGM has
an enormous selection of all the best in soundboards, back/sides, and all materials required to
complete your own custom dream guitar. USGM is hands down the most affordable institution in
the western states to lean these unique skills and the art of guitar making.
We welcome any and all questions you may have about enrolling in our outstanding program.
Please feel free to email, text, or call directly for more information. We hope to have you enroll and
experience this once in a lifetime process.
Justin Leslie BA MA
Luthier and Director of the Utah School of Guitar Making (USGM).
Phone: 385-685-8011 (texts welcome)
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