Class 4 - Guitar Nut and Saddle Making
The Guitar Nut Making class will take the student through the process of crafting a new nut from raw material.
The nut will be made to fit the student's instrument which will have been evaluated to be in need of such work.
Information regarding removal, shimming and temporary repair of the existing nut will also be covered in the class plus a discussion of raw material selection.
The second part of the class will take the student through the entire process of making a saddle for an acoustic guitar.
Information will be given on possible materials to choose from and the pros and cons of each material.
After removal of existing saddle the student will go through the shaping processes to completion of the saddle plus installation.
Class 4 PREREQUISITE: completion of Class 1 through Class 3.
REQUIREMENT: Student will bring instrument approved by teacher beforehand.
Additional Nut and Saddle Making Classes:
Advanced Nut Making: This is an addition to Nut Making. It covers the topic of making a Compensated Nut. A compensated nut takes on characteristics of compensation often found in the saddle of an acoustic guitar. It is not a requirement but in some cases will significantly improve overall intonation. This class is OPTIONAL and will be offered when a nut of a student's guitar cannot be executed by the conventional non-compensated shape. A three hour session is required for this class in addition to the basic Nut Making class.
Advanced Saddle Making: This class is an OPTIONAL and it is offered when a saddle in a student's guitar has been discovered to have a mathematical error in the placement of its bridge saddle. The class will cover the repositioning of the existing saddle slot , filling of the slot cavity and machining of a new slot in the correct position. The student is also introduced to the use of a special fixture to do this work - a fixture that they can also make for their own use. The remainder of the class covers topics included in the basic saddle making class. The length of this class varies from one 3 hour session to two sessions of at least 2 hours each - length of class thus varies in proportion to the complexity of the above described procedure.