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    Hello,
    My name is Kyle Stapleton and I am a Tech Ed teacher in River Falls, WI.

    I am looking for some who makes guitars and would be willing to do a workshop/class to teach me how to make guitars (the right way, I have all the files and have cut all the parts)

    I just need someone to walk me through all the steps and show me where I or my students could/will mess up.

    This would be a paid job.

    Thank you,
    Kyle
    Kyle Stapleton
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    I hope you can find a resource. In the meantime...you might spend a bit of time browsing and participating in the TDPRI forum's "Tele Home Depot" discussion area. There's a ton of expertise and it's a very nice community. While the overall site is Telecaster focused, the specific area I mention runs the gamut. But for you and your students I actually recommend you start with the Fender geometry because the neck and body are coplanar which makes learning and setup a whole lot easier than more complicated designs that require a few degrees of angle between the neck and the body.
    ---
    Jim Becker

    SR-44 (2018), 1.7kw spindle, Performance Premium, USB, Keypad, T-Slot table (y-axis configuration), WinCNC, VCarve Pro upgraded to Aspire

    Non CNC stuff...

    SCM/Minimax
    Festool "a good collection"
    Stubby - lathe
    Oneida Cyclone
    more...

    Retired from full time work in the telecom industry 9/2017
    Occasional commission work for others, but mostly for me...furniture/tack trunks/signage/guitars
    Located Bucks County PA

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    • #3

      I have done all the online work, just one clean build with someone of knows what they are doing.

      Part making and assembly are not a problem, I just need to know the little things.
      Kyle Stapleton

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      • #4

        It sounds like you need a local luthier
        Fixing machines and making sawdust.
        SW side of Houston

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        • #5

          The site I pointed you to will likely help you find someone local to you that is an experienced guitar builder/luther. They do not need to be CNC experienced since it sounds like you need instrument refining and setup schooling. The CNC only replaces some of the "grunt work" for shaping in general...everything else is the same as building with non-CNC techniques.
          ---
          Jim Becker

          SR-44 (2018), 1.7kw spindle, Performance Premium, USB, Keypad, T-Slot table (y-axis configuration), WinCNC, VCarve Pro upgraded to Aspire

          Non CNC stuff...

          SCM/Minimax
          Festool "a good collection"
          Stubby - lathe
          Oneida Cyclone
          more...

          Retired from full time work in the telecom industry 9/2017
          Occasional commission work for others, but mostly for me...furniture/tack trunks/signage/guitars
          Located Bucks County PA

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          • #6

            Got it thanks
            Kyle Stapleton

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            • #7

              Hi Kyle,

              Another group to check out is the New Kit Guitar Builders on Facebook. It consists of members who build guitars from kits, but once you have your parts cut out on the CNC, you are at the same point they are. There are lots of discussions on finishing etc. Also check out the web site Stewmac.com. They should have some books on setup and they also have lots of parts.
              Kyle Joiner
              IPA LLC
              www.thinkipa.com
              Duluth, GA
              CAMaster Stinger 1 23
              FTC, Laser Cross Hair
              Vectric V Carve Pro
              Remote Handheld Keypad
              Solid Edge 2021

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              • #8

                This is a bit of a long shot but if it comes through it would be outstanding. In the summer Jim Olson lives in Circle Pines, MN -- about 45 minutes from you. He is retired now but has built acoustic guitars for James Taylor, Clint Black, Phil Keaggy, Paul McCartney, etc.

                He started using CNC in his building process about 20 years ago. You can try contacting him through his web site: olsonguitars.com

                If nothing else he may be able to put you in contact with other builders in the area.
                - Randall Newcomb
                10 fingers in, 10 fingers out
                another good day in the shop

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                • #9

                  Thanks for the heads up
                  Kyle Stapleton

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