A successful Pro Guitar Setup Course

After 36 teas/coffees made, 2 guitars fully pro setup, 3 more assessed, 40 copies of setup points/notes and 5 certificates handed out, Saturday’s Pro Setup course was a great success and kept me on my toes all day (I really must buy another guitar stool!) Looking forward to the next course in March where we have another 5 Students booked!

Thanks to everyone who came… James.

By |February 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on A successful Pro Guitar Setup Course

Guitar Tech Courses Website Relaunch

We’ve been working relauching our new website for a few months now.

We’ve listened to you and taken on board all your constructive feedback and incorporated this into our new website.

The GTC site is now easier to navigate, has a simpler layout and all the course information including booking can be found on a single page.

We hope you like the new look.

Of course, we never stop improving our website, just like our guitar courses, so if you have any feedback for us just drop us an email.



By |November 9th, 2013|Blog, News|Comments Off on Guitar Tech Courses Website Relaunch

Guitar Set Up Courses

Here at Guitar Tech Courses we’ve talked a lot about what it takes to make a guitar and how to really get to know your instrument. However, even the best made instrument needs work doing before it is ready to play.

Our professional guitar set-up course covers this at length. We show you how to adjust your truss rod, adjust the action height, radius the saddles and accurately intonate both electric and acoustic guitars. We will not only show you how guitars are made, but why they work the way they do and the importance of finding the settings that work.

Perhaps the most important thing you will get from these courses is confidence. Confidence in yourself, and confidence that your instrument will respond the way you need it to.

This course will show you how to fully Pro Setup any guitar, with specific and key set-up points that you will take away with you.

Above all, what the guitar set-up course allows you to do is turn a guitar into your musical instrument, and that’s a priceless gift.

By |July 24th, 2013|Blog, Guitar Setup Courses|Comments Off on Guitar Set Up Courses

How to Get a Job as a Guitar Tech

As a kid there’s a point in everyone’s life when they dream of being a rock star – the fame, the money, the adulation, the trashing hotel rooms without being expected to clean up afterwards, it’s not hard to see the appeal. But the guy with the massive hair and the electric guitar is only the front end of a huge operation that includes everyone from the drummer to the front of house staff, and a crucial but often overlooked part of that operation is the technicians that keep everyone’s instruments in top condition. The guitar technician might not seem as glamorous as the people out on the stage, but they are a vital component, keeping the show going night after night, knowing perhaps even more than the musicians about what’s going on behind the scenes.

Learning the Basics

If this sounds like the job for you, it’s easy to get started as well. Plenty of colleges will do vocational training courses, including electronics and woodwork that’ll give you the grounding in the materials and techniques that you’ll need when you’re tuning up an electric guitar. Courses like our own build-a-guitar course can also give an invaluable insight into just how those instruments work.

Don’t think this an option for people who like the rock’n’roll lifestyle but don’t want to learn to play either. To know how a guitar has to work it you need to know how to work it yourself. You don’t have to be Jimmy Hendrix, but a solid command of the basics is a must.

Getting a Foothold

From there it’s a matter of finding your first jobs. Help out your friend’s bands, keep an eye out at clubs and libraries for bands that are looking […]

By |June 26th, 2013|Blog, Guitar Building Courses, Guitar Setup Courses|Comments Off on How to Get a Job as a Guitar Tech

How to become a guitar technician

Behind every great guitarist there’s a great guitar technician. The guitar technician doesn’t just know how to play and tune the instrument, they know it inside out. They understand the materials, the construction and how it all fits together.

As a guitar technician your job is to make sure that your musician’s guitar is strung, tuned, primed and set up ready to go the moment they step onto the stage. Between shows you have to make sure the guitar is correctly stored and maintained. Basically you are to that guitar what those guys in dark suits and sunglasses are to the president. I’m not saying you should take a bullet for your musician’s guitar, but don’t be surprised if they expect you to.

Aside from the showbiz side of the job, you can also find plenty of guitar techs working in music shops, tuning and finishing guitars so they’re immediately ready to play when you hand them over to the customers. It’s a job that takes a lot of training, but there’s also plenty about it that can’t be taught, that you’ll have to figure out for yourself on the job.

Study the Guitar
First and foremost, the job of a guitar technician is to understand how every single part of a guitar works, both individual and as a whole. There’s no better way of understanding how something works than putting all the individual pieces together yourself, so taking a guitar building course is a great way to learn the mechanics of a guitar inside and out.

Build Contacts
When it comes to the music industry there’s no way of getting recruited more effective than the word of mouth. Use social media and introductions to friends of friends. Get in touch […]

By |May 31st, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on How to become a guitar technician

Guitar Tech Build Course – April's Finished Guitars

Two students successfully completed their custom builds in Aprils Guitar Tech Guitar Build Course.

These guitars not only look great but sound fantastic.
Black – Fitted with BareKnuckle “Sultans”

3 Tone Sunburst – Fitted with BareKnuckle “Irish Tours”

By |May 29th, 2013|Blog, Build Your Own Guitar Course, Guitar Building Courses|Comments Off on Guitar Tech Build Course – April's Finished Guitars

Coldplay guitar techs brush up on their guitar making skills with GTC

Guitar techs and enthusiasts alike can learn how to build a custom-made electric guitar in just three days, thanks to Guitar Tech Courses, owned and run by luthier James Collins in his studio based in Winchelsea, East Sussex.

Recent graduates and happy customers include Coldplay’s guitar technicians, Matt McGinn and Craig Hope.

Matt says, “We went on the Strat-building course to brush up on our skills. Hoppy (Craig Hope) has lot of mending to do for Chris (Martin), whereas I needed to know more about effects and tunings, as Jonny (Buckland) never breaks anything!

James was enthusiastic, helpful, and a great tutor. The course was fantastic value: we even got to keep the axe at the end.”

More about the course

At the end of the course, each student comes home with their signed custom-made electric guitar, guitar case and certificate.

Unlike other guitar building classes, Guitar Tech Courses provide each student with ready-made high-quality guitar parts and components, so no word-working or design skills are needed.

Students can choose to build either a Stratocaster- or Telecaster-style guitar, and can vary the colour, style and type of many of the guitar’s components, creating a unique instrument which is superior in sound and tone to most mass-made guitars.

The structured three-day curriculum includes both theoretical and practical aspects of electric guitar making. Students also learn the details of guitar set up and maintenance, so that they can look after and make the most of their cherished instrument.

The courses cost from £799. The fee includes professional tools, course materials, guitar parts and components, all of which are of the highest quality.

Classes are kept deliberately small: a maximum of three students per group, so that James can closely supervise each student and tailor the course to […]

By |October 19th, 2012|Blog, Build Your Own Guitar Course, News|Comments Off on Coldplay guitar techs brush up on their guitar making skills with GTC

Hot News – Guitar Technician Course

Update: It’s here…. We spent a few months building the best guitar tech course for pro guitar setups and it’s finally here. Check out the guitar course details here.

We working hard on creating a new course.

A single day with us will give you the essential guitar tech skills to setup like a pro.

Our single day course will teach you all the essential skills require to setup guitars to perfection.

We’ll add the course to the official course list as soon as it is ready.

If you want to be notified about the course, please email us or go to the contact page and use the form.


By |February 13th, 2012|Blog, News|0 Comments