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Shuker Courses

Shuker Courses

Upcoming Courses

Maintenance course:

29th January 2022 - fully booked

23rd April 2022 - fully booked

Guitar & Bass Building: 

21st February 2022 - fully booked

28th March 2022 - fully booked

25th April 2022 - fully booked


3 Person Introductory Course

The Guitar & Bass courses are based around tried and tested designs, and it aims to provide the student with expert tuition. Concentrating on vital guitar making skills with the main objective of constructing a professional quality instrument in a short period of time.

No experience of woodworking or guitar making is necessary and I’ve designed the course so that students will be using handtools (as far as possible) that can be easily and cheaply obtained, so you can continue your new hobby at home. The course runs for five days, Monday to Friday, but can be split into two sessions if required. The course is run at my workshop in the peak district. Accommodation is available locally if required and there are many things to do and see in this beautiful part of the country, great surroundings for you to build your first instrument. An excellent local inn is 5 minutes walk from the workshop and can provide accomodation, meals and the essential refreshments after a hard days work!!

You have the choice of building any one of four instruments on the introductory course,  everything needed is provided:

  • Wood
  • Hardware
  • Pick-ups

The Guitars & Basses you can make are:

  • Stratocaster style
  • Telecaster style
  • Precision Bass style
  • Jazz Bass Style

As long as we stick to the basic method of construction it is possible to design your own headstock and body shape. The course is limited to 3 students now and must be fully booked to run, so having a few dates available makes organising it a bit easier! We promise you a rewarding five days, learning new and specialised skills.

One to One Course

The one to one course is provided for people who want to design and build a more advanced instrument. It is possible to build either a guitar or bass and the course is designed around the individuals wants, eg. you may want to build a Jazz bass from swamp ash with a flame maple top, a maple neck with a bound fingerboard. Theres more emphasis on finishing and it is possible to lacquer your instrument in a polyester gloss, sunburst or solid colour. Specialist builds are possible such as though neck instruments and thinline bodies, if you have an idea about what you’d like to build please email me. The 1-2-1 course is normally also 5 days but can be longer or over additional sessions, all depending on the complexity of the build.

As with the introductory course, no experience in woodworking or guitars is necessary as you’ll be guided through each process. I have taught students ranging in age from 12 to 75 and all have gone away with a completed instrument they will treasure for the rest of their lives, as well as learning many new skills.

As I mentioned before, each course is designed around the student and what they want to build, this is so we make maximum use of the time and i can plan so that parts are glued at the end of the day ready for working on the following day, etc. We will give advice on what is possible to make and whats not suitable.

3 person build course – £1000 pp

One-to-one course – from £1750


We have started running these courses and they have been well received, our plans are to run one course a month, usually on a saturday. Please email for more details. How to set your instrument up, truss rod, intonation, action, electrics, etc. As well as more advanced subjects such as fret levelling and recrowning, nut heights. The cost for this course is £120, a deposit of £40 is required when booking and the balance a week before the course commences.

The courses are run in Derbyshire, in the heart of the Peak District. The area provides plenty of places to stay and eat, we are well catered for with the surroundings being a busy tourist location. Pubs, B&Bs, hotels, holiday cottages,camping and caravan accomodation. There are many places to visit whilst here, Chatsworth Estate, the Castleton Caverns and local markets as well as the peaks themselves which true walkers and mountain bikers paradise!

"Thanks for sharing your knowledge yesterday, I really learned loads! If I ever get anything I’m happy with it would be great to do a finishing course. Thanks again & best wishes"

John L.
"Thank you so much for your patience, kindness, hospitality – and for the benefit of your expertise. I really appreciate it. I’ve quite literally ended up with the bass of my dreams."

John T, Kent
"Just a quick thank you, now that i’m back at my desk, for the bass build course last week. The bass sounds incredible when plugged into the amp at home. Given that it is based loosely on a Precision, I was not surprised to find that it sounds quite like one – but what a Precision! It sounds like the most amazing Precision ever."

Simon B.
"Just a quick email to thank you for Saturday, really enjoyed the course and certainly feel better equipped to do set ups on my other guitars."

Michael B.
"This is a BIG thank you for your course last week. I really enjoyed it, and I am totally satisfied with the whole experience."

Gordon L

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