NCC Offers New Intensive Guitar-Building Course

Acoustic guitars will be made almost from scratch
submitted by Katherine Noll

For the first time, Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Luthier (stringed instrument) program is offering an intensive one-week course to build a guitar almost from scratch. The course, “Intensive Acoustic Guitar Build,” will meet Monday through Friday, August 5 – August 9, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Fab Lab, Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem.

Participants will build either a Martin style 24.9 scale 000 or a 25.4 scale OM. Choose from Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood, or Flamed Maple for the back and side wood. We will be using ebony fingerboards and bridges, and Sitka spruce for the top with herringbone top border and soundhole rosette. Also, you can choose either tortoise shell or ivoroid binding material.

NCC’s Luthier program is in its sixth year and has gained national recognition.

The fee for the course is $3,900. All materials are included.

To register, visit or call 610-332-8665.

About Northampton Community College
With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, Easton, and Monroe County, serving 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 42 countries and 25 states. For more information, or to apply, please visit Follow NCC on Twitter and Snapchat @NorthamptonComm and on Instagram @NorthamptonCommCollege. Like NCC on Facebook at Northampton Community College.


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