See what it’s like inside the only accredited guitar-making school in the US

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There are some things machines and technology will never be able to replace

Founded in 1974, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery is the longest-running guitar-making school in North America. Along with the high certification, alumni of Roberto-Venn have gone on to work prestigious companies such as Fender.

Students are learning how to make guitars by hand at the school in downtown Phoenix, Ariz.

“You show up and you’re thinking “oh I’m just gonna ease into it.” but no. You jump right in,” said Mark Allred, a staff member and instructor at Roberto-Venn.

Students are just weeks into the five-month session where they start with their own custom sketch, and throughout the course of the five months, they’ll come away with a guitar, one you can actually play.

“When you think about it it’s woodworking, but it’s woodworking with attention to detail,” said Allred.

The days are long, five days a week, ten hours a day. Students make both an electric and acoustic guitar.

Within the first week, students select a specific type of wood for the back and side of their acoustic.

“The back is actually a reflective surface that’s braced, to reflect the sound out of the box,” said Jim Prater, an instructor at Roberto-Venn.

“I’ve had some ideas and sketches here and there over the past couple of years and finally being able to put that in a physical guitar is really exciting for me,” said Brandon Woodrow, a student at Robert-Venn.

If you’re interested in the school, you can find more information on the Roberto-Venn website.

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