A Course for Everyone
Whether you are brand new to guitar repair or you have been in the field for years....
-Do you desire a better career?
-Are you retired and looking for a hobby?
-Tired of your current job and want to do something that interests you?
-Want to start maintaining your own gear & do your own Setups?
-Do your customers complain about your setups?
-Are your personal guitar builds just not playing good enough to sell?
-Are you a guitar tech that just wants a library of resources for tried & true repair techniques?
-Are you a DIY'er and want to invest in a new skill?
-Are you a music store owner that wants to train your staff on Guitar Repair Services and tap into the repair revenue?
-Are you in the Guitar Repair field already but want to gain more confidence with your current repair abilities?
-Are you looking for a more economical option vs. spending $8000-$10,000 on an in person Luthier School?
-Do you have a large collection, and learning to do your own setups would save you money?
-Have you attended a Luthier School for building and now realize the 2 weeks of repair training you received, just won't cut it in the real world?
-Are you a Luthier building school graduate and now realize the money is in the repair side of Lutherie?
-Are you at a standstill in life and want to learn a new trade?
-Are you about to graduate high school and want to learn a trade that is a better fit for you than a 4 year college program?
If any of this speaks to you, you are our ideal student! Our school is made up of people exactly like you.
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What can you expect from Southeast Guitar Repair Academy?
Guitar Repair Academy is an online Luthier School that will teach you the repair side of Lutherie. We'll teach you the expert techniques the luthiers of Southeast Guitar Repair have used over the past 25 years. From refrets to our signature "Southeast Setup", we'll let you in on all of our trade secrets...
We created a repeatable system at Southeast Guitar Repair to train our techs to master our repair techniques. Now, that same system is available to you-our students!
We have crafted the ideal curriculum so you can get to work on guitars and start making an income.
Our repair shop- Southeast Guitar Repair is a world renowned Guitar Repair Shop. We are one of C.F. Martin's busiest Authorized Warranty Service Centers. And the only one in the Atlanta area. We teach the same techniques we use for Martin, Fender & Gibson Warranty repairs. If you are hesitant of our reputation, please call any one of those manufacturers to verify our decades of flawless repairs for them. We teach you industry standard repair processes so that one day, you can apply to become service providers for those same manufacturers. Our repair processes are tried and true and approved by so many manufacturers. We have over 25 years of business and we complete repairs on hundreds of guitars every month. No shortage of expertise here! We have mastered every repair possible.
Our Courses are Comprised Of 3 Modules
With 2 different course options, you have the ability to choose which modules will benefit you. We have a Guitar Repair Technician Course & a Master's Guitar Repair Luthier Course for those that want a more advanced Luthier education.
MODULE 1: Core Curriculum (Included in Technician & Master's Courses)
Module 1 is comprised of our Core Curriculum. This section contains all of the basic repair lessons that teach you:
-Hand Carved Bone Nuts
-Hand Carved Bone Saddles
These are the day to day jobs you will see most often in a repair shop or music store. We teach you these repair lessons on multiple types of guitars such as Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Floyd Rose Styles, Classical Guitars, Bass Guitars.
MODULE 2: Business Course (Included in Technician & Master's Courses)
Module 2 is our Business Course. You will find all of the lessons pertaining to launching your business. Whether you want to open a store front location or a legitimate workshop from your home, we will teach you all the steps to make your business official. We teach so many aspects of the business side. From forming your business structure, to getting your resale license for vendor accounts to purchase wholesale parts, advertising techniques to generate new business, business liability insurance and plenty more valuable lessons for launching your business to the public. This is an area most Luthier schools do not teach because they lack the experience and knowledge of running a business open to the public. This module will help you take your business to the next level professionally.
MODULE 3: Live Repair Lessons (Only Included in Master's Luthier Course)
Module 3 is where you will find all of our Live Repair Lessons. This section of the course is where we teach more advanced repairs like:
-also all of our restoration jobs.
This section is continually growing. We add at least 1 new lesson every week. We also teach you warranty repairs for the leading manufacturers in the webinar section. These lessons are filmed live with no editing. This will allow you to learn how much time a repair may take you. This is imperative in learning your workload turnaround.
Our online course gives you the opportunity to be part of so many repairs. Your classroom is our Guitar Shop. You will see every type of repair imaginable! The problem solving you are going to learn with us, is not comparable to any repair school or course any where else! Guitar Repair is very unpredictable. You can see 100 different issues during a Setup. During our live repair video each week, you are going to see us run into those issues- LIVE! No editing out a buzzy fret, you learn exactly what to do when you come across these different scenarios. A classroom will not allow you to see these pop up issues. We will get you ready for real scenarios you are bound to run into at some point in your Lutherie career. Since you get Lifetime Access, you will get every update we add to the course. You get to learn and grow forever. Our course is jam packed with so much content & value!
* We have additional Lutherie Courses to fit your needs. See the "All Programs" Tab at the top of the page.
Our Guitar Repair Course is 100% online. Learn at your own pace and on your own timeline from the convenience of your home, anywhere in the world. We even have students in Canada & Europe.
For Every Stage Of Luthier
Whether you are a luthier struggling with your current repair techniques, brand new to guitar repair, or you are a player just looking to service your own guitars - this course is for you!
Endless Career Options
Guitar Repair Technicians have so many options when it comes to their career. You can secure a gig on the road with a touring musician, start your own Guitar Shop, offer repairs from your home workshop, or get a position at a local music store's repair counter.
For Paying Tuition
We have 2 options for paying your Tuition. You may pay a one time tuition payment for Lifetime access to the course. Or if you need a more affordable payment option, we offer a payment plan to break your tuition up over time.
*Certification presented after completion of courses and passing Final Exam.
If you are on the payment plan option you will receive your certification upon your final Tuition Payment. (Don't worry, you may retake the final exam until you pass.)
Master's Guitar Repair Luthier Course
One Time Payment (payment plan available)$2999 Master's Course Tuition Click Here
Guitar Repair Technician Course
One Time Payment (payment plan available)$1699 Tuition Payment Click Here
Payment Plan for Master's Guitar Repair Luthier Course
$699 Tuition Enrollment Deposit & $199 for 12 Months
Same course offerings as the Master's Course but with monthly paymentsPayment Plan for Master's Luthier Course
Payment Plan for Guitar Repair Technician Course
$319 for 6 Payments
Same course outline as above but with monthly paymentsPayment Plan for Guitar Repair Technician Course
What makes us different?
If you are questioning why pay for a course when you can get free videos on Youtube or pay for a $20 Setup course, I'll explain what makes our course different and worth investing in. There is so much misinformation on Youtube. We cringe most times we watch a guitar repair video there. Rarely we come across someone that gives full correct information. We wouldn't have put countless hours into this course if quality information was already available on YouTube for free. Youtube is filled with fancy cut & edits and really nice camera tricks. We are raw and real time. We show real repairs in true time. And the best part is, we are not familiar with the instruments (they are not our personal guitars). So when you see us master that guitar in real time, you learn real problem solving skills. And the extra value of the course comes during the Weekly Repair Lessons. These are jam packed with so much information and support! Is your Youtuber actually doing any Setups for paying clients? Or is he creating content to generate Ad revenue? Our clients pay us over & over to do this same setup. We have online reviews all over the internet. Our clients rave over our setups and repair work! Our entire guitar shop uses the same specs to produce the perfect Setup- the "Southeast Setup". And now you get the opportunity to learn our secret tried & true techniques. Our classroom is right in our busy Guitar Shop. We have hundreds of guitars brought in every month. We are the expert in the Guitar Repair industry. The time you will save from scouring the internet for proper repair information will pay for your investment over and over. One Library with tried and true repairs that have been tested to be the most efficient process for 25 years and counting.
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Meet your Instructor
Barrett Culpepper is the owner and Master Luthier at Southeast Guitar Repair in Buford, Georgia. He has over 16 years of experience as a Luthier & has trained dozens of Luthiers under him. We first designed Guitar Repair Academy as a training tool for our Repair Shop to train our newly hired apprentices. When we saw how fast the new apprentices were learning from this specialized training platform, we decided to offer it to other students. We know what the other Luthier schools offer and we wanted to fill the void with a more complete education program for Guitar Repair Luthierie.
Curious about what it's like to work in a Guitar Repair Shop?
We enjoy working on guitars all day! You never know who is going to be your next client. We meet some great people from all walks of life. We get to play on every model of guitar you can imagine. Its a pretty sweet gig! You will definitely have no shortage of people wanting to chat you up whenever you mention you are a Luthier! Better than being stuck in an office all day.