June 12, 2014 9:12 pm
Updated: June 12, 2014 10:41 pm

Guitar-building course to be offered at BCIT this fall


WATCH: A BCIT woodworking instructor who has fixed the strings of many famous guitars is now launching a new custom guitar building course on campus next fall.

VANCOUVER – If you have ever wanted to learn how to build your own guitar then a new course starting at BCIT in the fall will be for you.

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The instructor, Don Shortt, has been teaching woodworking for the past 18 years as an instructor in the BCIT joinery (cabinetmaker) program. But for the past 35 years has also been moonlighting as a guitar builder. He mostly builds for himself but has repaired guitars for Brian Adams, KD Lang and Randy Bachman.

And  when Joe Perry of Aerosmith needed a special sound for a recording session, it was Shortt who built a guitar that fit the bill.

Shortt apprenticed under Attila Blough, founder of Odyssey guitars, where he honed his craft.

There are not many luthier (guitar-building) courses available and some in the U.S. can cost as much as $10,000.

The BCIT course will cost $6,000 can take 16 people.

For more information, check out the BCIT website.

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