Make An Acoustic Guitar - Woodworking Classes at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute

Make An Acoustic Guitar

Two Weekend Class, 8 AM - 5 PM each day

Instructor: Gary Zimnicki

$500 Tuition + $450 Materials

Ages 14 & Up

Explore the world of instrument making with professional luthier Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars.

Students will make a Martin Guitar OOO body style acoustic guitar. Solid Indian Rosewood back & sides, Spruce top, Dovetail neck, 24.9" scale, White endpiece & heelcap, 28 Style top & back inlay.

Gary Zimnicki is a world renown luthier (stringed instrument maker) from Allen Park, MI. Gary has been building guitars, mandolins and ukuleles since 1979. In 2011 he began crafting instruments from wood removed from houses in Detroit. These exceptional instruments pay tribute to the history of Detroit and the craftsmen who built the homes. For more information about Zimnicki Guitars, visit

Class Size: Maximum 8 Students



About Instructor & Professional Luthier Gary Zimnicki:

Over the last 30 years, I’ve built my fair share of instruments. Each instrument has given me an opportunity to hone my craft and expand my skillset. Building completely unique instruments without any set models or guidelines has been challenging, but it has allowed me to offer something that most other manufacturers cannot: complete control over your instrument.

Starting each instrument fresh from the ground up allows me to craft an instrument that will perfectly match my customers’ needs and tastes. This removes any need to compromise on quality or purpose. Each instrument is yours and yours alone. I pride myself on giving my customers the unique opportunity to be as involved as they desire in the design of their instrument. My experience has shown me certain techniques and processes that greatly benefit specific designs, and I’m happy to draw on that experience to help you design your dream instrument.

Each instrument is handcrafted by me personally in my workshop, without the aid of any assistants or giant assembly line. This may reduce my yearly output, but it gives me complete control over every aspect of the manufacturing process. Each instrument reflects on me and thus, I am meticulous about its tone, playability, and appearance. My goal is to have each guitar that bears the Zimnicki crest attest to the effort, time, and thought that I put into manufacturing. For more information on the tools, techniques, and processes used in manufacturing my guitars, please check out the studio section.

My workshop is located in the heart of Allen Park, Michigan, in close proximity to the birthplace of the assembly line. While Henry Ford may have managed to change the world through mass production, I value the personal touch and unparalleled quality of handcrafted manufacturing. As each guitar is crafted by me, I personally stand by them and I’m certain you will be satisfied with your decision to purchase a Zimnicki Guitars instrument.