Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

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Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

Post by David Searle Guitars » 14 Mar 2016, 18:20

Hi All!

I am proud to announce the opening of the 'Melbourne School of Guitar Making'.

Robert Pryke and myself have been running the 'Electric Guitar and Bass Making' course successfully at NMIT/Melbourne Polytechnic for over 4 years and this year we decided to do it under our own banner. We've had a number of ozbass members do the course with us with great results. Many of you have seen the threads of their builds and joined in the fun via all of your posts.
We've almost finished our set-up of the factory based in Croydon (Melbourne eastern suburbs) with loads of machinery and equipment that will make what we had to work with at the TAFE college look a little light on. A few great things that we can now offer is much more scope in the builds that people can do and more class times to choose from. Something that inflexible TAFE courses just couldn't offer and most definitely what people wanted! I'll be posting more on the cost of the courses and times that we'll be holding them over the next few days.

Cheers, David

And now for some shots!

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David Searle and Rob Pryke

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Some of the work benches in progress

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My corner for DJS Guitars to work out of
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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making

Post by Chrisp » 14 Mar 2016, 19:55

Fantastic. I have convinced my bloke that he needs to build me a bass. He didn't need much convincing actually, he is quite keen. Looking forward to finding out more about the courses.

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making

Post by Peter TRB » 15 Mar 2016, 07:06

Well done David. This is a great initiative and needed . I like the fact there is a growing respect for playing the instrument you make.

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Post by MrMow » 15 Mar 2016, 10:50

Well done guys, good to see a course taking it seriously!
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Post by BazzBass » 15 Mar 2016, 11:49

awww man but I'm in Adelaide.....
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Post by Classic5 » 16 Mar 2016, 07:25

From a student point of view the opportunity this provides is just too good to pass up. To learn instrument making skills from two of the best is really something special. Congrats to both of you :thumbup:
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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making

Post by David Searle Guitars » 17 Mar 2016, 15:39

Some update shots!

Firstly the main body of the spray booth went in today. Plenty more to do on this but it went back together very well.
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This second shot is of Rob putting the finishing touches on the workbenches that he has hand made using all recycled timber.
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Now off to buy some more machinery and dust extraction units

Cheers, David

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making

Post by Phil » 18 Mar 2016, 05:40

Gorgeous, pretty much a dream workshop for anyone into woodworking. I'd be curious to head more about that strap booth. What are you using for fan? Is that a homemade booth or an existing brand of booth?

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making

Post by David Searle Guitars » 18 Mar 2016, 06:19

Phil wrote:Gorgeous, pretty much a dream workshop for anyone into woodworking. I'd be curious to head more about that strap booth. What are you using for fan? Is that a homemade booth or an existing brand of booth?
Hi Phil,
The booth as you see it is the rear section that will house the filter material and the extraction fan. Their is another front section of panels to be screwed on that contains the lighting. The fan is a 3 phase unit that is a sealed explosion proof one. Having looked into possibly building a booth, I found that there was very strict rules around their constrction, and was fortunate to find buy this unit from a kitchen manufacturer that had out-grown it. It looks like the same unit that we were using at the TAFE college.

Cheers, David

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making

Post by PilbaraBass » 18 Mar 2016, 11:45

Building a bass at a place like this, I MUST add to my bucket list ...
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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

Post by David Searle Guitars » 10 Apr 2016, 11:57

OPEN DAY OPEN DAY OPEN DAY OPEN DAY OPEN DAY OPEN DAY OPEN DAY

Hi All,
We're having an open day and enrollment session at our new facility this coming Saturday 16th of April.
You can find us at 1/36 Taylors Rd. Croydon 3138

Come on in and soak up the atmosphere. You'll be able to chat with us about some of your ideas, see all of our equipment, try out some sample instruments and enjoy a cuppa or even a chilled beverage if that takes your fancy!

We'll be there from 11am to 3pm

See you there!

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Cheers, David & Rob

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

Post by David Searle Guitars » 13 Apr 2016, 09:37

Hi All

We've launched our new website!
Check it out at: www.melbourneschoolofguitarmaking.com.au

cheers, David.

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

Post by basshack » 13 Apr 2016, 10:30

That's a pretty slick website. Sorry I can't be there for the opening but I will be there for some class time down the track.
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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

Post by Daniel Kinnaird » 13 Apr 2016, 13:43

Congrats! Looks great!

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Re: Melbourne School of Guitar Making OPEN DAY

Post by drbass » 13 Apr 2016, 14:44

One design comment, David:

It's not immediately obvious (at least on my system) that you need to scroll down to see relevant information.
Other than that it's "slick" - just quoting Blaine.

See you Saturday.

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