Jerome Duffell

Luthier Guitar Maker


Make your own Gypsy Jazz Guitar

One month Selmer guitar making course in Cardigan west Wales U.K. Maximum 4 participants per course

Early booking recommended

New 2024 course dates:

18th of October – 17th of November 2024


Book now to avoid disspointment

£3550 plus accommodation.

2025 course dates – April & October

More info below

One of a Kind

I currently offer the only course available worldwide to make and study for a month to build your own gypsy jazz Selmer style guitar.
This course runs 2 times per year and is limited to a maximum of 4 participants.

The course is one month long and students will leave with a high spec professional guitar made by themself. On the course you will study how to chose wood and all guitar making techniques needed to build your own guitar, like fretting, finishing, set up, neck carving, top construction and top tuning etc

Hand Made By You

All learning and craft is set in my workshop in west Wales which is fully set up to for teaching and professional guitar construction.

Participants will immerse themselves into a comfortable and inspiring world of guitar making. Choose from a wide variety of materials for your hand made professional guitar made entirely by you !

This is the only course in the world where you can make your own Selmer – Maccaferi style / gypsy jazz guitar.

Remember to book early to avoid disappointment !

The workshop is set in the historic town of Cardigan in the county of Ceredigion which has been well known for Welsh harp making stretching back to the 11th century. The workshop is in the Mwldan theratre.

Students will stay locally and dive deep in their work on their guitar srounded by the vibraint local culture and beautiful nature. There are pleanty of coastal paths and inspiring walks to explore on days off. Plus many local cafes, pubs and restuarants, and suana and spa to relax in.

Course materials

European Spruce or Cedar is used for tops built on the course and some torrefied Spruce may be available
Mahogany or walnut neck
Large choice of veneer for lamminated back and sides
(same construction as Selmer used)

Indian rosewood or ebony fretboard
Gold frets
Truss rod
Rubner tuners
Lable making
Optional students logo on Headstock
Optional Hiscox’s flight case

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Photos of past courses

" I had an incredible time building my guitar on the course. I went in to the experience with not very much woodworking experience, Jerome is a great teacher and has a skill for knowing exactly the right level of assistance to give to make sure you end up with an incredible guitar. The workshop was a dream to be in and the area around Cardigan is the ideal setting in a stunning part of the world to spend a happy month in. I could not be happier with the guitar that I came away with, I am a professional guitarist living in Berlin and the guitar has served me well on many gigs already ! I learnt so many new skills and techniques with Jerome that will be forever valuable to me when it comes to building more in the future - which I intend to do ! Thanks Jerome "

George Birkitt - Guitarist - Berlin DE

"The guitar I made in Jeromes course is fantastic in every way. The whole experience of building and spending time in the shop was incredible"

Ray Singleton - Guitarist - W Virginia USA

“I've just returned home from a 4 week course, building a guitar at Jerome Duffell's workshop in Cardigan. I can't recommend this course highly enough! It's long been a dream of mine to build my own guitar, and i'm so pleased and proud of what I’ve achieved and I'm now the owner of a fabulous guitar. This is all down to my hard work and the knowledge and guidance of the luthier. The workshop is really well equipped and pleasant environment to work in. I now understand what it takes to build a high spec instrument. Jerome was really patient with me and inspiring to work with, he puts his heart and soul into every guitar he builds."

John Layton - Musician - Devon UK

“In short, guitar after guitar, Jerome consistently produces some of the finest, incredible instruments available.”

Nick Christie - Guitarist - Malmö Sweden