OUR VERY OWN GUITAR HERO
CHRISTOPHER JACOBS, AIRCRAFT SALES PROFESSIONAL, BUILDING MY OWN GUITAR
Arriving in Lavin in the early evening, the air was warm and the atmosphere electric for such a small village. Lukas promptly met me as I walked out of the train station, and escorted me to his workshop; little did I know what the following three weeks would entail! I had signed up to a unique experience to say the least; The Build it Yourself Experience, at Brunner Guitars, Lavin, Switzerland.
In this ‘course’ you have the opportunity to build your own guitar alongside a master Luthier (guitar builder), and what’s even better, the guitar is yours to keep at the end of the experience. Apart from certain small consumables, every single part of the guitar is cut, bent, shaped, glued, filed, sanded and produced by hand from extremely high quality wood sourced from around the world.
My guitar alone has wood from Switzerland, Honduras, Mexico, India and Hawaii, and with the three other attendees in the experience, we had even more woods sourced from around the world. The experience is spread across three weeks, and each participant is encouraged to do as much of the work as is possible, but, if one is unable or too scared, Lukas will step in and complete the task on their behalf, always ensuring that the end product is nothing less than typical Swiss perfection!