Learn Guitar Repair - Module 1, Maintaining Your Guitar
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Learn Guitar Repair - Module 1, Maintaining Your Guitar

Award Winner - Module 1, learn guitar maintenance from a professional. Includes floating bridge, fret/fingerboard clean
4.6 (79 ratings)
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383 students enrolled
Created by Kevin Webb
Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 26 articles
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Essential tools and resources needed to maintain electric, acoustic, bass and classical guitars.
  • Cleaning the guitar fingerboard and frets.
  • How to re-string a guitar, including Floyd Rose floating bridge systems.
  • Preparing a guitar for polishing, and how to re-assemble after polishing.
  • How to remove crackly electric noise from electric guitars' control knobs and switches.
  • What to polish, how to polish, and preferred types of cleaning solutions.
  • String types and gauges for classical, acoustic, bass and electric guitars.
  • So are you ready? OK, let’s get busy!
  • Have enthusiasm and a desire to learn about guitar repair.
  • Access to the Internet with download capability.
  • A place in your house to repair guitars, a sturdy table and tools (listed in Section 2).

Learn how to repair guitars, today.

Module 1, Maintaining Your Guitar, is the first in the Learn Guitar Repair series and, together with the other modules, will teach you how to repair electric and acoustic guitars and basses. This module teaches you how to professionally carry out full maintenance on your own and customer guitars.

Follow step by step with videos, downloads, quizzes and tasks.  Ask questions.  

Once you’ve completed this module, you’ll be ready to confidently and effectively tackle many of the common maintenance issues customers have with their guitars, and you’ll also save a fortune being able to work on your own instrument.  

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Learner reviews:

"Great course!"

"The instructor's explanations are detailed, demonstrating knowledge and excellence in the art of 'Luthieria'."

"Yes! Thanks Kevin!"

"It's good for beginner, he explains well everything"

"A most enjoyable course. I learned something new in each module. In those where I had no experience with the topic at all, things were explained clearly and made simple. Very easy to follow along."

"An informative and enjoyable course filled with valuable hands-on examples of proper guitar maintenance practices. Great for both beginners and more advanced guitar enthusiasts willing to learn how to take care of their instrument without spending a fortune on taking it to the luthier."

"Very detailed instructions, the instructor is very knowledgable and concise.  I would highly recommend this course, can't wait for the next course."

"It was a very solid back grounding and I will be looking for a more advanced course now and an opportunity to work on some instruments."

"This course was exactly what I wanted. I was looking into guitar building but over time realised it wasn't what I wanted. I was more interested in how guitars work and how to repair and maintain them. This was perfect and easy to follow."

"The course is very informative, entertaining and the guy is pretty funny. Watching on mobile and so far it’s pretty easy to use. No hacks required."

The award-winning Guitar Repair Technician training program has been a preferred choice within the Wales Employability Sector for guitar repair training (electric, bass, acoustic, classical), and was entered onto the Careers Wales database of approved courses in 2013.  

The problem for many, however, was access to the guitar repair workshops i.e. many people simply were unable to attend workshops  to learn how to repair electric guitars and other types due to time constraints, geographic location and transportation.  

The solution:  The Guitar Repair Technician training program is now available here through Udemy’s online learning platform for you to learn how to fix your own guitar and customer guitars in your own time, and without needing to leave home.  


This module focuses on specific maintenance jobs that a Guitar Repair Technician might experience, whether you’re working in the Guitar and Music industry, following a hobby or simply maintaining your own guitar to keep it in great shape.

Other Guitar Repair training courses are expensive, long and often not easily accessible. This module of the UK government approved training course would cost in excess of £250 per day - here, you can often save over 90% of the cost; it's very worth it.


With a 30-day money back guarantee, unlimited access time, and a certificate of completion to show future employers or to add credibility to your technical know-how and services, there's no better time to sign up to the course.  So click on the button and I'll see you there!

Who this course is for:
  • People who work in music shops.
  • All guitar lovers with a technical mind who want to work in the Guitar Repair / Technician industry.
  • Guitarists who want to save money by maintaining your own instrument.
  • Anyone who tinkers with guitars for a hobby.
  • Those who are at the beginning of their journey into the technical side of guitars.
Course content
Expand all 51 lectures 01:27:17
+ Introduction
2 lectures 03:45

Objectives for Module 1, Maintaining Your Guitar. Your objective, by the end of the module, is to: 


o  Know what tasks are required for carrying out full maintenance on a guitar.

o  Become familiar with the tools used to carry out a full maintenance service on a guitar.

o  Understand how to save money when obtaining guitar maintenance tools.

o  Learn and be able to effectively and safely apply the techniques required to carry out a full maintenance service on a guitar.

o  Build your confidence levels to provide a full maintenance service on your own guitar and a customer’s instrument.

Preview 01:53
+ Tools and Resources needed for maintaining a guitar
14 lectures 25:08

Download and watch the following Resources Explained videos for tips on tools to use, costs and other valuable information.

Resources Explained - Calipers
Resources Explained - Tuner
Resources Explained - Neck Supports
Resources Explained - Fret Cleaners
Resources Explained - How To Make A Fingerboard Protector
Resources Explained - Abrasives
Resources Explained - More Resources
Resources Explained - Allen Keys
Resources Explained - Cabinet Scraper
Resources Explained - Polishes and Cloths

Here's a list of the resources used for this Guitar Repair course; feel free to download the .pdf for you to refer to, you'll find it very useful.

Resources List
It’s time to see how much you remember from the two videos in Section 2.
A List Of Tools
1 question
+ Preparation
9 lectures 17:24

In this video, you’ll see methods for removing old strings. This will include loosening and cutting the strings, removing acoustic bridge pins, finding out what to do when the strings become stuck on a Fender-style guitar, and removing strings from the Gibson-style guitar without damaging the body, as well as looking at string removal for bass and acoustic guitars.

Removing Old Strings
CHECK YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Removing Old Strings
For this assignment, reflect on the process of removing old strings (these strings won’t be used again).
Removing Old Strings
1 question

As you watch this video, take note of what parts can be removed and how to remove them, how to undo difficult screws and how to avoid accidentally losing or mixing up parts (bearing in mind that you might be working on more than one guitar at a time).

Parts To Remove
It’s important to know what parts can be removed before polishing the guitar, to make life easier and for a more professional result.
Removable Parts
1 question

Loose screws and nuts can create other problems, so it’s always a good idea to check the guitar over to tighten anything that needs tightening and lube anything that needs freeing up.  Tuning problems can also be easily corrected at this stage.  It is important to take extra care when carrying out these tasks, as you can accidentally scratch or damage screws and the guitar finish.  So watch this video to find out what to tighten, how to correct common tuning problems, and how to minimise or avoid any damage.

Parts To Secure
Let’s see how many items you can remember that might need tightening.
Securing The Parts
1 question

Switches and control knobs for volume and tone can become crackly over time due to dirt and surface corrosion.  Fixing this can really transform the playing experience for any guitarist. Watch this video to find out how.

Fixing Electric Noise
CHECK YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Fixing Electric Noise

Answer all questions as best as you can.

TRUE or FALSE: Fixing Electric Noise
3 questions
+ Clean and Polish
5 lectures 11:06

Now that you’ve removed many of the parts of the guitar, let’s take a look at polishing them.  Watch the video 'Guitar Repair - Maintenance, 4A Polish the Parts.mp4'.

Cleaning and polishing the guitar parts

Answer all questions as best as you can.

TRUE or FALSE: Polishing the parts of a guitar
2 questions
Cleaning and polishing the guitar body
CHECK YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Polishing the Body

Answer all questions as best as you can.

TRUE or FALSE: Polishing the guitar body
2 questions
+ Cleaning the Fingerboard
3 lectures 03:01

While you watch this video, listen out for tips on what not to do as well as what to do.  The video combines more than one guitar while using the cabinet scraper on the whole of the fingerboard.

How to clean a non-lacquered fingerboard using a cabinet scraper
CHECK YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Clean the Fingerboard
What do you remember about cleaning the fingerboard?
Cleaning the Fingerboard
1 question
+ Cleaning the Frets
3 lectures 02:23

This is a quick video showing you the methods for cleaning frets on a cambered neck.  Often, during fret cleans, the fingerboard becomes marked slightly and so we’ll have a quick look at how to correct this.

How to clean guitar frets using an abrasive eraser and fret file / abrasives

Answer all questions as best as you can.

TRUE or FALSE: Cleaning Frets
5 questions
+ Using LemOil
3 lectures 03:01

Watch the video to gain a clear insight into the use of LemOil on the fingerboard and the acoustic guitar bridge.

How to apply LemOil effectively to the fingerboard and acoustic bridge

Answer all questions as best as you can.

TRUE or FALSE: Applying LemOil
4 questions
+ Re-Assembling the Parts
3 lectures 03:07

Watch this video to prepare you for the next tasks.  It will remind you of how to re-assemble the parts that have been removed, and give you some great advice and a few ‘heads-ups’.

Preview 02:38
+ String Types and Gauges
3 lectures 00:52
'String Types and Gauges' - OVERVIEW

Take note of string types, brands, sizes and uses.

An overview of string types and gauges
CHECK YOUR KNOWLEDGE - String Types & Gauges

Answer all questions as best as you can.

TRUE or FALSE: Strings
16 questions
+ Changing Strings
3 lectures 10:06
'Changing Strings' - OVERVIEW

In this video, you’ll be able to see how to effectively and efficiently put new strings on the different types of guitars.  We’ll also have a look at how to tune the guitar, know when it is at an acceptable tolerance, and how to reduce the amount and regularity that the strings go out of tune.

How to change strings for an electric, acoustic and classical guitar
Would you be able to explain to somebody how to change strings on any general guitar?
How To Change Strings
1 question