• Basic Build
  • Course Cost
  • Advanced Finishes

Build Your Own Guitar Course

course pic 1The title says it all! This class is tailored to anyone who would like to build a solid body electric guitar. We start with raw materials and finish with a playable product that you take home at the end of the week. From laying out scales and designing your own guitar, to fretwork, setup and electronics, we will cover all the stages of electric guitar building in our week of hands on instruction. All skill levels are welcome for the BYOG class.

The course will focus on the construction of your bolt on neck, slab body, electric guitar with a hand rubbed oil finish. The finish has been chosen to allow students to fully complete the guitar, and travel home with their newly created instruments. A nitro finish just takes too long to apply and cure to be a course option, but know that most things are available as services if not part of the course. *

At BCG Safety is priority number one. You will be trained to use the shop tools safely, and Brooks will be at your side for each step of the process to ensure the best possible outcome, however if you are uncomfortable with any of the steps or tools Brooks can assist you as needed, or even perform the job for you.

The BYOG course will be limited to three students. To reserve a class space, a non-refundabledeposit is required. Other than below, course dates will be announced by email and social media postings or you can sign up here to get on a no- commitment waiting list. The waiting list folks will be the first to receive updates for course dates and openings.

course pic 2Classes will run from 9 to 6, with an hour for lunch, and breaks staggered throughout the day. The shop can be a tiring atmosphere so your full focus will be needed. Upon placing a deposit for a class you will be given a choice of five body styles, three headstock styles, different wood choices for body, fretboard and veneers, hardware and pickup packages, and finish options. This basic parts list is included in the course cost however upgrades are available for an additional cost. There is a list below of the included options as well as a list of optional upgrades.

The cost is $2500 and includes all materials and shop consumables, as well as the instruction and access to tools needed to perform all tasks for the course, but does not include travel, boarding, or meals. Discount lodging nearby is available as well as student discounts for lunch. We will take an hour to enjoy the natural beauty of the quaint town of Bluffton, South Carolina and visit some of the locals favorite bar and grills for lunch. We will also have a farewell grill-out at the shop on the last day and celebrate our accomplishments.

Build Your Own Guitar Course Cost and Options sheet

Basic class with no upgrades is $2500

Basic options package include the following choices

  • Body wood choices include two piece swamp ash, alder, mahogany or basswood. *(upgrade choices include bubbinga, paduak, walnut, also Curly or quilted maple drop tops)*
  • Five body profiles to choose from FC, PC, Clone 2, Clone 3, Clone 4
  • Numerous headstocks styles to choose from including BCG fishhook, mini and modern styles. The three 6 in lines can be reversed making a total of six headstock options!
  • Choice of Maple or rosewood fretboard *(upgrade to Ebony, curly maple)*
  • Choice of stain color for body wood
  • Seymour Duncan pickups in either H-H (think les paul) S-S-S (think strat) or S-S (think telecaster) *(upgrade to H-S-H, S-S-H, with 5-way switching)*
  • Choice of controls include 2 volume 2 tone, 1 volume 1 tone, 2 volume 1 tone, 1 volume 2 tone, all with either a three way toggle or three or five way blade style switch.
  • Bridge hardware choices include t-style modern, t-style vintage, , s-style hard tail, top loading or string thru body, tun-o-matic with stop tail, *(upgrades choices include, S-style tremolo, Wilkinson tremolo, Bigsby, Floyd Rose, black or gold hardware upgrades)*
  • Tuners choices include Gotoh/Grover mini 6, 6 in line chrome *(upgrades include, Gotoh/ Grover, locking tuners, black hardware upgrade, gold hardware upgrade)*
  • Bone or graphite nut
  • DR strings in 9, 10, or 11 gauge

*BCG does offer finishing services (please inquire if you have questions about our finishing services)
Brooks Cobb Guitars Is located on the May River in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Contact brooks by email at or call or text and leave a message (843)-505-1426