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Address: 511 E. 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18105

Phone: 610.332.8665


Jeffrey Boerner, Director of the NCC Fab 


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Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am -12pm

Other hours are available by appointment. Please call 610-332-8665 to arrange a time.

The Fab Lab Luthier Program combines old-world craftsmanship with modern manufacturing to guide participants through the fine art of building an instrument that is both rich in sound and beauty. From laser engraving and inlay, cutting the neck and exploring exotic woods to spray booth techniques and tonewood resonance testing, participants are encouraged to dream, innovate and create using the facility's comprehensive lab tools and the guidance of master luthiers.

Years in the making, the Luthier Program at Northampton Community College has increasingly expanded its program with tooling, lab and classroom space, instruction and technology. It means that you will get the best, most comprehensive training in the art, science and mechanics of guitar building available anywhere. And, you will get that education at a price you can afford.

What makes Northampton's program special?

Northampton Community College is only 12 miles from C.F. Martin. As a select member of the certification class, you will have an opportunity to tour the factory. Martin Guitar is the oldest and most prestigious guitar manufacturing company in the world. Although you will be learning how to build your instruments from scratch (step by step), you will also be introduced to the technology that is incorporated into manufactured guitars including CNC, 3-D printing, resin and carbon fiber, laser engraving/inlay, electronics and more. Advanced technical knowledge, coupled with the mastery of old-world skills, will help you apply your earned NCC Luthier Certification to a wide range of opportunities.

Sound Booth Access

All Luthier participants are also welcome to utilize the controlled environment within the Fab Lab Sound Studio booth to record and compare the guitars built on site. You can even test resonant frequencies prior to putting an instrument together!

Luthier Certification

Information Sessions

Luthier Information sessions are the first Wednesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Fab Lab, Room 340, located at 511 East Third Street, Bethlehem, Pa 18015

For more information on information sessions, please click here.

Course List

Required Course
Course Code Course Description Cost
FABGA100 Acoustic Guitar Building: The Basics $1,275
FABGA101 Acoustic Guitar Building II $1,275
FABGA103 Electric Guitar Building $899
FABGA104 The Evolution of the Guitar $258
FABGA106 The Tenor Ukulele $384
FABGB104 Music Theory for Luthiers $258
FABGBC104 The Stylism of the Guitar $258
FABGT104 Finishing Hand Application Techniques $139
FABGA108 Guitar Set Up, Repair and Maintenance Certificate $319
FABWD100 Woodworking the Basics $259
Total Cost for Required Courses $5,324
Elective Courses (2 Required)
Course Code Course Description Cost
FABGA102 The Dome Back Triple 0 $1,275
FABGA105 Solidworks for the Guitar Maker $169
FABGT102 Stompbox: Design, Build and Rock On $249
FABGT103 Tube Amp: The Classic Build $829
FABGA107 Archtop Cutaway $1,160
FABGT330 Pearl and Material Inaly for Guitar and Furniture $289
FABMW110 CNC with MasterCAMx4 $390
FABWD510 Laser Inlay and Engraving for the Woodworker $114
Module (1 Required)
Course Code Course Description Cost
FABAB103 Fab Lab and the Entrepreneur $55
FABWD500 Mastering the Table Saw $89
FABWD501 Mastering the Router $148
FABGT105 Hotter than Hot - Electronics for Guitar $329

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  • Playing the Guitar
  • Building a Guitar
  • Building a Guitar
  • Building a Guitar
  • Stringing a Guitar
  • Stringing a Guitar
  • Finish on a Guitar
  • Completed Guitar
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