Student Work

I love teaching. More to the point, I love sharing my passion for guitar-building. That’s why I offer instruction on any or all of the multitude of phases that go into building a steel string guitar, from wood selection all the way through to finish and final setup. Please call me for availability and rates.


“I had begun thinking about learning how to build guitars having worked for Dobro years ago, and my love for playing guitar. I looked around at different opportunities which involved a large sum of money for a condensed course of about 2 or 3 weeks. So, I found myself in a doctor’s waiting room and picked up a magazine with Asheville in the title. I saw an ad for Dream Guitars. I also had been looking for someone to replace a neck on one of my Taylors. I went for a visit to Dream Guitars. They directed me toward James Condino. To make a long story short I met with James who advised me to send the guitar out to Taylor’s shop in California, and we discussed my pursuit in learning guitar making. He in turn put me in touch with Ken Jones. And I thank all of them.
My experience with Ken will always be one of my best. He really took the time to lead me through the complete and total construction of a very well built instrument. I had picked out some Indian rosewood for the sides and back and red spruce for the top. He provided some nice mahogany for the neck.
Ken’s shop is very well equipped, so we were able to go through each step in detail. He guided me through all of it. Ken is a very patient man which lent to a relaxed environment, which I embrace. I could never have built the quality this instrument is without his help. No 3 week course could have possibly given me the knowledge that he did over the time we spent. I have to work for a living through the week so we scheduled each session and this worked very well for me. He took years off my learning curve had I chosen another route. I highly recommend Ken as a teacher of lutherie. I look forward to working with him in the future as a mentor. We never stop learning. Thanks Ken.”

— John Faries