Building Custom Acoustic Guitars


Welcome to O’Brien Guitars.

I am dedicated to building and teaching the art of fine custom classical, flamenco, steel string, and electric guitar construction to anyone who wants a quality-handcrafted guitar that sounds amazing.

I learned and developed my acoustic guitar building skills over several years when I was living in Brazil.   Fortunately, the Internet allows me to share with you these skills I learned years ago, so that you can build a custom designed acoustic guitar for yourself.


I have taught hundreds of students how to build their own custom designed acoustic guitar. This is a very rewarding and satisfying experience for everyone.

Here is a video of a student building a guitar with me in my shop. At the end of each day the student comments about what we accomplished and what he learned throughout the day. For more student class videos visit my classes page.

My online guitar construction courses focus on every step in the process of making a concert quality classical or steel string guitar. With over 25 hours of guitar building instruction on video in each course it is like having your own luthier mentor standing right beside you during the entire guitar building process, teaching you the guitar construction ideas and procedures one step at a time. It is like being in a guitar building class designed just for you…in fact, it is designed just for you.

My unique French polish finish available on my custom guitars and  also taught in the online classical guitar building course,  provides a superior guitar finish that is fast to learn, easy to apply, durable and easily repairable. I believe you will find this French polish guitar finish technique enjoyable to work with and an excellent choice for your guitar’s finish.

If you want to learn how to build and finish your own quality custom designed acoustic guitar then my online guitar building courses are perfect for you.  The “online courses” will also show you what guitar building tools and jigs you need as well as how to make guitar-building jigs for some of the various opportunities that arise during the guitar building process.

In addition, I provide guitar-building instruction on YouTube in my very popular Luthier Tips du Jour video series. Check out these guitar construction videos as they are free for anyone wanting to build either a classical or steel string guitar.

As well, I also offer private classes where I teach students, one to one, in my private shop, how to build their own custom classical, flamenco or steel string guitar. If you are interested in one of these classes then email me to clarify any questions or to make arrangements for your class.


Also, when you join my online acoustic guitar building classes I will be inviting you to my private forum where I and other luthiers from around the world will answer questions for you and encourage you during the building of your custom guitar.

So, welcome to O’Brien where you are on your way to owning a better custom acoustic guitar built by me for you or by you just for you…congratulations!

In addition, I have put together a series of pictures that will allow you to take a look at a guitar under construction and get an idea of the steps involved in making a fine handmade classical or steel string guitar. You will also be able to see some of the models I build and sell.

Also, be sure to check out my instructional DVDs on guitar building. These DVDs will show you, step by step with pictures and audio, how to build your own classical or steel string guitar. I am also currently developing a complete online electric  guitar building course. Stay tuned for more details.

Be sure to check out my classes page to see some pics    from past and current classes.  You can also learn about  future classes and workshops and various master classes.  You will also find information about joining the Robert O’Brien invitation only guitar building forum. Watch the video below to hear one of my classcial guitars being played by Dave Olsson.

I would enjoy hearing from you. If you have any questions or comments please contact me.

Robbie O’Brien