Guitar setup and maintenance workshop

Date TBD
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
MI Guitar Craft Academy, Nashville, TN

Come spend a day at MI Guitar Craft Academy Nashville and learn the technical craft of guitar setup and maintenance. You will leave with a firm foundation and knowledge of proper mechanics and playability of guitars.


  • Tools involved
  • Properly change strings
  • String height
  • Intonation
  • Nut height
  • Truss rod
  • Fretboard radius
  • Pickup height
  • Properly clean and care for your instrument



GCA Nashville Instructor Steven Mather is a San Francisco Bay area native who moved to Nashville 7 years ago. He’s been playing music since his teens, and he started doing minor repair work in high school while working in a local guitar shop. After enrolling in a bass program at Musicians Institute’s Hollywood location in 2006, he realized that guitar building and repair were where his true interests lay.

Before moving to Nashville to work at GCA Nashville, Steven spent time in Austin, Texas, working at Collings Guitars and in Los Angeles at boutique builder Thorn Custom Guitars. At Thorn, he did inlay work for Fender’s Custom Shop and Gretsch. Stephen also spent two years working for the Masterbuilt area of the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, CA. He says Nashville has been a great fit for him: “I felt comfortable here immediately. The luthier community here is something I hadn’t experienced before — warm and welcoming, and very tight knit.”


Program requirements, course information, and GCA details.


Admissions department is ready to answer any questions!


The first step is to complete an Application for Admission.

Musicians Institute Guitar Craft Academy Nashville is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.