Profession stringed musical instrument maker

Stringed musical instrument makers create and assemble parts to create stringed instruments according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, measure and attach strings, test quality of strings and inspect the finished instrument.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

  • Organic building materials

    The types and processing of organic materials to build products or parts of products.

  • Tuning techniques

    Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.

  • Musical instruments materials

    The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

Skills

  • Repair musical instruments

    Attach new strings, fix frames or replace broken parts of musical instruments.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Maintain musical instruments

    Check and maintain musical instruments.

  • Assemble musical instrument parts

    Assemble parts together such as the body, strings, buttons, keys, and others to create the final musical instrument.

  • Create musical instrument parts

    Design and create parts such as keys, reeds, bows, and others for musical instruments.

  • Tune stringed musical instruments

    Tune any parts of stringed musical instruments that are off-key, by using various tuning techniques.

  • Decorate musical instruments

    Create designs on musical instruments by using methods such as embossing, piercing, painting, woodworking, weaving, and other methods.

  • Restore musical instruments

    Restore old musical instruments to their original condition and conserve them in that state.

Optional knowledge and skills

produce violin components wood cuts pass on trade techniques 3d modelling types of violins conservation techniques stain wood create smooth wood surface types of guitars play musical instruments identify customer's needs set up the controller of a machine select restoration activities verify product specifications acoustics sand wood dye wood musical instrument accessories manipulate wood types of spring history of musical instruments types of strings produce violin bows design musical instruments produce guitar components estimate value of musical instruments apply restoration techniques join wood elements evaluate restoration procedures trade in musical instruments types of wood sales promotion techniques produce harp components chemistry technical drawings estimate restoration costs