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Bone Nut Making – Fast Track Seminar

Upgrade the tone and clarity of any stringed instrument, electric or acoustic, by making a properly fitted and carved bone nut! Learn how to expertly cut a bone nut in one day. This is a highly coveted skill, and a necessity for any guitar tech. Students will have the use of instruments to work on for those who do not wish to travel with their own. Almost all mass production modern guitar makers use a synthetic, injection molded material for their nuts that is pre-slotted to save time and money. Make no mistake – hand carving a nut from a piece of bone is tedious and difficult work. The skill required to cut a piece of bone by hand into a beautiful finished product is a dying art.


Topics include: Era-correct shaping styles for matching the aesthetic of vintage replacements. Material selection – distinguishing between real bone and imitation. The correct method for laying out string spacing for any neck. How to properly fit any style of nut.  The correct use of specialty files.  Methods for polishing bone to a marble-like finish.

Materials and Supplies

Excellent specialized tools are provided for your use during the class including:

These tools include:

  • High Quality Japanese Nut Slotting Files
  • Nut Shaping File
  • Nut and Saddle Vise
  • Specialty String Spacing Ruler
  • .010 Gauged Saw
  • An Assortment of Polishing Compounds and Abrasives


Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

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Ian Schneller is the founder and chief instructor of the Chicago School of Guitar Making. With over 800 handmade instruments bearing his Specimen name, he brings a wellspring of knowledge to the classroom with the mission of perpetuating the tradition of handcraft and design innovation. He has shown his work in a variety of museums around the country and is a faculty member of the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

How to Register:

Registrations are limited to 8 students. You can register for any of our classes online, by phone or in person.


Make your selection of the class dates you wish to attend (and if applicable, the type of kit) in Available Dates column on the upper right of this page and click ENROLL NOW.  Enter your information and then proceed to pay by clicking the Paypal button. It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use their service. Choose your method of payment. A receipt for your registration will appear.

Phone 773.489.4830

Call us if you prefer to register over the phone with your credit card. We will send you a confirmation via email, or by snail mail if you prefer.

In Person

Come by the shop – 1240 N Homan Ave Chicago Il 60651 – during business hours and enroll using cash, credit card or a personal check.

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12 – 7,  Saturday: 12 – 5

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Expired June 24
Saturday 12pm - 5 pm
$250.00 (USD)
Expired Aug 19
Saturday 12pm - 5 pm
$249.00 (USD)
Nov 4
Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm
$295.00 (USD)


All classes are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for a map

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