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Bone Nut Making – Fast Track

Upgrade the tone and clarity of your guitar, bass or any stringed instrument by making a properly fitted and carved bone nut. Learn how to expertly cut a bone nut in one day. 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. The skill required to cut a piece of bone by hand into a beautiful finished product is a dying art.   Make no mistake – hand carving a nut from a piece of bone is demanding work – and richly rewarding. This skill is a necessity for any guitar tech.


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


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


Register for any of our classes online, by phone or in person. Please note: Registrations are final and nonrefundable. In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition. Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.



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The Chicago School of Guitar Making

ADDRESS   1240 N. Homan Ave. Chicago IL 60651

HOURS   Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 pm, and Saturday: 12 – 5


PHONE  773-489-4830