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Custom Fender Neck Making

A custom made guitar neck will greatly improve the performance and tonality of any suitable guitar body. Here is an opportunity to make a guitar neck of the highest caliber and quality in a fully equipped workshop with the guidance of an expert. Instruction includes the discussion of guitar design theory, demonstrations illustrating every phase of the making process and individual instruction. Questions? Please call for details. 773-589-4830


The neck will have a non adjustable steel truss-rod similar to pre-1980 Martin guitars, which are superior in tonality, longevity and stability. It will bolt on to most existing commercial guitar bodies with a 25 1/2″ scale length. Students will fabricate a maple neck with a fret-board of either rosewood or ebony.

Stock vintage style nickel hardware, materials and a special hand stitched rasp tool is included for the student to keep.

If you are interested in different hardware options, please call us for a revision of your options, which we accommodate given a at least 2 weeks lead time.

Please note: This workshop is structured to teach each essential phase of this project. However students will work at their own pace and may require additional time outside of this workshop to complete their project.

Follow-up Courses

Enroll in one or more of our follow-up workshops for your guitar neck to receive a tuition discount: Fret, Bone Nut, Inlay, Guitar Building and Open Workshop.


The school is outfitted with individual luthiery workbenches stocked with all the tools and shop supplies required for the completion of your project.


Workshop fee includes tuition and all of the materials, supplies and tools required for this project.


Ian Schneller has been designing and building unique custom stringed instruments, guitars and tube amplifiers since 1986.  He has built custom guitars and unique hi-fidelity horn speakers for customers worldwide. His custom guitars include a number of commissions from collectors and  renown musicians.  His tube amplifiers and unique audio horn speakers have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and at ICA Boston.

Choose Date
Expired Feb 17 & 18
Sat & Sun 10 am - 5 pm
$585.00 (USD)
+$285.00 (USD) Neck Materials
Custom Fender Neck July 30, 31, Aug 1, 2
Mon - Thur. 11 am - 5 pm
$1,285.00 (USD)
-$200.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount


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

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