Fretting Workshop

This seminar is a comprehensive presentation and demonstration of the techniques required to execute a professional quality re-fret on a guitar, bass or other fretted instrument. This is the ideal seminar for anyone working as a guitar technician, roadie, music store employee, touring musician or for anyone interested in working on instruments.


With both lecture and hands-on training, students are guided through each step of a re-fret and execute the process themselves. Lecture and demonstrations will address all types of fret jobs, including bound and unbound boards, finished vs unfinished, different wood types, fret sizes, playing styles and the pros and cons of various tools.

Topics include:

  • Instrument assessment
  • Nut and fret removal
  • Fretboard and slot preparation
  • Binding considerations
  • Fret selection
  • Fret cleaning
  • Fret rolling
  • Fret measuring and cutting
  • Fret installing and gluing
  • Fretboard clean-up
  • Fret leveling
  • Fret beveling
  • Fret crowning and polishing
  • Nut re-installation (or making a new nut)

Materials and Supplies

The school will provide each student with their own individual workstation and all necessary tools. We can also provide an instrument to any student who does not wish to re-fret their own.


Weeknights: 7 pm – 9:30 pm, the same evening each week over 4 consecutive weeks
Weekends: 11 am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday


$425, Weeknights

$525, Weekends

*An early registration discount may apply. Tuition includes lecture/demonstrations, personal instruction, handout materials and use of specialized tools, guitar workbench and shop supplies.

Fretting 5Instructors

Pete Mueller Pete is a guitar builder and repair technician at Specimen. Pete teaches Electric Guitar BuildingLap Steel Guitar BuildingSetup & Maintenance for Guitar and BassBone Nut & Saddle MakingAdvanced Repairs and Fretting Workshop at the Chicago School of Guitar Making.

How to Register:

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

Register Online

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 the required information and then proceed to pay by clicking the Paypal button and choose your method of payment.

NOTE: It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use their service.

Register by 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.

Register in Person

Come by the shop during business hours and enroll using cash, credit card, or a personal check.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 12 – 7

Saturday: 12 – 5

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Fretting Workshop

Choose Date
Expired November 12 & 13
Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm
$535.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired December 13, 14, 15 & 16
Tue - Fri 7pm - 9:30pm
$425.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired February 18 & 19
Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm
$525.00 (USD)
Expired April 3, 4, 5 & 6
Mon - Thu 7pm - 9:30pm
$425.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
June 10 & 11
Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm
$535.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
July 17, 18, 19 & 20
Mon - Thu 7pm - 9:30pm
$435.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount


Classes are taught by Specimen owner Ian Schneller, or guest instructors Richard Phillis, Pete Mueller or Kye Kennedy. The course description will state who the instructor is for the given class


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

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