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.  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.  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.

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: 71/2 hour workshop   7 pm – 9:30 pm on three consecutive evenings. .
Weekends: 12 hour workshop  11 am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday.  A catered lunch and refreshments each day.


Tuition includes lecture/demonstrations, personal instruction, handout materials and use of specialized tools, guitar workbench and shop supplies. Weekend workshops include a catered lunch and beverages each day.

Fretting 5Instructors

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.


Selection your class dates in Available Dates on the upper right of this page.  Click ENROLL NOW.  Enter your contact information, then proceed to pay by clicking the Paypal button. (It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account).  Choose your payment method and complete the transaction.  Your confirmation receipt will appear.

By Phone  773 489 – 4830

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 December 13, 14, 15 & 16
Tue - Fri 7pm - 9:30pm
$425.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired April 3, 4, 5 & 6
Mon - Thu 7pm - 9:30pm
$425.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired July 19, 20 & 21
Wed - Fri 7 - 9:30pm
$435.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
September 12, 13, 14
Tue, Wed, Thurs 7pm - 9:30 pm
$485.00 (USD)
October 21 & 22
Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm
$585.00 (USD)
Nov 28, 29, 30
Tue, W, Th 7 pm - 9:30 pm
$485.00 (USD)


Classes are taught by Specimen owner Ian Schneller, or guest instructor 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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