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Guitar Repair

This workshop presents the essential procedures for a variety of guitar, bass and other string instrument repairs which may include headstock break and crack repair, bridge replacement, brace repair, saddle alteration, body crack repair, finish retouching, fret repair, proper set-up principles and electronics troubleshooting. The instructor will share proprietary techniques and reference traditional repair methods all with a strong emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument. Combine this course with Guitar Electronics Upgrades and Modifications Workshop and get a significant discount on tuition. Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830


Lecture and demonstrations present solutions to the repair problems at hand. Students will learn about various glues, materials, procedures and shop tools and how to use them properly. Instructors will demonstrate the proper use of a drill press, belt sanders, and a variety of hand tools used in various procedures.  Students will execute specific procedures on their own instruments with the assistance of the instructor.


Weeknights 7.5 hours instruction:  Three consecutive evenings, 7 pm – 9:30 pm.

Weekends 14 hours instruction:  Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm.  A catered lunch and refreshments are included.


Tuition includes lecture/demonstrations, handout materials, hands-on workshop time with use of specialized tools, guitar workbench and shop supplies.


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.



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.


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


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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

Guitar Repair