Guitar & Bass 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. Instructors will provide lecture and demonstrations presenting solutions to the repair problems at hand. Students will then execute specific procedures on their own instruments with the assistance of the instructor.
Instructor will share proprietary techniques and reference traditional repair methods all with a strong emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. 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: 7pm – 9:30pm, over 3 weeknights
Tuition includes lecture/demonstrations, handout materials, use of specialized tools, guitar workbench and shop supplies.
Pete Mueller Pete is a guitar builder and repair technician at Specimen. Pete teaches Electric Guitar Building, Lap Steel Guitar Building, Setup & Maintenance for Guitar and Bass, Bone Nut & Saddle Making, Guitar & Bass Repair and Fretting Workshop at the Chicago School of Guitar Making.
Richard Phillis Richard is a guitar builder, repair technician and surface finisher at Specimen. He teaches Effects Pedal Building, Guitar Electronics, Electric Guitar Building, Lap Steel Guitar Building, Guitar & Bass Repair, Setup & Maintenance for Guitar and Bass and Finishing Techniques 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.
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
Click Here for a list of nearby places to stay during seminars, along with transportation information.
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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Mail In Registration
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