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Guitar Repairs & Restoration

The Guitar Repairs and Restoration workshop presents the essential procedures for a variety of repairs addressing damage, ageing and wear on guitars or any stringed instrument – acoustic or electric – in a hands on workshop. Students will repair their own instrument with guidance from an experienced luthier. This seminar is ideal for the guitar builder, guitar technician, roadie, touring musician, antique collector or for anyone interested in working on instruments.

Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830

Combine this course with Guitar Electronics Upgrades and Modifications Workshop for a discount.


The instructor will share proprietary techniques, reference traditional repair methods and demonstrate the proper use of a variety of hand tools and power tools used in various procedures – all with a strong emphasis on quality and craftsmanship.

Students are encouraged to bring instruments to repair.*

Each class is divided into part lecture and demonstration and part hands-on work and training.

The hands on work gives students an opportunity to learn through application and acquire skill as they work on their own instrument. Students will execute specific procedures on their own instruments with the guidance of an experienced luthier.

Lecture and demonstrations will illustrate procedures for the solutions to the repair problems at hand. Students will learn about various procedures and shop tools, materials and glues, and how to use them properly.

Topics include:

  • Crack repair
  • Brace repair
  • Minor fret repair
  • Headstock break
  • Set-up principles
  • Finish retouching
  • Bridge replacement
  • Minor saddle alteration
  • Electronics troubleshooting
  • Tools and the emergency stage kit
  • Setting up a home luthiery workshop

*If the student is unable to bring their own instrument to repair please contact us in advance to arrange for the school to provide one for use during this course. 


Weeknights, 7.5 hours.  Three consecutive evenings, T,W,Th,   7 pm – 9:30 pm.

Weekends, 14 hours.  Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm.

Materials and Supplies

All shop supplies required for the projects in this workshop are provided and included in the fee.  Materials, components or hardware the student may choose to use for their repair project are not included in the fee. The instructor will be available to advise on items to purchase either through the school or on one’s own.


Fee includes lectures, demonstrations, Q & A, workshop handbooks, instruction and hands on time in the workshop with use of a dedicated luthiery workbench with specialized tools, 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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Click ENROLL NOW. Enter the required information. Pay by clicking the Paypal button. (NOTE: It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use their service.)

Choose your payment method. Complete the payment transaction. Your receipt and a confirmation will be emailed to you.


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


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