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. 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.


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.


Weeknight: 3 consecutive evenings 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Weekend: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm


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

$485 – Weeknights, 7.5 hours.

$585 – Weekends 14 hours.  A catered lunch and beverages are served.


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.


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. Proceed to pay by clicking the Paypal button NOTE: It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use this service. Choose a payment method.  Your payment receipt will appear.

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.

In Person

Come by the shop 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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Guitar Repair

Choose Date
June 26, 27, 28
Mon, Tue, Wed 7pm-9:30pm
$485.00 (USD)
Aug 15, 16, 17
Tue, Wed, Th 7pm-9:30pm
$435.00 (USD)
Oct 31, Nov 1, 2
Tue, Wed, Th 7pm - 9:30pm
$435.00 (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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