Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades

Students will learn techniques required to fix an instrument’s electronic problems on the spot, how to select components, install electronic upgrades, and how to design and build their own guitar circuits to achieve the best possible sound and reliability. Students will also learn how to read schematics and layout diagrams. A must for any guitar tech or roadie!


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

Topics covered include:

  • Circuit design
  • Shielding
  • Electronic trouble-shooting
  • Coil taps
  • Phase switching
  • Pickup design characteristics
  • Lead dress
  • Soldering skills
  • Electronic test equipment
  • Acoustic guitar preamps
  • Active electronics
  • Arch-top guitar wiring harness removal and installation
  • Body routing to fit pickups

Materials and Supplies

The course instructor will be available to consult with and guide students in the selection of replacement components. All the tools required will be available for the student’s class use.


Weeknights: 7 – 9:30pm, over 3 nights


Weeknights: $385

Tuition includes lectures and demonstrations, personal instruction, handout materials, 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

How to Register:

Registrations are limited to 8 students. You can register for any of our classes online, by phone or in person.

Register Online

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

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Choose Date
Expired May 22, 23 & 24
Mon - Wed 7pm - 9:30pm
$385.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
October 17, 18, 19
Mon - Wed 7pm - 9:30pm
$385.00 (USD)
-$50.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount


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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