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Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades

Students will learn techniques required to fix an instrument’s electronic problems, how to select components, upgrade electronics, 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. Each class is divided into  lecture demonstrations and  hands-on training. Tuition includes lecture/demonstrations, class Q & A, student handbook with reference materials, the use of specialized tools, guitar workbench and shop supplies. A must for any builder, guitar tech or roadie! Combine this course with our Guitar Repair Workshop and get a significant discount on tuition.  Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830


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.


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.



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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

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


All classes are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for a map

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