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Guitar Electronics + Guitar Repair ~ Combined!

Guitar & Bass Repair and Guitar Electronics and Upgrades are bundled to give a thorough understanding of instrument repair for acoustic and electric instruments.  Registration is limited.  Questions? Please call us 773-489-4830

The Guitar & Bass Repair  Seminar presents 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.

In the Guitar Electronics Repairs & Upgrades Workshop, students various learn techniques required to fix an instrument’s electronic problems including how to select components, install and 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 part lecture and demonstration and part 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.

15 hours. A must for any builder, guitar tech or roadie!

Materials and Supplies

All the tools required will be available for the student’s class use.


Two weeks of mid-weeknights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 pm – 9:30 pm


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.


Select the class dates you wish to attend in Available Dates column. (See the upper right of the this page.)

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.


Click Here for a list of nearby places to stay during seminars, along with transportation information.


The Chicago School of Guitar Making

ADDRESS   1240 N. Homan Ave. Chicago IL 60651

HOURS   Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 pm, and Saturday: 12 – 5

EMAIL  info@specimenproducts.com

PHONE  773-489-4830