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Open Workshop – Email or Call 773-489-4830

Open workshops offer the student the freedom to schedule their preferred hours to work on their personal project at their own pace. This is an hourly, pay as you go, opportunity for students to continue their studies in a variety of disciplines. Guitar building and Amp building students often take advantage of these time slots to progress with their projects. Each session is tailored to the project at hand. Students may choose to work on their own, or with an instructor to guide them.

Workshop Fee is $40/hr and includes:

  • Work Space – An opportunity to work at your own pace, on your project.

Workshop Fee with tutelage is $80/hr and includes:

  • Shop training –  Receive tutorials on various procedures and shop safety.
  • Guidance — Instruction tailored to your project and needs, from an experienced instructor.

Register for Open Workshop by email, by phone 773-489-4839 or in person  and to reserve your preferred block of time.

Electric Guitar Building


Please check our Calendar for the schedule. Time is reserved on a first come, first served basis and must be scheduled by phone, email or in person.


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



PHONE  773-489-4830

ADDRESS   1240 N. Homan Ave. Chicago IL 60651

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

AREA ACCOMMODATIONS  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


PHONE  773-489-4830