Setup & Maintenance for Guitar and Bass – One Day

Learning the elusive craft of setting up a stringed instrument for optimal playability and tonality will reward every musician with a greater understanding and appreciation of their instrument. This course explains the fundamental mechanical operation of the guitar and all other stringed instruments, including all types of guitars and bass guitars (acoustic and electric). This is an excellent introductory course that offers a wealth of information, you will be prepared to handle many unpredictable circumstances that for most musicians would be show-stoppers. Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument. Whether or not you decide to perform your own maintenance in the future, taking this course will enable you to deal confidently with the local luthier and to have the best interests of your instrument in mind.

Setup & Electronics with Ian Schneller


The class offers lecture/demonstrations, and a hands-on workshop. This course will address different instruments, playing styles and the pros and cons of various products and hardware. NOTE: This is a more pared down version of our standard Setup & Maintenance Class. This class will cover all the basics of guitar setup.

Topics include:

  • String height
  • Intonation/saddle compensation
  • Neck relief
  • Neck pitch
  • Truss rod adjustment
  • String break angles
  • Selecting string gauges and types
  • Height of strings at nut
  • Fret wire
  • Bridges


Saturday:  10am – 5pm

(Lunch and refreshment served)



Tuition includes instruction, course materials, use of an individual guitar workbench with specialized tools and the necessary shop supplies for this course.

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Ian Schneller Ian is the founder and chief instructor of the Chicago School of Guitar Making. Ian teaches Design & Theory + Blueprint CourseElectric Guitar BuildingTube Amp Building and Champ Tube Amp Building. He is also a faculty member of the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute and owner of Specimen Products.

How to Register:

Registrations are limited to 10 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 31, June 1 & 2
Tue, Wed, Thu 7pm - 9:30pm
$250.00 (USD)
-$110.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired July 26, 27 & 28
Tue, Wed, Thu 7pm - 9:30pm
$250.00 (USD)
-$110.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired September 10
1-Day Saturday 10am - 5pm
$250.00 (USD)
-$25.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired Saturday October 22 10am - 5pm
One Day Course 10am - 5pm
$250.00 (USD)
Expired Saturday December 3 10am - 5pm
One Day Course 10am - 5pm
$250.00 (USD)
Expired Saturday January 28 10am - 5pm
$250.00 (USD)
-$25.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
May 6
10am - 5pm
$250.00 (USD)
-$25.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount


Classes are taught by Specimen owner Ian Schneller, or guest instructors Richard Phillis, Pete Mueller or 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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