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Set-up and Maintenance for Guitar & Bass

Learning the elusive craft of setting up a stringed instrument for optimal tone and playability 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). 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.  Registration is limited. Questions? Please call us 773-489-4830

Ian Schneller teaching the Set-up & Maintenance Workshop.

Description

The class offers lecture and demonstrations, and varying amount of hands-on bench time (see below). This course will address different different playing styles and the pros and cons of various products and hardware. Students who complete this class may wish to schedule additional hands-on workshop time in our OPEN WORKSHOPS.

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
  • Nut and saddle making
  • Fret wire
  • Tuning systems
  • Various vibrato systems
  • Bridges
  • Finish care
  • Tooling

Schedule

Weeknights: 7 pm – 9:30pm, Tu, Wed, Th

Weekend: 10 am – 5 pm, Sat, Sun

Fast Track Weekend: 10 am – 5pm, Sat

Fast Track Two Weeknights : 7pm – 9:30 pm, Tue, Wed

Fee

$485 Weekend  – 14 hours.

Tuition includes lectures and demonstrations with Q & A, hands-on workshops, with the use of an individual guitar workbench, specialized tools and the necessary shop supplies for this course. Student receive their own Set-up handbook with course and reference materials.  Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument. Catered lunches and beverages are served and are included.

$385 One Day/Fast Track Seminar  –  7 hours.

Tuition includes lectures and demonstrations with Q & A, a hands-on workshop, with the use of an individual guitar workbench, specialized tools and the necessary shop supplies for this course. Student receive their own Set-up handbook with course and reference materials. Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument. A catered lunch and beverages are served and are included.

$275  Weeknights – 7 hours. Three evenings.

Tuition includes lectures and demonstrations with Q & A, and  a hands-on workshop, with the use of an individual guitar workbench, specialized tools and the necessary shop supplies for this course. Student receive their own Set-up handbook with course and reference materials.  Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

$185.  Weeknights – 5 hours. Two evenings.

Tuition includes lectures and demonstrations with Q & A. Student receive their own Set-up handbook with course and reference materials. Students who complete this seminar may be interested in scheduling hands-on workshop time in our OPEN WORKSHOPS.

Which class is right for you?

Workshops that include hands-on bench time and are perfect for those who enjoy learning by doing.

Fast track seminars are primarily lecture and demonstration with Q & A and is good for those who prefer a thorough overview and taking notes.

Student testimonials:

“Very informative and easy to understand. You guys rule, probably will see more Chicago Music Exchange employees coming through! Party on!” – Raymond

“Learned a lot in two days. Both instructors were very helpful and knowledgeable. Shared a lot. Exciting, professional. Would advise to take this course and many more” – Joel

“I genuinely understand the process now and feel confident practicing on my other guitars” –Colleen

“Very explanatory and helpful. Covered it all” – Halley

Instructors

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

REGISTRATION

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.

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.

ONLINE

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.

IN PERSON

Come by the shop during business hours to enroll using cash, credit card, or a personal check.

AREA ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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

SPECIMEN PRODUCTS, Inc.

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

Choose Date
Expired September 9 & 10
Sat & Sun 10 am-5pm
$485.00 (USD)
Expired Oct 3, 4, 5
Tu Wed Th 7pm-9:30pm
$275.00 (USD)
Expired Nov 7, 8, 9
Tue, Wed, Thu 7pm - 9:30pm
$275.00 (USD)
February 20, 21, 22
$275.00 (USD)

LOCATION

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

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