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Setup & Maintenance for Guitar & Bass – Fast Track Seminars

The Fast Track Set-up Seminar is an intensive version of our standard Setup & Maintenance Course and is for those who wish to a gain a quick yet thorough overview of how to properly set-up and adjust any stringed instrument for optimum tone and playability. This is an indispensable course offering lectures and demonstrations with Q&A. Students will receive their own Guitar and Bass Set-up handbook with course and reference materials and a wealth of information. Enrollment is limited.


The course covers all the basics of guitar setup and explains the fundamental mechanical operation of all stringed instruments, including all types of guitars and bass guitars (acoustic and electric) and will address different playing styles and the pros and cons of various products and hardware.  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 and more. Students who complete this seminar may wish to schedule additional hands-on workshop time in our OPEN WORKSHOPS.

Setup & Electronics with Ian Schneller


One Day: Saturday,  10am – 5pm.  Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Two Evenings: Tues & Wednesday, 7pm – 9:30pm


$385.   One weekend day, 7  hours instruction.  Tuition includes lectures and demonstrations with Q & A. Hands-on workshop, with 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 will be served and are included.

$185.   Two weekday evenings, 5 hours instruction.  Tuition includes lectures, demonstrations with Q & A. Student receive their own Set-up handbook with course and reference materials.


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

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

How to Register:

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 to complete your transaction. (It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use this service.) Choose your method of payment.

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.

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12 – 7, Saturday: 12 – 5

Map our location


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