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Set-up for Guitar & Bass – Fast Track

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 One Day Seminar an indispensable course, offering lectures, demonstrations and Q&A. Students will receive their own Guitar and Bass Set-up handbook with course and reference materials and a wealth of information.  Registrations are limited. Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830

Setup & Electronics with Ian Schneller


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.


One weekend day.  Saturday,  10am – 5pm.  Lunch and refreshments will be served.


$385.  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. 7  hours instruction.


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


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.



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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

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Expired July 22
Saturday 10am - 5pm
$385.00 (USD)
-$25.00 (USD) Early Registration Discount
Expired SALE 50% OFF Tuition Expires 9/4 Midnight
October 28 Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
$192.50 (USD)
Expired October 28
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
$385.00 (USD)
January 13 2018
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
$385.00 (USD)


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

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