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Acoustic Tenor Ukulele Building

Build an ultra-portable and tonally superior acoustic ukulele. This hands-on course offers the student the opportunity to begin the journey of building their very own a tenor ukulele from an excellent kit. The volume and tone possible with the ukuleles made from this kit is extraordinary. This seminar covers all the basics of guitar making, just on a smaller scale instrument. The workshop includes lectures, demonstrations and personal assistance from the instructor.  Registration is limited.  Questions? Please call us 773-489-4830

Learn advanced  and specialized woodworking techniques – as well as shop safety – while building a beautiful instrument during an uninterrupted schedule. After completing this workshop, students should be knowledgeable enough to continue studies in the art of guitar making on their own using all the experience they gained from this workshop.

Students will be introduced to the unique process of luthiery while effectively establishing a skillful approach to woodworking. This class is formatted with lectures, detailed demonstrations and hands on work. In depth demonstration of each step will precede students working on their instruments.  Working from a kit of roughly formed components his course is designed both for students with little to no experience and also those with intermediate experience.

The building procedure starts with a sequence of specific steps, alternating between neck and body work. Once these begin to take shape, students tend to work at different paces, but we all start at the beginning and move forward together. This class will get most students off to a good start on their build and some through a good portion of the build by the end of the the weekend.

While not mandatory, we also recommend that students take our Fretting workshop and our Bone Nut and Saddle Workshop to obtain complete precision in these steps of the building process.

Please note that there is no way to complete the build in one weekend. In order to finish making the ukulele, more time will need to be spent either during Open Workshops at the school, or on their own.

Materials and Finish

Each student is provided with the ukulele kit of choice which is delivered to the school. These kits use top quality woods and produce instruments which can rival even the greatest luthier builds.

We will not cover finishing techniques in the course. Students may elect to apply a finish outside of class, at Open Workshops  at the school or to have their ukulele finished for them by a Specimen/CSGM professional.


One weekend: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5pm.


Tuition $695*, plus the kit cost, which includes tax and shipping.  Includes instruction, hands-on workshop with dedicated guitar bench, use of specialized tools and the shop supplies necessary for the completion of this project.  A catered lunch and refreshments each day of class is included.

*An early registration discount or other special SALE offer may apply.


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


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.



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.


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


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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