Since 1986 shop owner, Ian Schneller, and his staff of guitar technicians have been repairing instruments and amplifiers – anything with strings or tubes! This includes guitars, basses, mandolins, violins, banjos, cellos, upright basses, and more.
Specimen is known for our quick turnaround – 1 week or less for setups and basic repairs – and we can do RUSH service (24-hour turnaround) when timing is critical. Our prices are fair, our work ethic strong, and our love for instruments and music infuses everything we do. We give free estimates. You can call us or complete the “Get A Quote” form on this page and we would be happy to provide an estimate as soon as possible.
Musicians from Chicagoland and around the world bring their gear to Specimen where our 20+ years of experience set us apart from other local shops.
Our full-service guitar and amp repair shop is stocked with replacement parts, many brand name pickups, and an enormous supply of esoteric used and vintage parts. In the shop, you can also see Ian and his staff working on our own custom guitars, tube amps and horn speakers. We usually have several Specimens on hand for customers to check out.
- Fret Work
- Fret Dressing
- Electronics Rewiring
- Electronics Installation
- Pickup Installation
- Transducer Pickup Installation
- Headstock Break Repairs
- Crack Repairs
- Neck Resets
- Nut and Saddle Replacement
- Structural Repair
- and more!
Visit our Repair Journal to see images and learn more about some of the interesting repair work that has come through the shop.