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Service and Repairs

Call 773-489-4830 to discuss your repair issue, or “Get A Quote” by email – simply complete the form on this page, to get a FREE estimate. Specimen is a full-service guitar and amp repair shop, stocked with replacement parts, brand name pickups and an enormous supply of esoteric used and vintage parts.

Known for our quick turnaround – a week or less for set-ups and basic repair, we offer 24-hour turnaround Rush Service when timing is critical.

Musicians from Chicago and around the world bring their gear to Specimen Guitar Shop, where Ian Schneller’s 30+ years of experience  has set it apart from other shops. Since 1986, Ian has been designing, building and repairing a wide range of stringed instruments including guitars, basses, mandolins, violins, banjos, cellos, upright basses in addition to  tube amplifiers – from touring workhorses to rare  vintage specimens.  The prices are fair,  work ethic strong, and his love for instruments and music infuses everything he does.

Check out the Repair Journal  of the interesting repairs that have come through the shop.

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


In the shop, you can see Ian working on his line of custom SPECIMEN Guitars and Stringed Instruments, custom commissions and the SPECIMEN Hi-Fi Audio line in addition to guitar and amp repairs and restorations.


Repair and Restoration Services include:


  • Set-up
  • Neck Reset
  • Restringing
  • Fret Dressing
  • Fret Replacement
  • Pickup Installation
  • Electronics Rewiring
  • Electronics Installation
  • Transducer Pickup Installation
  • Refinishing
  • Crack Repair
  • Structural Repair
  • Head-stock Break Repairs
  • Nut and Saddle Replacement


Advanced Guitar Repair Workshop

Specimen Custom Electric Violin

Specimen Electric Mandolin

Specimen Freeman Royale Archtop Electric Guitar


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





Get a Quote

Specimen is a full-service repair shop. We specialize in the repair of all stringed instruments and tube amps.

If you would like a quote for repair work, please complete the form below.

You are also welcome to call us and discuss the repair and any questions you may have at 773.489.4830.


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