Stringed Instruments, Horn Speakers, and Tube Amplifiers by Ian Schneller

Welcome to the Chicago School of Guitar Making

Classes and Open Shops are back up and running adherent to local policies and guidelines. We wear masks, the space is very open with lots of fresh outside air and cross ventilation, we exercise safe hygiene. The workshop has been rearranged with workbenches ten feet apart and classes size is limited. Come learn and create at CSGM!

From the Blog

March 2020

I am making a replica of the Emerald Deluxe guitar I made for Alex Kapranos

  A custom vacuum chamber will degas the epoxy as it cures. Emerald beetle wings are collected from the forest floor in Thailand After the insects mate and die. I lay them up like roofing tile and embed them in epoxy  

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In the News

March 2018

Enjoy Illinois

According to Ian, in today’s society, not many children learn how to make and design products from scratch. Specimen Products aims to fill that gap. In some ways, Ian says, the Chicago School of Guitar Making is like “Montessori for adults.” It’s about working with your hands, about the tactile experience of creating something, about […]

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