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. The space is very open with lots of fresh outside air and cross ventilation. We exercise safe hygiene and dust control. The workshop has been rearranged with workbenches ten feet apart. Come learn and create at CSGM!

From the Blog

June 2021


This guitar has a pick guard made of fish that I purchased on my first trip to Chicago in 1981. It was a field trip from the Memphis Academy of Art when I was a freshman. I found them in a cellophane package for around 79 cents. I then took them back to Memphis and […]

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In the News

December 2020

The New Yorker

Andrew Bird’s Cozy Melancholy The singer-songwriter-whistler-violinist adapts his “Gezelligheid” holiday concerts for the pandemic age. By Sarah Larson December 7, 2020 For the past several holiday seasons, Andrew Bird, the warmly tuneful singer-songwriter-whistler-violinist, has performed a concert series called “Gezelligheid”—meaning “coziness,” or kind of a Dutch hygge—often at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. The holiday […]

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