I have been creating custom instruments, amplifiers, and horn speakers (among other things) in my Chicago shop since 1986. Each creation is a Specimen, made by hand. In 2005 I founded the Chicago School of Guitar Making to keep the art of luthiery and tube electronics alive and thriving.
—Ian Schneller

From the Blog

August 2018

Gluing a buckeye burl cap on a guitar body

  Gluing the Buckeye Burl top to the body of this new guitar build. Music: Burly Buckeye Stomp by Ian Schneller played on a SPECIMEN Triple 000. Stay tuned friends!  

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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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