For the past 30 years, Specimen has been Chicago’s best resource for musicians. The focal point of the shop is the custom-built workbench where we repair stringed instruments, tube amplifiers and related equipment. Our expert service includes setups, re-frets, nut jobs, pickup installation, electronics repair, major restoration and more.

Specimen specializes in tube amplifier repair including overhauls, tube installation and biasing. With our vast supply of new and vintage parts, we can meet the most esoteric of requests. We also have a Guitar Shop Repair Journal that includes photos of some of the challenging and/or interesting repairs that we’ve done. Click here for more information about our instrument repair facility.

Surrounding the workbench is a full-service wood and metal shop where we build our custom guitars, horn speakers and tube amplifiers. At any given time you can witness several custom projects in the making. Also on hand are many completed Specimens available for perusal and purchase.

Specimen Guitar Shop, located in Chicago since 1984, is on the city’s near west side at 1240 N. Homan Ave. This 4000 sq. ft. facility is home to our repair business, our custom shop and the Chicago School of Guitar Making.

We welcome you to visit our shop anytime during business hours!

We’re open 12 – 7 pm on Monday through Friday and 12 – 5 pm on Saturdays, closed Sundays.