Acoustic Guitar Making 12 Day Summer Camp


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Students will work toward making their very own 000 style acoustic guitar.

This course comprehensive luthiery course is structured to guide the student through every phase of the acoustic guitar making process. With 80+ hours of instruction, hands-on training and work, students will learn shop skills and specialized luthiery techniques that are essential to producing a fine stringed instrument.

This course offers all of the luthiery workshops necessary to completing any string instrument, including: Acoustic Guitar Making WorkshopFretting Workshop, Bone Nut and Saddle Making Workshop and Guitar Set-up and Maintenance Seminar where the student can achieve complete precision in these essential luthiery processes. This course also includes 14 hours of training and hands on work in Guitar Making Workshops.

This course offers a perfect start to learning guitar making and fundamental luthiery techniques with the guidance of Luthier and CSGM school founder Ian Schneller.

The length of this workshop allows most students to finish making their guitar. Students work at their own pace and may require more time to complete their acoustic guitar.


  • Fee

    $3800. plus kit cost
    84 hours - 2 Weeks
    Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm

    Tuition includes lectures, demonstrations and personal guidance, the use of an individual guitar workbench with specialized tools and all of the shop supplies and tooling necessary to complete this project.

  • Materials

    Kit Choices:

    - Rosewood, back and sides, Sitka spruce top, dovetail neck joint

    - Mahogany, back and sides, Sitka spruce top, dovetail neck joint

  • Instructors

    Ian Schneller read bio

  • Location

    1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois 60651   Map

  • Registration

    Register online, in person, or by phone: 773.489.483 . Cash, credit card or a personal check are accepted. Registrations are final and non-refundable. Payment credit is transferable.


Students will be introduced to the unique process of luthiery while effectively establishing a skillful approach to woodworking.

Lectures, demonstrations and guided instruction in this hands on workshop will offer the student an understanding of fundamental and specialized woodworking techniques, while making a high quality musical instrument that will likely become a cherished heirloom.

No drawing skills or shop experience required.

This workshop is structured to inform the student about every essential phase of making their acoustic guitar. However, students will work at their own pace.

Students will make a Rosewood or Mahogany, Martin 000 style acoustic guitar from an excellent kit.

Working with a group of partially serviced components, this course is designed both for students with little to no experience and also those with intermediate experience. This class is formatted with lectures and hands on work. In depth demonstrations of each step will precede students working on their instruments.

Students will begin the procedure with a sequence of specific steps, alternating between the guitar neck and body work. Once these take shape, the workshop structure accommodates students to work at different paces.

Workshop Materials and Supplies
Everything needed for making the guitars will be included in the kit and the necessary supplies and tooling is provided by the school. 

All kits contain AAA-grade tone-woods. Roughly carved mahogany neck. Pre-bent bent sides. Book matched and joined back. Book matched and joined spruce top with pre cut sound hole and rosette channel pre cut. Kits include a full-size blueprint modeled after a vintage Martin.

Each student will be given occupancy of a fully equipped luthier’s guitar workbench, and storage for their materials for the duration of the course. 

We will go over the tools necessary to create a home shop throughout the course for those interested in taking the artform to a private space. 

Instrument finishing techniques will be discussed in this course.

Students will have the option to have their guitar finished for them by a Specimen/CSGM professional, apply a finish on their own outside the school, or receive instruction in guitar finishing from CSGM faculty in a Guitar Building Session at the school.