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Bone Nut Making Course


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This course is also part of our Fretting + Bone Nut Making Combined Course


A bone nut will upgrade the tone and clarity of your guitar, bass or any stringed instrument  – acoustic or electric. Even the most casually made instrument can benefit immensely from a hand cut nut. The results are truly stunning!

Students will learn to carve a bone nut for their instrument, with the guidance of an experienced luthier in the workshop.

Make no mistake – hand carving a nut from a piece of bone is a highly valuable skill for any guitar technician, and a necessity for the guitar builder.

Cutting a piece of bone by hand into a beautiful finished nut is a vanishing art.

In this workshop you will learn that skill and keep the art of luthiery alive for future generations. 

Check out our Fretting + Bone Nut Making Combined course, and our Bone Nut and Saddle Making Course!

This course is also part of our Electric Guitar Making Camp, and the Guitar Technician Program.


  • Fee

    Fee includes includes instruction, reference guide, use of a workbench and all shop supplies.

    Please note that all registrations are final and non-refundable.

    In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition.

    Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.

  • Materials

    Students are encouraged to bring an instrument to work on in this course.

  • Classroom

    Class size is limited to 8 students.

    Course is taught in a professional guitar service shop equipped with 8 individual workbenches stocked with specialized tools necessary for the course work.

  • Workshop Safety

    While we make every effort to keep the CSGM workshop clean it can be dusty and at times noisy. We recommend hearing, respiratory, and eye protection be used when working in the shop. We have this safety equipment available for use or purchase when in class and it is the students responsibility to exercise diligent use of these safety measures.

  • 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 have the opportunity to learn how to expertly cut a bone nut in the workshop.

Topics include:

  • The correct use of specialty files.
  • How to properly fit any style of nut.
  • Methods for polishing bone to a marble-like finish.
  • The correct method for laying out string spacing for any neck.
  • Material selection – distinguishing between real bone and imitation.
  • Era-correct shaping styles for matching the aesthetic of vintage replacements.
  • Tooling for the home workshop.

Excellent specialized tools are provided for your use during the class.

These tools include:

  • High Quality Japanese Nut Slotting Files
  • Nut Shaping File
  • Nut and Saddle Vise
  • Specialty String Spacing Ruler
  • .010 Gauged Saw
  • An Assortment of Polishing Compounds and Abrasives