Bone Nut & Saddle Making Course


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This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.


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

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

Make no mistake – hand carving a nut and saddle from a pieces of bone is a highly valuable skill for any guitar technician, and a necessity for the guitar builder. Cutting pieces of bone by hand into beautiful finished parts is a vanishing art.In this workshop you will learn that skill and keep the art of luthiery alive for future generations.

This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

  • Fee

    Tuition includes all materials and shop supplies, instruction, reference guide and use of a dedicated luthier workbench with specialized tools.

  • Materials and Supplies

    All materials and shop supplies required to complete this project are provided and included in the fee.

  • 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 and a bone saddle.

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.

The tools include:

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