Bone Nut & Saddle Making


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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 in the workshop.

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.

  • Fee

    $395 Weeknights: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
    10 hours

    $395 Weekend: Sat & Sun
    10 hours

    $395 Summer Session: Weekdays Tue & Wed,
    10 hours

    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

  • Refund Policy

    Registrations are non refundable. A tuition fee may only be applied to other CSGM classes with written notice of cancellation prior to class.

  • Location

    All workshops are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. view map

  • Registration

    Register online or call 773.489.4830 to enroll with a credit card.  You are also welcome to come by the shop and enroll using cash, credit card or a personal check.  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.

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