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Guitar Design & Blueprint


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In the Guitar Design & Blueprint course the student will produce a full size plan of their own original stringed instrument design.

No drawing skills required.

In-depth lectures will educate the student to expertly manipulate every variable of stringed instrument design. The student’s personal aspirations for their ideal stringed instrument will be manifested into this drawing. A treasure map, if you will.

This course welcomes both traditionalist and experimentalist. Whether you choose to chart new territory, or design a reproduction of a traditional guitar, bass or any string instrument – the emphasis is on designing a supremely-functional and long-lasting instrument of beauty.

Completing this workshop will prepare students for the exciting prospect of starting the actual construction of their design.


  • Fee

    Fee includes instruction, use of an individual work station and all materials.

  • Materials and Supplies

    Drafting paper, template material, a workstation, and all of the necessary drafting tools will be provided.

  • 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 create their own full-scale blueprint of a guitar, bass, or other stringed instrument. This drawing will contain all the relevant design parameters needed to craft the instrument in it’s entirety.

Students will enjoy working at drafting workbenches specially-designed for this course. Useful reference materials will be provided.

The next step is to take our Guitar Making Workshop.

Lecture topics include:

  • Design tradition and historic examples
  • Originality
  • Aesthetics
  • Proportion and balance
  • Ergonomics
  • Neck pitch, attachment and geometry
  • Headstock and body design
  • Truss rod systems and installation
  • Selecting appropriate materials and hardware
  • Electronic circuits and control layouts
Ian Schneller with Guitar Design Student