Guitar Design & Blueprint


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In this Guitar Design & Blueprint course you will produce a full size plan of your 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

    Weeknight: Tue, Wed, Thu, 7–9:30pm
    7.5 hours

    Weekend: Sat & Sun, 11am–5pm
    12 hours

    Summer Session: 2 Days, 11am–5pm or
    12 hours

    A special discount may apply.

  • Materials and Supplies

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

  • 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 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