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Description

Our Electric Guitar Making Camp offers the student a series of hands-on luthiery curriculums and guided hands-on work to get their own original custom electric guitar or bass, or any string instrument making project quickly underway.

No drawing, design or previous workshop experience is necessary.

Students will design, blueprint, and start making their own custom electric string instrument with instruction from an experienced luthier in a professional guitar workshop.

This is not a kit course. This course teaches how to design and make an electric guitar from raw materials and stock or custom hardware.

With the option to take 30, 60 or 90 hours of instruction the student can choose to continue work on their guitar on their own at home or with further instruction at the school.

Seize this rare opportunity to make a successful first lap into a lifetime of Luthiery!

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Details
  • 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.

  • Schedules

    Summer Camps are offered with a varying number of completion hours.

    Longer Camps offer more hands-on time in class with guidance from the instructor.

    Shorter Camps are perfect for those who prefer to work on their own at home, or on a different schedule at the school in our Open Workshops.

  • Fee

    Fee includes instruction, course handbooks, shop training, use of a dedicated luthiery workbench and all tooling and shop supplies necessary.

  • Materials Purchases

    Materials purchases are the responsibility of the student. Necessary materials costs range from $250. Many of the materials for this course are available through the school.

    Upon registration, a phone conversation with the student will be necessary to determine materials so they can be acquired in time for the course.

  • Project Completion

    Students will require additional time outside of this class to complete their guitar. Students may continue working on this project at home or at the school with guidance from the instructor at the school in our Open Workshops. 

  • 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.

     

One Week Camp

One Week Camp – 30 hours – 5 Days 

Luthiery courses (24 hrs), plus guitar making instruction in  Guitar Making Workshop (6 hrs):

Guitar Set-up & Maintenance

Guitar Electronics

Guitar Design

Guitar Making Workshop – The student’s instrument construction proceeds in this hands-on work session. The sessions provide instruction with an overview of the essential planning and construction processes drawn from the student’s own blueprint and continues with instruction and supervision during the student’s guitar making progress.

Upon completion of this course the student may choose to continue working on their instrument on their own at home or at the school in Open Workshops.

Two and Three Week Camps

Two Week Camp – 60 hours – 10 Days – Monday-Friday 11am-5pm 

Five luthiery courses (54 hrs)  plus  guitar making instruction in Guitar Making Workshop (6 hrs)

 

Three Week Camp – 90 hours – 15 Days  – Monday-Friday 11am-5pm 

Five luthiery courses (54 hrs)  plus  guitar making instruction in Guitar Making Workshop (36 hrs)

Luthiery Courses

Luthiery Courses

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Guitar Set-up & Maintenance

Guitar Electronics

Guitar Design

Fretting

Bone Nut Making

Guitar Making Workshop – The student’s instrument construction proceeds in this hands-on work session. These sessions provide instruction with an overview of the essential planning and construction processes drawn from the student’s own blueprint and continues with instruction and supervision during the student’s guitar making progress.

Upon completion of this course the student may choose to continue working on their instrument on their own at home or at the school in our in our Open Workshops

Please Note:

Continued work will be required to complete the instrument outside of this course. Students will work at their own pace. Most students will complete their first instrument within 100-125 hours, depending upon their pace and the complexity of their instrument’s design and finish. While completing a guitar in under 100 hours is possible, it is unlikely for a beginner.  Those who come to class with already well developed shop skills may find their work goes very quickly. Upon completion of this course the student may choose to finish their guitar at home or continue working with instructor supervision at the school in our Open Workshops