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Learn to execute a professional quality re-fret on your own guitar, bass or other fretted instrument in this hands-on workshop.

This skill is a must for the guitar builder or guitar repair technician.

This workshop is ideal for the musician or roadie, or anyone interested in working on stringed instruments.

Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to re-fret.

  • Fee

    $420 Three Weeknights, Tu - Th 7–9:30pm
    7.5 hours

    $420 One Day Course, Weekend or Weekday: 10 am–5pm
    7 hours

    A special sale price may apply.

    Fee includes tuition, reference guide, all necessary materials and shop supplies, and use of a dedicated luthier workbench with specialized tools.

  • Class Size

    Registration is limited to 8 students

  • Materials and Supplies

    All materials, tools and shop supplies required to complete this project are 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.

This hands-on training workshop presents comprehensive lecture/demonstrations of the techniques required to execute a professional quality re-fret on a guitar, bass or other fretted instrument.

This course will address all types of fret jobs, including bound and unbound boards, finished vs unfinished, different wood types, fret sizes, playing styles and the pros and cons of various tools.

Students will be guided through each step of a re-fret and will execute the process themselves on their own instrument with guidance from an experienced luthier.

* If the student is unable to bring their own instrument to re-fret please contact us in advance to arrange for the school to provide one for use during this course.

Topics include:

  • Instrument assessment
  • Nut and fret removal
  • Fretboard and slot preparation
  • Binding considerations
  • Fret selection
  • Fret cleaning
  • Fret rolling
  • Fret measuring and cutting
  • Fret installing and gluing
  • Fretboard clean-up
  • Fret leveling
  • Fret beveling
  • Fret crowning and polishing
  • Nut re-installation (or making a new nut)