Guitar Making Course


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During the course of these workshops, students will work on making their own electric guitar completely from scratch using raw materials, and the time tested methods of luthier Ian Schneller. Students may also use this time to continue work on their Acoustic Guitar making.

Students will learn how to shape their guitar’s neck and body, install the truss rod, install all hardware and much more. At the end of this multi-step process students will have a wonderful creation that fulfills their own unique vision.

See the CALENDAR for the schedule.

This class is also part of our Electric Guitar Making Summer Camp, and our other Electric Guitar Making Fast-track Course bundles. Take this course as a part of a one, two, or three week custom guitar making course this summer!

In these workshops students will either continue working on their acoustic guitar or make an electric guitar based on the blueprint they created in our Design + Blueprint Workshop. Electric guitar making students must complete theie blueprint before starting this course.


  • Schedule and Registration

    Guitar Making Workshops are scheduled several time each month.

    Students who have completed either our Guitar Design course or Acoustic Guitar Making course may purchase as much time as they like by registering online or in person.

    Session must be reserved in advance with the instructor, by phone, email or in person only.

  • Materials

    Materials choices and purchases are the responsibility of the student. Many of the materials for this instrument making project are available through the school. Much of the hardware such as bridge, tuners, and pickups should be selected in the design class and ordered in advance either through the school or on the students own.

  • Fee

    Fee includes the use of a dedicated luthiery workbench and tooling needed to complete your luthiery project. The standard hourly rate is $60. Bundled hours are available at discounts of 15 -25% for the purchase of 5 hours or more.

  • 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.


Electric Guitar Making June 2019

The main objective of the Guitar Making Workshop is to provide a set of sequential tutorials that will guide the student through the guitar building process.

Whether the student chooses to make a reproduction of a traditional/classic design or chart new territory into an unknown realm, the emphasis will be on making a supremely-functional and long-lasting instrument of beauty. This workshop welcomes both the traditionalist and the experimentalist.

While prior knowledge of woodworking and shop tools is helpful, the instructor will be on-hand at all times for assistance or to carry-out machining procedures for those students with less experience.

During the workshops students will observe a number of demonstrations on various aspects of the making process. The timing of these demonstrations will be dependent upon the needs of the students so that workshops can be personalized to match where each student is within the process.


Following is a list of some of the procedures that will be demonstrated:

  • Transferring patterns
  • Making templates
  • Preparing body blanks
  • Preparing neck blanks
  • Carving
  • Sculpting wood using rasps and hand planes
  • Neck shaping
  • Binding
  • Truss rod installation
  • Fretboard preparation
  • Routing for neck and hardware
  • Pickguard making
  • Proper gluing techniques
  • Correctly locating bridge and other hardware
  • Finishing