Guitar Repair & Restoration + Electronics Upgrades


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Guitar Repair & Restoration and Guitar Electronics Repair and Upgrades are bundled to offer a thorough understanding of instrument repair for acoustic and electric stringed instruments.

Students are encouraged to bring one or more instruments to work on in the hands-on portion of this class.

The student will learn to achieve the best possible sound and reliability for an instrument and acquire valuable skills in the workshop.

Each class is divided into part lecture and demonstration and part hands-on work and training. Hands on work gives students an opportunity to learn through application and develop skill as they work on their own instrument.

Here is an indispensable knowledge base for the instrument repair technician, guitar builder or for anyone interested in instrument restoration or repair.

  • Fee

    2 Weeks: Tues, Weds, Thurs, 7pm–9:30pm
    15 hours

    Fee includes instruction, reference material, and a hands on workshop with use of a luthier workbench, specialized tools and shop supplies.

  • Materials and Supplies

    Shop supplies required to complete projects in this workshop are provided and are included in the fee.

    Any materials, components or hardware the student chooses to use for their repair project are not included in the fee.

    The instructor will be available to advise on items to purchase either through the school or on one's own.

  • 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.

Guitar Repair and Restoration

This course presents essential procedures for a variety of repairs addressing damage, aging, and wear on any stringed instrument – acoustic and electric – in a hands on workshop.

The skills and knowledge base shared in this course are a must for the guitar builder, instrument repair technician, or anyone interested in instrument restoration.

Topics include:

  • Crack repair
  • Brace repair
  • Neck Resets
  • Minor fret repair
  • Headstock break
  • Set-up principles
  • Finish retouching
  • Bridge replacement
  • Minor saddle alteration
  • Electronics troubleshooting
  • Tools and the emergency stage kit
  • Setting up a home luthiery workshop

Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades

This course teaches troubleshooting, component installation and repair techniques for both electric and acoustic guitars and string instruments.

Topics include:

  • Instrument electronics circuitry
  • Pickups and components
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Component selection
  • Options for repairs
  • Modifications
  • Upgrades
  • Schematics
  • Shop safety
  • Wiring diagrams
  • Installation techniques
  • Tools and the emergency stage kit
  • Setting up a home electronics workshop