Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades


Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist

Sale on 2019 Summer Workshops – through Dec 31, 2018.   Give our Gift Card!


The Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades workshop teaches instrument electronics troubleshooting, repair and component installation for both electric and acoustic instruments.

Students will learn to achieve the best possible sound and reliability for their instrument and approach any instrument’s electronics problems with confidence.

This course offers an indispensable knowledge base for the instrument repair technician or guitar builder.

Students may wish to combine this workshop with our Guitar Repair & Restoration Course.

  • Fee

    3 Weeknights: Tue, Wed, Thu
    7 hours

    Fee includes instruction, reference handbook and hands on workshop time 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.

The workshop is divided into lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on training.

Students are encouraged to bring instruments to repair and any hardware they intend to install*

Lectures include an introduction to electronic circuits and various components, diagnostics, modifications and upgrades.

Demonstrations include proper tool use, various wiring techniques, workbench set-up and shop safety.

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

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 kit
  • Setting up a home electronics workshop