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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 are encouraged to bring as many stringed instruments as they can to repair or upgrade themselves in this course.*

Take this course and our Guitar Repair & Restoration Course for a more complete overview of both electric and acoustic stringed instrument repairs.

This course is also a part of our Guitar Technician Program and our  Electric Guitar Making Camps.

* 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. 

  • Fee

    Course fee includes instruction, reference guide, use of a workbench and all shop supplies necessary.

  • Terms

    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.

  • 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.

  • Materials

    Students are encouraged to bring one or more instruments to work on in this course.

    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.

  • 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.


Course Description

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

Students are encouraged to bring as many instruments as they like 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. 

  • 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

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