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The Guitar Repair and Restoration workshop 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.

Students may wish to combine this course with Guitar Electronics Repair and Upgrades course for a complete understanding of instrument restoration, upgrade and repair.

  • Fee

    3 Weeknights: Tue, Wed, Thu, 7–9:30pm
    7.5 hours

    Fee includes instruction, a reference handbook and hands on time in the workshop with use of a luthier workbench with 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 instructor, Ian Schneller, will share 34 years of proprietary techniques, reference traditional repair methods and demonstrate the proper use of a variety of hand tools and power tools.

Students will learn about various materials and glues, and how to use them properly.

In addition to observing a variety of shop repairs, students are encouraged bring their own instruments to repair with guidance from an experienced luthier. In fact, realizing repairs on student instruments often more than offsets the cost of tuition!

Students may wish to combine this course with Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades

Topics include:

  • Headstock break
  • Crack repair
  • Neck resets
  • Gluing
  • Clamping
  • Brace repair
  • Bridge replacement
  • Saddle alterations
  • Minor fret repair
  • Finish retouching
  • Set-up principles
  • Electronics troubleshooting
  • Drill press
  • Belt sander
  • Tool kit
  • Setting up a home workshop