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Guitar Repair & Restoration Course


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This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program


The Guitar Repair and Restoration course teaches the essential procedures for a variety of repairs, addressing damage, aging, and wear on any stringed instrument. In addition to observing a variety of repairs, students will learn about various tools, materials and glues, and how to use them properly.

Students will work on their own instruments with the  guidance of the instructor. In fact, realizing repairs on student instruments often more than offsets the cost of tuition!

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

This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

  • Class

    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.

  • Fee

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

  • Materials

    Students are encouraged to bring 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.

  • Schedules

    Courses are offered with a varying number of completion hours.

    Longer courses offer more hands-on time in class with guidance from the instructor.

    Shorter courses are perfect for those who prefer to work on their own at home.

  • 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 instructor, Ian Schneller, will share proprietary repair techniques gathered from over 34 years of luthiery experience, reference traditional repair methods and demonstrate the proper use of a variety of hand tools and power tools.

This class includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on work, offering the student a solid foundation upon which to commence their luthiery studies.

Lectures explain the fundamental mechanical operation of the guitar and all other stringed instruments.

Demonstrations teach set-up techniques and fundamental shop skills, and will address different playing styles and the pros and cons of various products and hardware.

The hands-on portion of the workshop offers the student hands-on work at the bench with the opportunity to exercise their knowledge from the lessons learned.

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