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Guitar Technician Program


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Our Guitar Tech Program offers a special series of classes teaching fundamental luthiery principles, repair techniques, shop skills, and the knowledge base necessary for the guitar service professional.  Perfect for those who wish to prepare for entry into the guitar service and repair industry.

This program bundles and arranges classes sequentially so that the student can progress through a logical series of curriculums.

Courses include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on course work taught by an experienced luthier in a professional guitar service shop. Students will apply knowledge learned while practicing  techniques under the supervision of the instructor in class.

Students who have completed this program may qualify for Apprenticeship at Specimen Guitar Shop through the school.

Apprenticeship offers those with a solid knowledge base and proven skills an opportunity to gain experience and develop expertise at the Specimen guitar service and repair shop. Specimen Apprenticeship positions are unpaid and limited.

To enquire about an Apprenticeship please email your cover letter in the body of an email with your resume attached.  Email your enquiry to [email protected]

  • Classes

    GTP enrollment is limited to 4 students.

    Course is taught in a professional guitar service shop equipped with individual workbenches stocked with specialized tools necessary for the course work.

  • Fee

    Course fee includes instruction, reference guides, and the use of a workbench and all shop supplies.

  • Materials

    The Guitar Tech Program requires the student to bring one or more instruments to repair to each class for hands-on course work and training.

    Acquiring an instrument for course work is the responsibility of the student, and is not included in the fee.

    Materials, components or hardware the student chooses to use for their class project are not included in the fee. The instructor will be available to advise the student on items to purchase either on one’s own or through the school.

  • 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.


Program Courses and Schedule

Our Guitar Technician Program includes five CSGM guitar repair courses plus our Guitar Tech Workshop.

CSGM guitar repair courses offer technical training and the opportunity to acquire an essential knowledge base necessary for the string instrument technician. The student will learn and develop skills through hands-on work on one or more string instruments which will become examples in their portfolio, giving proof of their practice. See the listings below for full descriptions of each of the five courses.

The Guitar Tech Workshop offers the student information and guidance pertinent to the luthiery profession and career development with the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of instruments and repair problems encountered in the workshop and on the stage. Students will present their course work to the class, followed with demonstrations, discussion, and Q and A.

The Guitar Tech Workshop

The Guitar Tech Workshop is exclusive to the Guitar Technician Program. This workshop is not open to registration as a stand alone course.

Class size is limited to 4 students.

This course offers lectures, discussion, Q & A, and practical application demonstrations in five sections:

  • Career  — Professional practices, careers, and further training.
  • Tooling  — Essential tools, their variety and qualities.
  • Special Problems — In the repair shop, on the stage, and on the road.
  • Student ProjectsStudents share their Guitar Repair Course* projects, Q&A.
  • Bench Work – Course work problems are addressed under observation of the class and instructor.

The CSGM Guitar Repair Courses

Five CSGM guitar repair courses included in this program are listed below. Please click a course title to see the full course description. These courses are open to registration as stand alone classes. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Guitar Set-Up & Maintenance Course

Guitar Electronics Course

Fretting Course

Bone Nut and Saddle Making Course

*Guitar Repair and Restoration Course



Letter of Completion 

While there are a number of Luthiery associations, organizations, schools, and clubs in the United States there is no governing body that regulates luthiery schools or certifies a luthier with a guarantee of competence and professionalism.

The reputation for quality work and the associations that you build over the course of your career will precede you. 

The school certifies a student’s attendance, and course and program hours with a letter of completion.

Our letter of completion identifies the student who has attended the Chicago School of Guitar Making and lists the dates of all of the courses attended with the number of hours completed. At your request, we will email your completion letter or send a copy of it via the U.S postal service to the address you provide us.


Spring  2022    April 5- 28, Tuesdays-Thursdays 11am – 5pm , 4 weeks, 72 Hours

Autumn  2022   September 13 – Oct 6, Tuesdays-Thursdays 11am – 5pm , 4 weeks, 72 Hours

Week 1 Tuesday Set-up Course Day 1 11am-5pm
Wednesday Set-up Course Day 2 11am-5pm
Thursday Electronics Course 11am-5pm
Week 2 Tuesday Fretting Course Day 1 11am-5pm
Wednesday Fretting Course Day 2 11am-5pm
Thursday Fretting Course Day 3 11am-5pm
Week 3 Tuesday Bone Nut Making Course 11am-5pm
Wednesday Bone Saddle Making Course 11am-5pm
Thursday Guitar Tech Workshop 11am-5pm
Week 4 Tuesday Guitar Repair 1 11am-5pm
Wednesday Guitar Repair 2 11am-5pm
Thursday Guitar Repair 3 11am-5pm


Please note:

If a student has conflicts with any of the five regularly scheduled classes, it is generally not a problem – these classes can be made up. Check with us and we’ll work it out.

The Guitar Tech Workshop activities and key benefits and would be impossible for us to duplicate outside its setting. If a student must miss this course we can include them in the next Guitar Tech Workshop date that they can attend.