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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 an opportunity for those with a solid knowledge base and proven skills to gain experience and develop expertise. Specimen Apprenticeship positions are limited and are unpaid.

To inquire about a Specimen Apprenticeship position through the school please contact the instructor.

To apply to Specimen for an Apprenticeship please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

  • Classes

    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.

  • Schedules

    Classes are scheduled in blocks of alternating weeks.

    The program is offered with a varying number of completion hours.

    Longer courses offer more hands-on workbench time, giving students a greater opportunity to practice the lessons learned and develop skill with guidance from the instructor.

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

  • Fee

    Course fee includes instruction, reference guide, 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 Schedules

The Guitar Technician Program includes the following courses.

Tech Program student receive special attention and guidance, as well as pertinent information from the perspective of the repair professional.

Click a course title for the full description of  the class.

Guitar Set-Up & Maintenance Course

Guitar Electronics Course

Fretting Course

Bone Nut and Saddle Making Course

Guitar Repair and Restoration Course

Open Workshop

Day and Evening Course Schedules

Evening Program Schedule – Fall 2021

Oct 12 – Nov 18, 6:30: PM – 9 PM –  6 weeks, 45 Hours

Setup Tuesday Week One 10/12  6:30: PM  9 PM
Setup Wednesday 10/13  6:30: PM  9 PM
Setup Thursday 10/14  6:30: PM  9 PM
Electronics Tuesday Week Two 10/19  6:30: PM  9 PM
Electronics Wednesday 10/20  6:30: PM  9 PM
Tech Open Shop Thursday 10/21  6:30: PM  9 PM
Guitar Repair Tuesday Week Three 10/26  6:30: PM  9 PM
Guitar Repair Wednesday 10/27  6:30: PM  9 PM
Guitar Repair Thursday 10/28  6:30: PM  9 PM
Fretting Tuesday Week Four 11/2  6:30: PM  9 PM
Fretting Wednesday 11/3  6:30: PM  9 PM
Fretting Thursday 11/4  6:30: PM  9 PM
Bone Nut Tuesday Week Five 11/9  6:30: PM  9 PM
Bone Nut Wednesday 11/10  6:30: PM  9 PM
Bone Saddle Thursday 11/11  6:30: PM  9 PM
Bone Saddle *Friday, 7pm, 11/13/2020  6:30: PM  9 PM
*Tech Open Shop 5 hours Week Six 11/16-18  6:30: PM  9 PM


Day Program Schedule – Fall 2021

Sept 14 – Oct 7, 2021 – 4 weeks, 72 Hours

Setup Tuesday Week One 9/14 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Setup Wednesday 9/15 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Electronics Thursday 9/16 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Fretting Tuesday Week Two 9/21 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Fretting Wednesday 9/22 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Tech Open Shop Thursday 9/23 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Bone Nut Tuesday Week Three 9/28 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Bone Saddle Wednesday 9/29 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Tech Open Shop Thursday 9/30 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Guitar Repair Tuesday Week Four 10/5 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Guitar Repair Wednesday 10/6 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Guitar Repair Thursday 10/7 11:00: AM 5:00: PM