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Early Registration Discounts Ends August 15


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

    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, 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

Guitar Tech students receive particular attention, guidance and information pertinent to the luthiery profession.

See course Schedule below*

The program includes the following courses.

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

Guitar Set-Up & Maintenance Course

Guitar Electronics Course

Fretting Course

Bone Nut and Saddle Making Course

Guitar Repair and Restoration Course

Open Workshop


Fall 2021

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

* If a student has conflicts with any of the scheduled classes, it is generally not a problem – classes can easily be made up and you will receive full certification. Just check with us and we’ll work it out.”

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 Wednesday Week Two 9/21 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Fretting Thursday 9/22 11:00: AM 5:00: PM
Tech Open Shop Flexible Date TBD 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