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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 six courses: Our Guitar Technician Workshop course plus five guitar repair courses.

The student will receive particular attention, guidance and information pertinent to the luthiery profession and career development in the Guitar Tech Workshop. They will receive technical training and the opportunity to develop skills through practice and hands-on work in the guitar repair courses.

Guitar Technician Workshop

Attendance is limited to Guitar Tech Program Students only.  Guitar Tech Workshop is not open to registration as a stand alone course. Class size is limited to 4 students.

The Guitar Tech Workshop offers lectures, discussion, Q & A, and practical application demonstrations in five sections:

  • Career  — Professional development, practices, careers, and further training.
  • Tooling  — The history, variety, qualities, and the lists and uses of essential tools.
  • Special Problems — In the repair shop, on the stage, and on the road.
  • Student ProjectsStudents share their course work, insights, project problems and questions.
  • Bench Work – Bench work problems are addressed under observation of the class. Student may continue hands on bench work.

Guitar Repair Courses

This program includes our five guitar repair courses. To see the full description of each course, please click course titles linked below. 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.


Please note:

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

The Guitar Tech Workshop course’s activities and key benefits would be impossible for us to duplicate outside its setting. This course is scheduled three times each year. If you must miss this course we will include you on the next Guitar Tech Workshop date that you can attend. Just let us know.

SCHEDULE – 2022 Spring and Summer 

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

Summer  2022    June 28 – July 21, 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


SOLD OUT   Fall 2021 – Sept 14 – Oct 7, 2021

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 4 weeks, 72 Hour

2021 Guitar Tech Course Schedule
Sept 14 Tuesday Set-Up Day 1 11am-5pm
Sept 15 Wednesday Set-Up Day 2 11am-5pm
Sept 16 Thursday Electronics 11am-5pm
Sept 21 Tuesday* No Classes* *Reschedule
Sept 22 Wednesday Fretting Day 1 11am-5pm
Sept 23 Thursday Fretting Day 2 11am-5pm
TBD Reschedule Open Shop – Fretting 11am-5pm
Sept 28 Tuesday Bone Nut Making 11am-5pm
Sept 29 Wednesday Bone Saddle Making 11am-5pm
Sept 30 Thursday Guitar Tech Workshop 11am-5pm
Oct 5 Tuesday Guitar Repair Day 1 11am-5pm
Oct 6 Wednesday Guitar Repair Day 2 11am-5pm
Oct 7 Thursday Guitar Repair Day 3 11am-5pm