Guitar Technician Program


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Our Guitar Tech Program is a 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.


Course Description

Each class offers lecture and demonstrations, and varying amount of hands-on workbench time for each course project.

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

Demonstrations teach 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 each class offers students the opportunity to exercise their knowledge from the lessons learned, and develop skills at the workbench.

Open Workshops offer the student more time at the workbench with guidance from the instructor and access to specialized tools, shop supplies.

The Guitar Tech Program curriculum includes the following classes. Click the class title for full description.

Guitar Setup & Maintenance 

Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades

Guitar Repair and Restoration


Open Workshop

Bone Nut & Saddle Making

Classes sessions are scheduled as blocks in alternating weeks to allow for time for practice and skill development. During the interim time, students are encouraged to communicate with the instructor whether they choose to practice on their own at home, or at the school in OPEN WORKSHOPS.

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Evening Course Program Schedule – Fall 2020

Sept 15 – Nov 13, 6 weeks, 45 Hours

SetupTuesdayWeek 19/15/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
SetupWednesday9/16/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
SetupThursday9/17/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
ElectronicsTuesdayWeek 29/29/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
ElectronicsWednesday9/30/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Tech Open ShopThursday10/1/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Guitar RepairTuesdayWeek 310/13/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Guitar RepairWednesday10/14/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Guitar RepairThursday10/15/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
FrettingTuesdayWeek 410/27/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
FrettingWednesday10/28/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
FrettingThursday10/29/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Bone NutTuesdayWeek 511/10/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Bone NutWednesday11/11/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Bone SaddleThursday11/12/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Bone Saddle*Friday11/13/20206:30: PM9:00: PM
Tech Open Shop 5 hours To Be Scheduled
Week 611/14/2020


Day Course Program Schedule – Fall 2020

Sept 8 – Oct 22, 4 weeks, 72 Hours

SetupTuesdayWeek 19/8/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
SetupWednesday9/9/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
ElectronicsThursday9/10/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
FrettingTuesdayWeek 29/22/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
FrettingWednesday9/23/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Tech Open ShopThursday9/24/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Bone NutTuesdayWeek 310/6/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Bone SaddleWednesday10/7/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Tech Open ShopThursday10/8/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Guitar RepairTuesdayWeek 410/20/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Guitar RepairWednesday10/21/202011:00: AM5:00: PM
Guitar RepairThursday10/22/202011:00: AM5:00: PM