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Electric Guitar Making Fast-track Course


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Our Electric Guitar Making Fast Track Course is designed to give the student a quick start to making their own custom guitar, bass  —or any string instrument!

This hands-on guitar making course teaches and guides the student through the complete design, essential planning, and initial construction phases of making an supremely playable instrument of their own design.

No drawing, design or previous shop experience is necessary.

This is not a kit course. This course teaches how to design and make an electric guitar from scratch —raw materials and stock or custom hardware!

Continued work will be required to complete the guitar outside of this course. Students who take this course may continue working on their luthiery projects in Open Workshop at the school.

Seize this rare opportunity to make a successful first lap into a lifetime of Luthiery!

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  • Materials

    Materials purchases are the responsibility of the student.

    The necessary materials costs range from $250. Many of the materials for this course are available through the school. Upon registration, a phone conversation with the student will be necessary to determine materials so they can be acquired in time for the course.

  • Classroom

    Class size is limited to 8 students.

    Course is taught in a professional guitar service shop equipped with 8 individual luthiery workbenches stocked with specialized tools necessary for the course work.

  • Fee

    Course fee includes instruction, reference guide, use of a workbench and all shop supplies necessary.

  • 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

Students will receive instruction, and access to all the shop supplies and tools needed to design and start making their own custom guitar from scratch. Three essential classes are bundled so that the student can progress through a logical series of curriculums and get their own original electric guitar design quickly underway.

Guitar Set-up & Maintenance Course

Guitar Design Course

Guitar Making Workshop – Instrument construction takes place in the guitar making workshop. The hands on work session provides an overview of the construction processes drawn from the student’s own instrument design. The student will receive instruction and supervision as they commence the initial phases of their instrument construction in this workshop.

Please Note:

Continued work will be required to complete the instrument outside of this course. Students will work at their own pace. Most students will complete their first instrument within 100-125 hours, depending upon their pace and the complexity of their instrument’s design and finish. While completing a guitar in under 100 hours is possible, it is unlikely for a beginner.  Those who come to class with already well developed shop skills may find their work goes very quickly. Upon completion of this course the student may choose to finish their guitar at home or continue working with instructor supervision at the school in our Open Workshops.

Specimen Freeman Royale Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Freeman Royale Archtop Electric Guitar
Ian Schneller with Guitar Design Student