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Electric Guitar Making Fast-track Course


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Our Electric Guitar Making Fast Track Course offers our custom guitar design course, an essential Luthiery training course and a hands-on guitar making workshop to give  a quick start to making your own custom guitar, bass  —or any string instrument.

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!

The course is structured to teach and guide the student through the complete design, essential planning, and the initial construction phases of a custom electric guitar, bass —or any stringed instrument.

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.

No drawing, design or previous shop experience is necessary.

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

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  • 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.

  • Schedule

    Classes are scheduled on three consecutive weekends.

  • Fee

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

  • Materials Purchases

    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.

  • 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

Our Electric Guitar Making Fast-Track course bundles three essential luthiery classes so that the student can progress through a logical series of curriculums and get an original electric guitar design project quickly underway.

This course offers all of the instruction, shop supplies and access to the tools the student will need to design and start making their own custom guitar from scratch.

Fast-Track Course includes:

Guitar Set-up & Maintenance Course

Guitar Design Course

Guitar Making Workshop – This workshop kicks off the student’s guitar making in a six hour hands-on work session. This session provides instruction with an overview of the essential planning and construction processes drawn from the student’s own instrument design and blueprint and continues with instruction and supervision of the initial phases of the student’s guitar making process.

Please Note:

Continued work will be required to complete the instrument outside of this course. Students will work at their own pace. Students may choose to continue working on this project on their own timeline at home or at the school in our Open Workshops.

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. Those who come to class with already well develop shop skills may find their work goes very quickly however.

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