Open Workshop


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Please contact the school directly to reserve your preferred block of time. Call 773.489.4830 or email [email protected]


Open workshops offer students the freedom to schedule their preferred hours to work on a project at their own pace.

Students often continue work on acoustic or electric builds, fretwork, finishing, or electronic projects.

This is an hourly, pay as you go, opportunity for students to continue their studies. There are also blocks of time available for purchase at considerable savings. These blocks can be used incrementally for prescheduled sessions already listed on the calendar or for other time slots made by appointment.

Arrangements are made on a case by case basis and generally take place during regular business hours which are noon until seven Tuesday through Friday. Evening hours and weekends that do not appear on the calendar are often available

Students pay a flat rate for access to a Luthiers Station and and the vast collection of shop tools and fixtures. Oversight and instruction is always available to the student during open shop time.

Call 773 489 4840 or email [email protected] with any questions or to check availability and reserve time.

  • Schedule and Registration

    Open Shop time is purchased by the hour, or in a package.

    Please see our Calendar for upcoming dates
    or Call 773-489-4830

    Check availability and reserve specific times and dates via telephone, email, or in person.

    You may also pay when scheduling by phone.

  • Fee

    $60 - 1 hour

    $255 - 5 hour session 15% savings (See Guitar Building page)

    $1200 - 25 hours 20% savings

    $2250 - 50 hours 25% savings

    Instruction is included with bench fee

  • Instructors

    Ian Schneller read bio

  • Refund Policy

    Registrations are non refundable. A tuition fee may only be applied to other CSGM classes with written notice of cancellation prior to class.

  • Location

    All workshops are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. view map

  • Registration

    Register online or call 773.489.4830 to enroll with a credit card.  You are also welcome to come by the shop and enroll using cash, credit card or a personal check.  Please note that all registrations are final and non-refundable. In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition.  Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.