Classes and Seminars

  • Guitar Set-Up & Maintenance Course

    $275$365

    Learning the elusive craft of setting up a stringed instrument for optimal tone and playability will reward every musician with a greater understanding and appreciation of their instrument.

    Take this class before you buy your next instrument and I promise that the class will pay for itself!

    Whether or not you decide to perform your own maintenance in the future, taking this course will enable you to deal confidently with the local luthier and to have the best interests of your instrument in mind.

    Students are encouraged to bring as many stringed instruments as they like for both instructive demonstration and hands on bench time.

    Students who complete the course may schedule additional hands-on workshop time in our Open Workshops.

    This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program and our  Electric Guitar Making Course.

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  • Fretting Course

    $425$485

    Learn to execute a professional quality re-fret on your own guitar, bass or other fretted instrument in this hands-on workshop.

    This skill is a must for the guitar builder or guitar repair technician.

    This workshop is ideal for the musician or roadie, or anyone interested in working on stringed instruments.

    Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to re-fret.

    If the student is unable to bring their own instrument to re-fret please contact us in advance to arrange for the school to provide one for use during this course.

    This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

     

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  • Bone Nut Making Course

    $295

    A bone nut will upgrade the tone and clarity of your guitar, bass or any stringed instrument  – acoustic or electric! Even the most casually made instrument can benefit immensely from a hand cut nut. The results are truly stunning!

    Students will learn to carve a bone nut for their instrument, with the guidance of an experienced luthier in the workshop.

    Make no mistake – hand carving a nut from a piece of bone is a highly valuable skill for any guitar technician, and a necessity for the guitar builder.

    Cutting a piece of bone by hand into a beautiful finished nut is a vanishing art.

    In this workshop you will learn that skill and keep the art of luthiery alive for future generations. 

    We also teach Bone Saddle Making!

    Check out our Bone Nut & Saddle Making course here.

    This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

     

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  • Bone Nut & Saddle Making Course

    $365

    A bone nut and saddle will upgrade the tone and clarity of your guitar, bass or any stringed instrument! Even the most casually made instrument can benefit immensely from a hand cut nut and saddle. The results are truly stunning!

    Students will learn to carve a bone nut and saddle for their instrument, with the guidance of an experienced luthier.

    Make no mistake – hand carving a nut and saddle from a pieces of bone is a highly valuable skill for any guitar technician, and a necessity for the guitar builder. Cutting pieces of bone by hand into beautiful finished parts is a vanishing art.In this workshop you will learn that skill and keep the art of luthiery alive for future generations.

    This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

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  • Open Workshop

    $60$2,250

    Open workshops offer our 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.

    Blocks of time maybe purchased at considerable savings. These blocks can be used incrementally for pre-scheduled sessions already listed on the calendar or for other time slots.

    All Open Shop scheduling is by appointment. Arrangements for scheduling are on a case by case basis, and can be made during business hours – 12 pm – 7 pm Tuesday through Friday.

    The schedule includes weekday and evening hours and some weekends. See on our calendar.

    Occasionally there may also be availability on day that does appear on the schedule. Call 773 489 4840 or email [email protected] with any questions or to check availability and to reserve your time.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Electric Guitar Making Fast-track Course

    $1,095$1,395

    Our Electric Guitar Making Fast Track Course offers essential luthiery training in hands-on workshops, giving the student a quick start to making their own custom guitar, bass or any string instrument.

    This course bundles classes arranged sequentially, so that the student can progress through a logical series of curriculums and get an original electric guitar design project underway within a short time.

    Fast Track Courses include Guitar Set-up Course, Guitar Design Course, and a Guitar Making Workshop.

    Summer Camp Courses include Guitar Set-up Course, Guitar Electronics Course,  Guitar Design Course and a Guitar Making Workshop.

    No drawing, design or previous shop experience is necessary.

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

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

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  • Electric Guitar Making Summer Camps

    $1,095$3,295

    Our Electric Guitar Making Summer Camp is a special series of classes, bundled and scheduled sequentially so that the student can progress through a logical series of curriculums and get an original custom electric guitar or bass project underway quickly.

    The one and two week Summer Camp courses offer essential luthiery courses and training with supervision from the instructor in hands-on workshops including:

    Guitar Set-up & Maintenance Course

    Guitar Electronics Course

    Guitar Design + Blueprint Course

    Guitar Making Workshop

    The three week Summer Camp courses offer the above essential courses plus the Fretting Course  and Bone Nut Making Course, rounding out a luthiery fundamental knowledge base.

    No drawing, design or previous workshop experience is necessary.

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

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

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  • Guitar Design Course

    $385$485

    In our Guitar Design course students will produce a full size detailed plan of their own original stringed instrument design. Check out our Student Gallery!

    No drawing skills required.

    In-depth lectures will educate the student to expertly manipulate every variable of stringed instrument design. The student’s personal aspirations for their ideal stringed instrument will be manifested into this drawing. A treasure map, if you will.

    This course welcomes both traditionalist and experimentalist. Whether you choose to chart new territory, or design a reproduction of a traditional guitar, bass or any string instrument – the emphasis is on designing a supremely-functional and long-lasting instrument of beauty.

    Completing this workshop will prepare students for the exciting prospect of starting the actual construction of their design.

    This course is also part of our  Electric Guitar Making Course.

     

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  • Guitar Making Course

    $255$2,250

    During the course of these workshops, students will make their own electric guitar completely from scratch using raw materials and the time tested methods of luthier Ian Schneller. Students may also use this time to continue work on their Acoustic Guitar making.

    Students will learn how to shape their guitar’s neck and body, install the truss rod, install all hardware and much more. At the end of this multi-step process students will have a wonderful creation that fulfills their own unique vision.

    See our CALENDAR for the schedule.

    This class is also part of our Electric Guitar Making Summer Camp, and our other Electric Guitar Making Fast-track Course bundles. Take this course as a part of a one, two, or three week custom guitar making course this summer!

    Pre-requisite
    In these workshops students will either continue working on their acoustic guitar or make an electric guitar based on the blueprint they created in our Design + Blueprint Workshop. Electric guitar making students must complete theie blueprint before starting this course.

     

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  • Guitar Electronics Course

    $385$435

    The Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades workshop teaches instrument electronics troubleshooting, repair and component installation for both electric and acoustic instruments.

    Students will learn to achieve the best possible sound and reliability for their instrument and approach any instrument’s electronics problems with confidence.

    This course offers an indispensable knowledge base for the instrument repair technician or guitar builder.

    Students are encouraged to bring as many stringed instruments to repair this course as they can.

    * If the student is unable to bring their own instrument to repair please contact us in advance to arrange for the school to provide one for use during this course. 

    We offer a discount to combine this course with our Guitar Repair & Restoration Course for a more complete overview of both electric and acoustic stringed instrument repairs.

    This course is a part of our Guitar Technician Program!

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  • Guitar Repair & Restoration Course

    $385$585

    The Guitar Repairs and Restoration workshop teaches essential procedures for a variety of repairs, addressing damage, aging, and wear on any stringed instrument – acoustic and electric.

    Students are encouraged bring their own instruments to repair themselves with guidance from an experienced luthier, in the hands on portion of this course. In fact, realizing repairs on student instruments often more than offsets the cost of tuition!

    The skills and knowledge base taught in this course are a must for the guitar builder, instrument repair technician, or anyone interested in instrument restoration.

    This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

    We offer this course combined with our Guitar Electronics Course  for a complete understanding of string instrument restoration, upgrades and repair.

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  • Guitar Repair + Guitar Electronics Courses – Combined

    $695$895

    Our Guitar Repair & Restoration and Guitar Electronics Courses are bundled to offer a thorough understanding of instrument repair for acoustic and electric stringed instruments.

    Students are encouraged to bring one or more instruments to work on in the hands-on portion of this class.

    Each class is divided into part lecture and demonstration and part hands-on work and training. Hands on work gives students an opportunity to learn through application and acquire valuable skills in the workshop.

    Here is an indispensable knowledge base for the instrument repair technician, guitar builder or for anyone interested in instrument restoration or repair.

    This course is also part of our Guitar Technician Program.

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  • Acoustic Guitar Making Courses

    $889.12$3,682.36

    Our Acoustic Guitar Making course offers the perfect initiation into the craft of guitar making.

    Students will make their own Martin style acoustic guitar from an excellent kit.

    This course teaches fundamental workshop skills and the advanced techniques required to build a fine acoustic stringed instrument. 

    The student will be ready to make an original design of an instrument from scratch after completing this acoustic guitar.

    No drawing skills or shop experience required.

    Students work at their own pace and may require more time to finish their acoustic guitar project. They may choose to continue the work at the school in our Open Workshops or our Guitar Making Workshops or at home.

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  • Tube Amp Making Course – Guitar, Bass, or Stereo Hi Fi

    $1,161.79$3,435

    Start your journey into the exciting realm of electron tube audio!

    Students will make either a Tweed Deluxe, Bassman, or Champ tube guitar amp utilizing an excellent kit with special component upgrades – or a Specimen Stereo Hi- Fi Tube Amplifier. Learn about this wonderful amp kit.

    This is a great opportunity to learn tube audio electronics and acquire electronics shop skills with the guidance of an experienced amp builder in the workshop.

    Building an amplifier is the best way to develop the diagnostic skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair.

    Students who complete this course will be well prepared to take our Tube Amp Repair Courses.

    We offer a a substantial discount for this course when you register for AMP CAMP – Tube Amp Making + Amp Repair I Course.

    You may peruse the assembly instructions here: Instruction Book for Specimen Single Ended Stereo Tube Amp

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  • Amp Camp – Tube Amp Making + Repair Fundamentals

    $1,656.79$3,880

    Tube Amp Making and Tube Amp Repair 1 – Fundamentals  courses are given in series and bundled with a discount.

    Students will construct and hand wire their tube amplifier of choice under the watchful eye of the instructor in our Tube Amp Making course. While constructing their amp the student will begin to develop the skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair amplifiers.

    Students will learn tube amp electronics, troubleshooting and repair the fundamentals in our Tube Amp Repair I course.

    No prior shop or electronics experience is necessary.

    Students will enjoy bringing home their own guitar amp or stereo hi-fi amplifier along with the knowledge and confidence to service it.

     

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  • Tube Amp Repair Course I – Fundamentals

    $685 $495

    Tube amp diagnostics and repair is equal parts science and art – there are very few places to learn it and few masters of the craft willing to divulge their hard won secrets.

    More than just the keys to a vocational opportunity – here’s a chance to learn tube amp electronics and professional diagnostic and repair techniques from a master technician.

    The fundamentals of tube amp electronics, diagnostics and repair are covered in this course.

    Students who have a grasp of these fundamentals may wish to complete their training in our Tube Amp Repair, Modifications and Diagnostics 2 Advanced course.

    Tube Amp Repair I and II is for those who wish to register for both courses, and is offered at significant savings!

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  • Tube Amp Repair Course II – Advanced

    $685 $495

    Students will learn how to modify tube amps for optimal sound and get the most out of advanced diagnostic tools and equipment.

    Lectures and demonstrations cover circuit design, tube theory, and advanced diagnostics tools, repair and modification techniques.

    Pre-requisite: CSGM Tube Amp Repair & Diagnostics I – Fundamentals  or similar experience.  This course offers those who have a grasp of audio electronics fundamentals a deeper understanding of tube electronics and circuits.

    Guest Instructor Kye Kennedy brings decades of experience as an amp and stage technician working for an impressive roster of clientele in Nashville, the mid-south and around the globe. His extraordinary amp diagnostics curriculum is well thought out and comprehensive. Here is your chance to learn from a master amp technician who is one of the best in the business.

     

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  • Tube Amp Repair Courses 1+II – Combined

    $1,285 $985

    Tube Amp Repair I and II are bundled and given in series, offering a complete overview of tube electronics circuits, testing and repairs techniques from the standpoint of the repair professional.

    Lectures, demonstrations and Q & A cover troubleshooting, advanced diagnostics techniques, repairs, modifications and upgrades.

    Guest Instructor Kye Kennedy brings decades of experience as an amp professional and stage technician, working for an impressive roster of clientele in Nashville, the mid-south and around the globe. His extraordinary amp diagnostics curriculum is well thought out and comprehensive. Here is your chance to learn from a master amp technician who is one of the best in the business.

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