Classes and Seminars

  • Guitar Set-Up & Maintenance

    $275$485

    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.

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  • Fretting

    $369$420

    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.

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  • Bone Nut Making

    $245$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. 

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  • Bone Nut & Saddle Making

    $345$395

    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 in the workshop.

    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.

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  • Guitar Design & Blueprint

    $385$485

    In the Guitar Design & Blueprint course you will produce a full size plan of your original stringed instrument design.

    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.

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  • Guitar Making

    $260$2,300

    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.

    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 Repairs & Restoration

    $485 $385

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

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

    Students may wish to combine this course with Guitar Electronics Repair and Upgrades course for a complete understanding of instrument restoration, upgrade and repair.

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  • Guitar Electronics Repair & Upgrades

    $385

    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 may wish to combine this workshop with our Guitar Repair & Restoration Course.

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  • Guitar Repair & Restoration + Electronics Upgrades

    $695 $595

    Guitar Repair & Restoration and Guitar Electronics Repair and Upgrades 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.

    The student will learn to achieve the best possible sound and reliability for an instrument and acquire valuable skills in the workshop.

    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 develop skill as they work on their own instrument.

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

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  • Open Workshop

    $60$2,250

    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.

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  • Acoustic Guitar Making

    $1,214$4,131

    My Acoustic Guitar Making Workshop begins your journey of learning luthiery.  Students will make their own Martin 000 style acoustic guitar from an excellent kit with the guidance of an experienced luthier.  This course offers the perfect initiation to luthiery and acoustic guitar making.

    Students will learn fundamental workshop skills and advanced techniques required to build a fine acoustic stringed instrument. 

    We will cast a wide net into the realm of woodworking, with a finished guitar as proof of application.

    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 home or at the school in our Open Workshops or our Guitar Making Workshops

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  • Acoustic Guitar Making 5 Day Summer Course

    $2,359$2,411

    This 5 day, 35 hour immersion course offers the student the opportunity to build their own Martin-style 000 guitar with instruction from luthier and CSGM founder Ian Schneller. The workshop is structured to guide the student through every essential phase of acoustic guitar making. Taking advantage of specially designed luthiery workbenches, luthiery tools and fixtures, and the expertise of CSGM luthiers is a special opportunity.

    Please note: While it is possible for a student to complete a first acoustic guitar build within 40 hours, it is highly unlikely. Each student will work and develop their skills at their own pace.  Students may continue their work at home, or at the school in either our Guitar Making Workshops and Open Workshops,  which offer access to further instruction and the fully equipped workspace at CSGM.

     

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  • Acoustic Guitar Making 12 Day Summer Course

    $4,079$4,131

    This course offers 80+ hours of instruction and hands-on work toward making your very own pre-1980 Martin 000 style acoustic guitar. A perfect start to learning luthiery with the guidance of professional luthier and CSGM school founder Ian Schneller.

    This workshop is structured to guide the student through every essential phase of the acoustic guitar making process. In addition to constructing the guitar body in the Acoustic Guitar Making Workshop, this course includes the Fretting Workshop, Bone Nut and Saddle Making Workshop and Guitar Set-up and Maintenance Seminar where the student can obtain complete precision in these steps of any guitar making process. The course also includes hours in Guitar Making Workshops where students can also observe various aspects of solid body guitar making underway in the workshop, while continuing on their own acoustic guitar making.

    This is a special opportunity for extended instruction with an experienced luthier. Students will work at their own pace. The length of this workshop gives most students the opportunity to finish making their guitar. However the student will work at their own pace and may require more time to complete their acoustic guitar.

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  • Tube Amp Making: Guitar, Bass, Stereo Hi Fi

    $1,161.79$3,335

    Tube Amp Making at CSGM is an immersive making experience. Start your journey into the exciting realm of electron tube audio!

    Students will construct either a Tweed Deluxe, Bassman, or Champ amp utilizing an excellent kit with special component upgrades – or a Specimen Hi- Fi Stereo Tube Amplifier.

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

    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.

     

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  • Tube Amp Making: Stereo Hi-Fi

    $3,035$3,335

    Students will make a SPECIMEN HI-FI Stereo Tube Amp in this workshop.

    You may peruse the assembly instruction book here:

    Instruction Book for Specimen Single Ended Stereo Tube Amp

    This amp circuit is derived from the classic single-ended designs that began in the 1930s. This design is by Ian Schneller. The Baltic Birch frame completes this tube amp beautifully. The layout of this tube amplifier is simple and elegant, but most of all timeless, very well built, and great sounding!

    You can plug just about anything into this amp’s input with great results. For listening to vinyl you will need a phono preamp.

    If you have ever been interested in building your own high fidelity, single-ended triode tube amplifier, but felt that it was a daunting and mysterious task, then wait no longer. This class removes all the mystery and will guide you through the entire process.

    Once you have built this circuit, you will be on your way to gaining the skills necessary to start designing and building your own DIY audio creations. Or just sit back and enjoy the music.

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  • Amp Camp: Tube Amp Making + Repair 1

    $1,556.79$3,830

    This three day course offers a unique hands on immersive making and learning experience.  The class combines a tube amp electronics construction workshop with a tube amp repair seminar.

    Student will enjoy bringing home their own hand wired tube amplifier with the knowledge and confidence to service it.

    No prior shop or electronics experience is necessary.

    Students will make either a Tweed Guitar Tube amp, or a Hi-Fi  Stereo Tube Amplifier in the Tube Amp Making Workshop. By constructing an tube amplifier, students will begin to develop the skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair amplifiers.

    They will follow the Tube Amp Making course with the Tube Amp Repair 1 seminar.

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  • Tube Amp Repair 1 – Fundamentals

    $585$685

    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.

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

    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.

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  • Tube Amp Repair 2 – Advanced

    $585$685

    Tube Amp Repair, Modifications & Diagnostics 2 covers all of the information necessary to delve into the world of tube amp repair, modifications and advanced diagnostics techniques from the standpoint of the amp repair professional.

    Students who have a grasp of audio electronics fundamentals will gain a deeper understanding of tube electronics and circuits, will learn how to modify tube amps for optimal sound and get the most out of advanced diagnostic tools and equipment.

    Pre-requisite: CSGM Tube Amp Repair & Diagnostics I – Fundamentals  or similar experience.

    Here is your chance to learn from a master amp technician who is one of the best in the business

    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.

     

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  • Tube Amp Repair 1+2

    $985$1,185

    These two intensive seminars offer a complete overview of tube amp electronics, diagnostics, and the options for repairs and modifications, from the standpoint of the amp repair professional.

    Learn the fundamentals of tube amp electronics and troubleshooting followed by tube theory, advanced tube amp diagnostics, repair and upgrade techniques, all from a master amp technician.

    More than just the keys to a vocational opportunity – here’s a chance to learn from one of the best in the business.

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