Between their picky tastes, constant shredding, and hatred of hamcakes, it's hard to find gifts for guitarists that they won't destroy upon receiving. Get your guitar-wielding loved ones something lasting with this Grouponicus offer: for $99, you get $220 toward any guitar-repair or guitar-construction class at Specimen Guitar Shop.
Under the guidance of professional luthier Ian Schneller, Specimen provides expert training for amateur and accomplished guitar enthusiasts eager to strum their own handiwork. For the musician that wants to gain a deeper understanding of their instrument, or even build their own, Specimen's curriculum offers a range of classes, from Guitar & Bass Setup and Maintenance ($220) to Guitar & Bass Electronics ($380). Ambitious students can take extended workshops and build their own vintage-model tube amplifiers or design and construct custom guitars under Schneller's tutelage (see full list of classes). As a sculptor, guitar historian, and performing musician, Schneller has a lifetime of stories to share with his students. Each workshop's opening lecture is peppered with opinionated commentary on construction techniques and entertaining anecdotes about Leo Fender's pre-1968 Stratocasters, Telecasters, and post-2012 Rapturecasters. For those who want to forgo the classes for a quick repair, Schneller's high-quality, sustainable repair techniques make Specimen a refreshing alternative to the typical chop-shop strip-mall guitar warehouses.
Specimen's Humboldt Park workshop is the luthier's equivalent of the Wonka Factory. A spacious studio filled with Schneller's custom-built archtop guitars, electric ukuleles, violins, tenor guitars, and signature custom-tube amplifiers and horn speakers, the workshop provides a whimsical classroom setting or an exciting location for a company whirleyball tournament.
Specimen Guitar Shop's custom-made instruments have been featured everywhere from Andrew Bird's touring collection to magazines such as Playboy and Nuvo. Seven Yelpers give Specimen Guitar Shop a finely tuned rating of four stars.
- I've found Ian and his team to be not only totally professional and competent, but to be that rare breed of folks who not only don't mind explaining in detail all the work options available, but people who genuinely seem to enjoy talking about what they do… – Carter O., Yelp
1240 N Homan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60651Get Directions