Music Store in Chicago, IL
Ian Schneller. I started using Specimen Products as a name for my sculptures in 1981 while I was an undergraduate at the Memphis Academy of Art. It was the anonymity of the words Specimen and Products that appealed to me. It seemed a funny little ruse pretending to be a firm instead of myself. After I became a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984, Specimen Products expanded into a music and instrument-making endeavor 1st to fulfill my own individual requirements, and then for my friends, fellow bandmates, and other musicians. A growing clientele speedily turned this little ruse into a real firm.
read moreClasses and Open Shops are back up and running adherent to local policies and guidelines. We wear masks, the space is very open with lots of fresh outside air and cross ventilation, we exercise safe hygiene. The workshop has been rearranged with workbenches ten feet apart and class size is limited. Come learn and create at CSGM! Exploit all the glorious tone of your 5E3 Deluxe without blowing out your eardrums! This simple modification for the stock 5E3 Deluxe amplifier replaces the original 2 output jack circuit (1/4 SPK and 1/4 EXT SPK) with another that adds a 1/4″ Line Level Out and an 8 dummy load.
read moreChicago has a rich tradition in guitar making - it used to be the Guitar Making Capital of the World! But with the growing inclination of big US companies manufacturing their instruments outside the US using CNC machines instead of traditional building techniques, and nearly all electronics vocational programs being withdrawn from our schools, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for the budding student interested in the tradition of guitar building and repair. The Chicago School of Guitar Making wants to keep the tradition of lutherie alive and thriving with the hope of inspiring new generations for many years to come.