Since 1986 we have been creating custom instruments, amplifiers and horn speakers one at a time in our Chicago shop. Each Specimen is handmade using traditional techniques and innovative design.
We also provide expert repair service and teach classes in guitar building, guitar setup and repair, and tube amp building.
A beautifully elegant design, our single-ended stereo hi-fi amp is perfectly suited for your home stereo system.read more »
Introducing the 5-string Luddite Bass!read more »
Chicago School of Guitar Making Summer Workshops offer a range of intensive guitar and tube amp building and repair courses.read more »
ICA Boston Sonic Arboretum: Sculptures by Ian Schneller – Sound by Andrew Birdread more »
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand playing his new Specimen Emerald Deluxe Guitarread more »