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Gear Profile: Specimen Products & The Chicago School of Guitar Making – Part 2


Specimen Products is a unique custom guitar and amp shop located on Chicago’s West Side.

In this clip, Specimen founder Ian Schneller shows Guitar Shop TV his hand-built Little Horn speakers, which are exceptionally efficient yet also have a funky vintage look to them. These are smaller versions of the speakers Specimen Products created for Carnegie Hall. Schneller also shows off the 48 “hornlings and hornlettes” that Chicago multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird played through these in his “Sonic Arboretum” performance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.… Read More

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Gear Profile: Specimen Products & The Chicago School of Guitar Making – Part 1

Specimen Products is a unique custom guitar and amp shop located on Chicago’s West Side. Specimen founder Ian Schneller shows Guitar Shop TV a guitar he calls “the Marmite ‘caster,” made of two-by-fours and masonite. The guitar has a “subcutaneous” P-90 pickup set underneath the pick guard with just the pole pieces sticking up. According to Schneller, this gives the neck pickup a much warmer sound than the traditional Tele neck pickup has. He also talks about why he took a blow torch to all the chrome on the guitar.

 

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