Ian Schneller

Ian Schneller

Schneller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Art (now Memphis College of Art) and a Master of Sculpture degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began building instruments while in Chicago, including a full-line of aluminum guitars, tube amplifiers and horn speakers. In the guitar world, Schneller is considered a renaissance man, creating instruments from scratch and preferring to build his own jibs, design his own pickups and machine his own hardware rather than rely on conventional methods or existing parts. Schneller’s horn speakers and tube amplifiers have the unique distinction of receiving acclaim from both the design and audiophile worlds for their robust construction, captivating beauty and the ability to join the 1940s-era electron tube technology with today’s iPods and computers. Schneller’s work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Elle, Tone Audio, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Art in America, The Fretboard Journal, Chicago Magazine and on PBS, NPR and Fox TV. His horn speakers were featured in an Apple iPad commercial and clients include Andrew Bird, Jack White, Franz Ferdinand, Wilco, Low, Tortoise, Califone, My Morning Jacket, Rise Against, Death Cab for Cutie, Instagram, Hard Rock Hotels and House of Blues.  Schneller is also founder of the Chicago School of Guitar Making and has taught over one thousand students since the school opened in 2005.