Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

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Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

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By Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie
Published by Stewart-MacDonald. The definitive book for finishing guitars and fretted instruments.

Learn from the pros: materials, equipment and techniques, plus three dozen recipes for famous finishes. This book helps give you the confidence to finish new instruments, refinish old ones, and perform flawless touch-ups.

The expanded 2nd edition features color stain mixing charts, a color gallery of vintage finishes, and detailed recipes for recreating them with professional results. Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step focuses on nitrocellulose lacquer, the most common guitar finish, but also includes addditional information on varnishes, oils and French polishing. Dan Erlewine's color-illustrated essay guides you through the steps of modern waterbase finishing, too. 188 pages, softcover.

A partial list of contents:

Materials and tools
Abrasives • Solvents • Fillers • Colorants • Topcoats • Buffing materials and equipment

The basics of spray equipment • Sanding • Buffing • Basic finishing steps

Recipes for popular finishes
Fender blond, sunbursts and solids • Gibson goldtop, cherry red and sunbursts • Basic Martin-style finish • Lots more!

Color gallery
Stain mixing color charts • Examples of vintage finishes • Waterbase finishing steps

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critical for 1st timers...

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very detailed. (my head is spinning, lol) but very very helpful


Great guide

(Customer's Reviews)

Excellent and technical but I would still want someone looking over my shoulder the first time! Though Dan is right about practicing on some clunker bodies.


Great for do it yourselfers

(Customer's Reviews)

This book is excellent, really thorough for painting of all types, but needs a section of in depth oil finishing like tung oil etc. show all steps like you did for painting. oiling necks and such are really popular would really like to see this in an updated version. well worth the money.

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