Guitar Player Repair Guide

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By Dan Erlewine
The leading step-by-step manual for every guitar owner.
Only at StewMac: Dan Erlewine will autograph your copy!

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By Dan Erlewine
The leading step-by-step manual for every guitar owner.
Only at StewMac: Dan Erlewine will autograph your copy!

Updated 3rd edition:
FREE! Guitar Tips DVD shows you how to evaluate, intonate and string a guitar.
NEW: content sorting tailors the information to all skill levels.

Content based on your skill level The basic sections keep your guitar out of the repair shop and playing its best.

For the do-it-yourselfer: how to do both simple and advanced repairs.

Want to go even further into guitar repair? The deep sections are for you.


322 pages, softcover.

"A common-sense guide in layman's terms."
Chris Martin, CEO, Martin Guitars
"This book is a must-have."
Henry Juszkiewicz
Chairman, Gibson Guitars

"It's been 14 years since the previous edition, and my old copy's overflowing with notes and new techniques! I've included all of that in this update!"Dan
Guitar Player Repair Guide

Free DVD included. Dan shows you how to evaluate any guitar before buying, how to set your own intonation (it's simple!) and how to install strings without damaging your guitar.

Free guitar assessment forms

Free printable forms for repair shops. Computer files are included on the DVD: guitar assessment forms for repair work in printable PDF format.

These are just SOME of the topics covered:
Action and setups
Nuts, saddles
Fret work
Tuners, tremolos
Bridges, braces
Bodies, necks
Finishing repairs
Structural repairs
Electronics
Lots more!

The Guitar Player Repair Guide is the most widely used basic reference in repair shops, featuring factory setup specifications for Martin, Gibson and Fender guitars, in-depth fretting instruction, advice from top repairmen, and much more! The book grew out of Dan's popular Guitar Player magazine columns. Now in its 3rd edition, it includes lots of recent techniques Dan discovered while repairing every kind of guitar, from the new and inexpensive to the vintage and priceless. 322 pages, softcover.


Product Instructions

Example Repair Shop Forms

Dan Erlewine created two useful forms to plan and estimate the work that comes into his shop, it's also helpful for showing your customer the work you plan to do or did on their instrument. Guitar Player Repair Guide

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An Absolutely -=*MUST*=- Own!!

By Aaron Schmidt from Spruce Grove, Alberta
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 29, 2010


Hands down, the most comprehensive repair book there is in my humble opinion! The information, details, tips, tricks, and pictures are indispensable and completely invaluable!! I just began to fix and tinker with my own guitars and this book has saved me in a number of situations. Buy this book!

Great book.

By Lennie Joseph from Rochelle Park NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 07, 2010


I love everything about this book. It is easy to read, use as a reference,and best of all, Dan autographed it for me! Thanks, Dan, you are my mentor!

Beyond Essential

By Samuel from Mobile
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 07, 2010


Impossible Without! A friend said "Get It" and this book's WAY more than I ever imagined. Dan's got a gift from the real "Guitar God" & his ability to share the gift amazes me. The only way you won't be more than satisfied with this book is if you can't read!

Erlewine's Tome Belongs in Every Guitarist's Library

By Amplikat from Fresno, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 17, 2010


This is the greatest investment that any guitarist can possibly make. It is a required reference tool for any and every one that owns an electric or acoustic guitar. In addition, Dan Erlewine is a world-class authority with a friendly, unaffected, and practical writing style: a great teacher that does not 'skip steps' in his patient and thoughtful approach to the reader. My copy was signed by Dan with a personalized and inspirational touch.

Just in time

By Luis Miranda from Chile
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 06, 2010


By the time I received the book my daughter bought a fairly used bass, but with many issues. Then I started to read/use the very good book and doing the job for her. And with Dan's autograph....what else?

Wonderful resource !!!!

By tjhlpt from longview,TX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 26, 2010


This book is thorough, complete and detailed. It is easy to read and follow. I have been doing wood working for 53 years and this is one of the best instructional books I've seen

Great Resource

By Lindy Danny from Kansas City, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I'm a long time player and an avid woodworker who is planning on building instruments in the future. This manual is a must for not only a player but anyone who will be doing setup or repair work. Players need it if for nothing less than to help you learn how to do the simple stuff and save money for the big repairs later!

Absolutely essential for any guitar work

By Gavin Brophy from South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 30, 2010


Dan's book goes beyond all the essentials of "must have" information about guitar repairs. Abosultely necessary for the serious guitar enthusiast Well done and thank you Dan

The BEST book I've read so far

By Blair from Vancouver, BC
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 29, 2010


If you are interested in learning how to set-up & repair your own guitars this book is an absolute must have. It's easy to read and very informative. Buy it!

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