Trade Secrets Book

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Edited by Dan Erlewine
The first nine years of our popular "Trade Secrets" feature articles, including Mike Lindskold's informative "Guitar Wiring 101."

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Edited by Dan Erlewine
The first nine years of our popular "Trade Secrets" feature articles, including Mike Lindskold's informative "Guitar Wiring 101."

A must for every building and repair shop!
Since "Trade Secrets" first appeared in our catalogs in 1990, you've asked for reprints. Trade Secrets Books One and Two are filled with photos and illustrations, Blue Book price lists, Hot Tips from technicians around the world, visits to guitar shops and factories, tips on tools, useful building and repair techniques, and lots more!

Trade Secrets Book One: Every "Trade Secrets" back issue from volumes 1-19, with an extra never-before-published 8-page bonus volume (#20) that appears only in the book. Trade Secrets Book One also contains Mike Lindskold's first eight "Guitar Wiring 101" columns. 142 pages, softcover.

Trade Secrets Book Two is here! It begins where Book One ended, with back issues from volumes 21-38. Also included are installments 9-26 of Mike Lindskold's "Guitar Wiring 101" columns, filled with information for getting great sound. 165 pages, softcover.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Visiting Frank Ford, the King of Shop Tips!

Frank Ford is the man behind, one of the richest sources of lutherie tips to be found anywhere. He's a skilled luthier, machinist and inventor. Spend a few minutes in Frank's shop at Gryphon Instruments, and you'll come away smarter!

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Trade Secrets Book

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information research

By Felix from Quebec
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 12, 2014

These books are very useful with many tips but it very hard to find what we need. I make my own note when I read the book to find easily after.

Interesting Reading, Great Tips

By WBR Guitars from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 27, 2013

With every look through I find helpful tips, and just different approaches to repairs and adjustments, as well as handy tool ideas to make the job easier.

Great Archive

By Jim J. Donaldson from Findlay, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 22, 2013

These things are so packed with information you have to read them a few times to really absorb it all.

a must have

By scott sauers from norwich ct.
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 02, 2013

Both of these books are very useful, not only for guitar repair but a lot of the tips can be used in every day situations in the shop.


By AndrewD from Orillia, Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 22, 2013

I love these books and have read them several times. I'm still waiting for the third one though!

Trade secrets 1 and 2 Pics

By KC Sligo from Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I love the books but hate the pics . The quality is awful and I cant understand why no one here has mentioned that. Did I get some badly printed versions or what ? I cant make out whats in half of the photos in both copies and it ruins an otherwise pleasant experience for me .

Good & Bad

By Smith from Modesto,Ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 27, 2012

The good is that these book a full and mean FULL of information and Great Ideas!!! The Bad is I haven't slept a full night since I got them.
You have to have them. If you don't have them get them both soon!

Good, but worth $40?

By C. Portner from Portland, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 19, 2012

These books are a great resource for aspiring builders and hobbyists. While slightly outdated, they provide some interesting editorials and tips. Overall, worth the read if you have the cash, but most the information here can be readily found elsewhere with a little "google-fu".

Good books, so so index

By gearjunky from Arizona
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 08, 2012

The books are OK as reference material, but a little hard to find a specific subject due to (in some cases) bad indexes, and the paste up method used.
With this said, they are still good reference material when you have nothing else to go on.

Great Read 

By Daniel M from Beaufort SC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 05, 2012

This is great for builders and repair shops, it has a lot of general and specific knowledge, that i feel would take years to gather. It's not a bad price and this is well worth it for just to have around for a quick read, or a decent study.

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