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.

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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

Techniques
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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By KL from Christchurch, New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 22, 2013


A good book. Simple to understand. I wish some of the products mentioned in the book were obtainable in my neck of the woods.

lots of info....

By T Jones from Chester, MT
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 27, 2013


Good book lots of info could have more details on finishing with stains faux binding things like that.. More than enough on spray guns and techniques... Could have more info on ratios of mixing colors as well..

A must have.....

By DavidMitch from Germantown, TN USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 06, 2013


I must say that I questioned this purchase....after I received, read and applied what was in this book....no second thought...an absolute must have!

Good starting point

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


This is a great book for an education into the different ways guitars have been finished over the years. From that point on, you need to figure a lot out on your own through trial and error. I found this 1931/32 L1 in a trunk in my Aunts house after she had passed. It is the best looking L1 I have ever seen except for the front which had/has multiple cracks and the bridge was pulled out with less than a square inch of backing plate left.
Needless to say, I am still working on it, but getting close thanks to StewMac.

I bought this book abd i like it .Guitar finishing.

By Richi from Qu+¬bec to Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 03, 2012


Very good book.I would like to paint a new projet but i c,ant to do the Honey Burst color. Thanks My last les paul.

Good finishing book

By Wilmer Gingerich from Jamesport MO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 17, 2011


Good, not great.

guitar finishing step by step book

By guz from latina ,italy
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 10, 2011


great book!!!!

Great book for the library

By Mike T. from North Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 15, 2011


This book is full of useful info. Color recipes and stain charts. As others have stated I wish it would have had a little more detail on water based finishes.

Very helpful

By DanielK from California
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 30, 2011


This had a lot of fairly detailed information, and lots of good pictures. The 2 books I have on the general topic of guitar building do not go into nearly enough detail on guitar finishing. If you don't know much about wood finishing, get this book (or something like it). If you don't know much about guitar finishing, but you do know about wood finishing, you should still probably get this book. I have the wonderful

'Understanding wood finishing' by Bruce Flexner, and I still found the Stewmac book helpful.

-1 star because I would have liked some more information on specifics related to water based finishes. The book has some, but I think it could have used more. Also, this book did not mention one crucial fact pertaining to the application of StewMac's very own water based finishes: you need to sand the sanding sealer before applying topcoat.

Very complete

By Mario Gabinho C+írdenas Vega from M+¬xico
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 24, 2011


This is a great book for starters. Covers every basic aspect in a very well explained way. I bought it over a year ago and I'm still learning from it. I have not read any other book on finishing, but i think this covers pretty much every thing for the needs i have in my shop.

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