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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General knowledge

By Giovanni from Milan Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 04, 2011



By Sam Booka from Montreal Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 28, 2011

Sometimes you think you have seen it all. There are some new (to me ) tips in here. Print quality could be better but, jaded old guy that I am, I still feel that the books are worth the $$$.

A must have book for luthiers

By Gilles deNeve from Lembang, West Java-Indonesia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 11, 2011

I've bought this two books in the year 2000, the same time I've started my guitar workshop at my home garage, now its been 11 years, really make my work done in best result all the time

general knowledge

By Raj Pereira from dubai, UAE
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 08, 2011

even if you don't repair or build guitars , this book is a must. Just to make sure no Lutheir takes you for a ride :)

Trade secrets

By M.Johnston from Alberta,Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Great books lots of little tidbits, from basic to more advanced techniques lots of good articles also. a great product!

Solid gold!

By MoorMusic from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 19, 2011

These books are filled up to the edge with clever ideas, good concepts and just TONS of things that you need to have somebody tell you. Simple little tricks that will save SO much blood, sweat and tears. But like real gold, you'll have to dig a bit, to find the great bits.

Tons of useful information

By Mike T. from North Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 10, 2011

These books are chocked full of useful info. True they are not put together like a text book. It's more of a scrap book of articles and ideas. There is a table of contents which list all the articles, as well as an alphabetical index in the back with page numbers. Bottom line, these are great to have around.


By Capu from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 30, 2010

Nice books

Worth the money but could use some revisions

By Blair from Vancouver, BC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 28, 2010

I found these books to be informative and the tips in the books will definitely save you money and give you valuable information. The only beef I have with the books is that are not well organized and there is some repitition. They are not layed out like a book (ie, table of contents, etc ) but more like a scrap book of all the Trade secret tips from years gone by. Again, worth the money but could be improved.

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