Dan Erlewine's Maintenance & Setup for Electric Guitars and Basses

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Useful to pros repair shops as well as players. Dan demonstrates some techniques from his book "How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!" and beyond. Each DVD is 2 hours.
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Useful to pros repair shops as well as players. Dan demonstrates some techniques from his book "How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!" and beyond. Each DVD is 2 hours.
Save 30% OFF regular prices!
Sale ends Jan 30, 2015.

"Dan's books and videos allow you to see a master at work in his shop."
— Neil Harrell, Cincinnati, OH

Maintenance & Setup for Electric Guitars and Basses Vol. 1









"Learn from real-world jobs — guitars belonging to real customers. Every time I turned around, the exact job I needed waltzed in the door! This is for players as well as repair shops, and even experienced repair techs will find some gems in this DVD." — Dan

The focus of this DVD
See how we reclaimed a 1973 Gibson Les Paul® "fretless wonder" that came into the shop playing badly.

Information covered
  • Evaluating the guitar before setup
  • Dating a guitar by potentiometer code
  • Getting an unworkable truss rod working perfectly
  • Cleaning dirty potentiometers
  • Straightening a collapsed Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Cleaning, and replacing corroded bridge parts
  • Comparing and selecting replacement hardware
  • Slotting saddles to match the fretboard radius
  • "De-luxeing" Tune-O-Matic bridge saddles
  • Tone-Pros locking bridge system
  • Refurbishing the nut for low action and clean sound
  • Replacing humbucker mounting rings
  • Low-action setup
  • Setting pickup pole piece height
  • Setting intonation


Gretsch Brian Setzer 'Hot-Rod' setup:
  • Installing TV Jones replacement pickups
  • Protecting a new guitar while working on it
  • Fine-tuning a Bigsby vibrato


Setting up Jorma Kaukonen's Tele®:
  • Troubleshooting a pickup that won't work
  • Rewiring the toggle switch
  • Jorma's electric action setup for playing blues


Setting up Jack Casady's P-Basses®:
  • Repairing a shrunken pickguard (1963 P-Bass) and freeing up pickups that won't raise or lower
  • Conquering a hard-to-adjust P-bass truss rod
  • Repairing '53 Bakelite Telecaster P-Bass saddles
  • Setups for three of Jack's basses


BONUS: Dan and Jorma play "Dan's Place Blues"; Jack plays and describes the circuit design and tone of his Epiphone Signature model bass.

Maintenance & Setup for Electric Guitars and Basses Vol. 2








"This is not a recap of volume one - it features different guitars, basses, setups, tremolos, and neat modifications. This DVD should be important to players and experienced repair techs alike."—Dan

The focus of this DVD
Moving beyond what's covered in Volume 1, here are more maintenance and setup tips.

Information covered
  • Cleaning your electric guitar's finish
  • Correct ways to install strings
  • Fender "10-Step Strat®" Setup (complete vintage Strat tremolo setup and factory specs)
  • Cleaning, deburring, and lubricating a Strat bridge
  • Ibanez Jem "Steve Vai" setup (complete Floyd Rose tremolo setup and factory specs
  • Danelectro modifications. The new Danos are great - these mods and adjustments make them better! (Flattening a warped Dano bridge; making a "vintage" aluminum bridge with rosewood saddle from scratch; installing a center post support for the typically weak Dano bridge; replacing compressed lipstick-tube pickup supports)
  • G&L ASAT bass: another "hard-to-adjust" neck
  • Making and installing a full-sized neck pocket shim for a bolt-on neck guitar (G&L bass)
  • Replacing shrunken plastic tuner buttons
  • Fender 5-string bass setup (learn to clamp a back-bow into an up-bowed neck)

Also see:
Dan Erlewine's Maintenance & Setup for Steel-string Acoustic Guitars Vol. 1 and 2

These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.


Product Instructions

About Dan Erlewine's New Repair Videos

A brief introduction to Dan Erlewine and his new instructional repair videos.

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Setup for Electric Guitars and Basses

By string bender from Fleming Island,Fl
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 27, 2014


Good information for anyone who is interested in doing their own maintenance and setups .Goes well along with the book How to Make Your Guitar Play Great.

Training UGH!

By Leonard from Charlotte, NC 
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 07, 2014


More basic than I expected. It would have helped if the description had told the level of training it is giving. Showing a large number minutes of guitarist and how they want their guitar setup is a little much.

Worth buying the set.

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


As usual, Mr. Erlewine takes you through many different points at a good pace. Very easy to watch. I've only recently started working on my guitars. Now when friends pick them up always they comment about the great setup and ask where I had it done. It is fun to be able to say 'I did it myself':) I could not have done it with out the tools and training I've found at Stewart-Mac Donald.

Finally took the plunge

By Buddy from villa rica, georgia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Well I bought the DVD's and studied the books and finally got the nerve to try my own fret job. After buying the right tools, fret bender etc., I am the proud owner of a kit Tele with the frets I really like. If you take your time and do your homework Dan steers you in the right direction...couldn't be happier with the results

Great for novice or shop

By Scott McMillin from memphis, tn
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 16, 2012


I always like Dan's books. He is full of tips learned from his years of experience. Being able to see him put these techniques in action on a video is the best.

Dan - YOU DA MAN!!

By AJ from Brisbane Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Absolutely fantastic videos Dan! The most interesting elements were your workshop innovations,but more importantly your sheer wisdom makes my investment in you a no-brainer... Stew Mac, your service is UNBEATABLE!!!

Electric guitar and bass setup

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


This DVD set #1,2 is a great way to get some hands on time no matter if you are doing repair and setup as a hobby or want to learn more in depth techniques to make this your career of choice. like me:) great job Dan

Worth the cost

By Tim R from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 02, 2011


Dan Erlewine takes his years of knowledge and applies them to these DVD lessons.


I will definitely be buying more in the future.



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