Product Instructions I-5160
Campfire Mandolin Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Campfire Mandolin Kit.
Product Instructions I-5148
Mandolin Kit
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Mandolin Kits, including a recommended tool and supplies list.
Product Instructions I-5347
Soprano Ukulele Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Soprano Ukulele Kit.
Product Instructions I-5399
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions
How to assemble and jig up a guitar.
Product Instructions I-5295
Dreadnought Guitar Kit
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Dreadnought Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.
Product Instructions I-5342
Fiddle Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Fiddle Kit, including a recommended tool list.
Product Instructions I-5348
Tenor Ukulele Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions and body template for the Tenor Ukulele Kit.
Product Instructions I-5297
Triple-O Guitar Kit
Downloadable assembly instructions for the 000 Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 129 December 23, 2010
Make custom labels for your guitars!
Dan Erlewine's making a forgery of an old Gibson label, using his brother as an accomplice (he's got a good excuse). While he's at it, he shows how you can make new custom labels for your own guitars.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 125 October 28, 2010
Rubber bands as clamps: super-useful, and cheap!
Erick Coleman has a simple tip that saved a lot of time at the recent Purdue Guitar Workshop: rubber binding bands make great clamps! They're for lots of things -- check out the examples in this issue.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 107 February 18, 2010
How to know a bridge will play in tune before gluing it on
Dan Erlewine finds an old bridge to fit a 1950s Gibson, but will the saddle slot be in the right place? He measures and calculates, but still wants to prove it's in tune before gluing. Here's how he did that.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 101 November 26, 2009
Final-shaping a D-18 or D-28 style guitar neck
Guitar maker Todd Sams directs the production of our StewMac guitar necks, and he uses the necks in his own custom Sams guitars. Todd shows how to spend twenty minutes final-shaping a neck to get it to look and feel exactly right.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 51 December 27, 2007
Banjo Killer? The scoop on forward X bracing for greater guitar volume.
Todd Sams gives a simple and clear explanation of how to position dreadnought braces for the sound and volume of an early-30s Martin.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 44 September 20, 2007
Go-bar decks: fast, flexible gluing
This week, Dan Erlewine asks Todd Sams to show how a go-bar deck in his home shop turned two hours of work into twenty minutes!
Product Instructions A-BANJOBUILDING
Banjo Building Instructions
Comprehensive, downloadable instructions for building an open-back banjo.
Product Instructions A-KITREVIEW
Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Kit
John Calkin's review of Stewart-MacDonald's acoustic guitar kit, as published in American Lutherie.
Product Instructions I-0308
Dulcimer Kit Instructions
Downloadable instructions for Dulcimer Kits.
Product Instructions I-6387
Gerstner Guitar Display Case Kit Instructions
Manufacturer's assembly instructions.