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A shrinking pickguard cracks the guitar top! Trade Secrets! Issue 177 November 08, 2012
A shrinking pickguard cracks the guitar top!
In Dan Erlewine's shop: This Martin D-35 has a cracked top due to the pull of a shrinking plastic pickguard. Dan fixes the problem and shows how to keep this happening from happening again.
Cutting Custom Pickguards with the Pickguard Bevel Cutter Product Instructions I-5243
Cutting Custom Pickguards with the Pickguard Bevel Cutter
How to cut and bevel custom pickguards with the Pickguard Bevel Cutter.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to make a custom wood pickguard
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Trade Secrets! Issue 265 June 30, 2016
How to make a custom wood pickguard
Dan Erlewine made a black walnut guitar for Jerry Garcia in 1970. Recently a Grateful Dead fan asked Dan to make a replica of that guitar. In this Trade Secret, Dan shows how he made the pickguard out of laminated wood veneers.
Making a custom fire stripe pickguard to fit a baby guitar! Trade Secrets! Issue 88 May 28, 2009
Making a custom fire stripe pickguard to fit a baby guitar!
Dan Erlewine's in his guitar shop (or is it a toy shop today?) making a custom "fire stripe" pickguard just like the one on his 1939 Gibson J-35. He shows how to make a custom pickguard in any color variation you like.
Making a pearloid pickguard with a 1950s vibe Trade Secrets! Issue 37 July 05, 2007
Making a pearloid pickguard with a 1950s vibe
Dan Erlewine's got an unusual 1951 guitar: a National with a Gibson body. The old pickguard came off in an earlier Trade Secrets, and now the new one goes on: it's an oddball pearloid guard that's worth checking out!
New pickups and new sound, with Golden Age Prewired Pickguards Trade Secrets! Issue 87 May 14, 2009
New pickups and new sound, with Golden Age Prewired Pickguards
Erick Coleman responds to a tech call emergency: "This guitar sounds bad, and I'm supposed to record with it tomorrow night!"
Recreating a lost part from from 1917 Trade Secrets! Issue 120 August 19, 2010
Recreating a lost part from from 1917
Dan Erlewine is missing one last part needed on a 1917 archtop Gibson. It's a long gone, irreplaceable pickguard support that he recreates from found material in his shop. A useful tip for fabricating modern plastic parts, too!
Removing a pickguard: easy way and hard way Trade Secrets! Issue 29 May 10, 2007
Removing a pickguard: easy way and hard way
This week, Dan Erlewine's got two pickguard removals in his shop. The Martin D-18's pickguard has cracked it's top, and Dan shows how a pickguard's supposed to come off. The "Gibsonational" is another story: this pickguard is nothing but trouble!
Replacing a shrunken pickguard Trade Secrets! Issue 144 July 21, 2011
Replacing a shrunken pickguard
Dan Erlewine shrinking pickguard martin D-35 adhesive micro-mesh
Self-Adhesive Clear Mylar Plastic Product Instructions I-3419
Self-Adhesive Clear Mylar Plastic
Wet and dry techniques for installing Self-Adhesive Clear Plastic Mylar.
Straightening the neck on a 1914 Gibson mandolin Trade Secrets! Issue 9 December 21, 2006
Straightening the neck on a 1914 Gibson mandolin
This week, Dan Erlewine and Erick Coleman revive a beautiful old Gibson F2 mandolin that's become warped after nearly 100 hot summers stored in the attic.