|Trade Secrets!Issue 214 April 10, 2014|
Banjo setup tips
How do you set the tension on a banjo head? If you're more familiar with guitars than banjos, Dan Erlewine has a few quick tips for you.
|Product Instructions I-3910|
Basic Set-up Instructions
Erick Coleman walks you through basic set-up instructions to have your guitar playing great in no time.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 164 May 10, 2012|
Does this bone nut fit my guitar?
Erick Coleman answers a question that's come up a lot lately: how to find the right size replacement nut. He introduces a new Sizing Sheet that makes measuring easy for anybody.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 184 February 14, 2013|
Do-it-yourself banjo bridge lifter
Dave Collins at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows an easy-to-make tool for swapping banjo bridges.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 132 February 03, 2011|
Fine tuning a bolt-on replacement neck
Erick Coleman pulls his old Strat out of mothballs and gives it a new neck. He shows what's needed to get a replacement neck ready to play.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 197 August 15, 2013|
Fix a broken nut with baking soda?
"Can a broken nut can be fixed with baking soda and super glue?" Lou, a singer here in Athens, Ohio, brought this question to Dan Erlewine (along with the broken nut on his Yamaha guitar). As it turns out, the answer is yes and no...
|Trade Secrets!Issue 221 July 17, 2014|
Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
A P-Bass with fret buzz: Dan Erlewine fixes his brother’s bass, and answers the question, “To get rid of this fret buzz, should I adjust the saddles or the truss rod?”
|Product Instructions A-FAMOUSSETUPS|
How the stars set up their guitars
An excerpt from Dan Erlewine's "How To Make You Electric Guitar Play Great", including celebrity setups from Jeff Beck to Jim Weider.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 178 November 22, 2012|
How to fit a preshaped nut on a guitar
Tips for fitting a shaped and slotted nut.
Dan Erlewine tries a preshaped nut in his own Fender Strat: it's so easy "it's almost like cheating!"
|Trade Secrets!Issue 208 January 16, 2014|
Lindy Fralin on how to set pickup height
Lindy Fralin, of Lindy Fralin Pickups, shows how he sets pickup heights. Lindy shows it's not about measuring, it's about listening.
Recorded at last summer's Northwoods Seminar in Michigan.
|Product Instructions I-0670|
String Action Gauge
How to determine string action with the String Action Gauge.
|Product Instructions I-0673|
String Spacing Rule Instructions
The String Spacing Rule locates string positions so that heavier strings get the wider spacing they need.
|Product Instructions I-5253|
Top Deflection Gauge Instructions
How to use the Top Deflection Gauge for neck resetting and saddle routing, banjo head tensioning, and assessing and adjusting neck relief.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 111 April 15, 2010|
Two 1917 Gibson L-1 archtop guitars: each with too-high action
Dan Erlewine got a blast from the past in his shop recently, and before the dust settled he got another one! He's working on two Gibson L-1 archtops from 1917, and they both have the same trouble: too-tall bridges and too-high action.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 28 May 03, 2007|
Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins
Erick Coleman uses Kevin Ryan's proportional string spacing rule for more jobs than Kevin ever expected: 12-strings, mandolins, bridge saddles... Plus: an explanation of the difference between equal spacing and proportional spacing.