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We're excited to bring you these new video demos of StewMac tools, including tips from Dan Erlewine. Check back for newly-added videos!
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Hipshot Tremsetter

Online video available
Tremsetter Installation
How to install the Tremsetter

Safe Slot Nut Guard

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Safe Slot Guitar Nut Guard
Stop your string slot file before it cuts too deep and the nut is ruined! StewMac's Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie, the inventor of the tool, show how it works.

Depth-stop Drill Bits

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Depth Stop Drill Bits
Use this 7-piece drill set to avoid catastrophes when you install guitar tuners, pickguards, string trees, truss rod covers, pickup rings, and more.

Swivel Handle Clamp

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Swivel Handle Clamps for guitar repair and building
Get better control over your clamping pressure with a right-angle handle. It's easier to make ever-so-slight adjustments, or really crank it down!

DAddario Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner

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D'Addario: Introducing the NS Micro Tuner
At a stealthy 1.25 inches, it's the best performance they'll never see.

The Transitional Arm Bevel

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Preview: The Transitional Arm Bevel
Kent Everett shows how he does the transitional arm bevel on his guitars.

Batt-O-Meter

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Batt-O-Meter Video
Watch a video demonstration of the Batt-O-Meter in action.

Chip Stoppers

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Chip Stoppers
Pull frets without chipping the fingerboard.

Scraper Burnisher

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Scraper Burnisher Video
Video instructions for using the scraper burnisher.

Premium Wiring Kit for Gibson SG

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Premium guitar wiring for Gibson Les Paul
Upgrade the pots, caps and hookup wires in your guitar with this kit: these parts look right and sound great. This kit includes the components we choose for our own guitars.

Knob Puller

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Guitar Knob Puller vs. Knob/Bushing Puller
Erick Coleman compares a simple knob puller and the Schatten Knob and Bushing Puller, which does multiple jobs in a guitar repair shop.

FretBender

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FretBender demo: putting the curve in guitar frets
Dan Erlewine demos the StewMac FretBender. This great idea came from luthier Randy Stockwell in the 1980s, and now it's a must-have tool in guitar shops everywhere.

Vibramate V5 Adapter for Bigsby B5

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Vibramate Bigsby vibrato mount: no drilling!
Install a Bigsby without modifying your guitar. Erick Coleman shows the Vibramate V5 adapter: no drilling, and in just a couple of minutes his guitar's Bigsby-fied!

StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

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StewMac Guitar Buffer: buffing tips
Dan Erlewine with some tips for using our guitar buffer to get a high gloss guitar finish.

L.R. Baggs FIVE.O Ukulele Pickup System

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L.R. Baggs FIVE.O Ukulele Pickup Performance
Brittni Paiva says "The FIVE.O pickup is the best pickup I’ve ever heard in an ukulele." Here she performs "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

L.R. Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone

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Ricky Skaggs - Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone
"Moving around all over the stage, my sound doesn't change and I don't have to depend on standing in front of a mic. This Lyric is the best I've found so far."

EMG ACB Banjo Pickup

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EMG ACB Banjo Pickup System featuring Tim Weed
Tim Weed stops by EMG Studios to discuss the new ACB Banjo Pickup System.

String Spreaders

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String Spreader Demo
David Lynch introduces his new tool at NAMM.

Gerstner Tool Chest Kit

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Gerstner Tool Chest
Dan Erlewine shows off the Gerstner chests he's built, a fun project!

Guitar Screw Rescue Kit

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit
Remove broken screws! Dan Erlewine shows you how to fix this common problem with this StewMac tool set.

Black Ice

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Black Ice
Guitar demo using the Black Ice.

MAG-ic Probe Electronic Thickness Gauge

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MAG-ic Probe Electronic Thickness Gauge
Tool Demo

Railhammer Anvil Pickup

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Railhammer Anvil Pickup
"Clean & Dirty" demo

Vibramate V5 Adapter for Bigsby B5

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Vibramate V5 and Bigbsy B5 Installation
Install a Bigsby Vibrato on your guitar in minutes without drilling any holes using the Vibramate V5 Mounting Kit.

Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickups
"Clean" Demo

Railhammer Chisel Pickup with Chrome Cover

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Railhammer Chisel Pickups
"Clean" Demo

Railhammer Chisel Pickup

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Railhammer Chisel Pickups
"Dirty" Demo

Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickup

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Pickups
"Dirty" demo

Schroeder Locking Studs

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Schroeder Locking Studs
From Jason Schroeder

Rock Lock

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Gundy Kellor discusses the Rock Lock
Roland / BOSS Demonstration Artist Gundy Kellor discusses the Rock Lock at NAMM.

StewMac Ultimate Scraper

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StewMac Ultimate Scraper
Al Carruth shows how to use and sharpen the Ultimate Scraper.

Vintage-style Tuner Knobs

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Installing tuner knobs
Dan Erlewine replaces rotted old tuner knobs, and shows a neat trick with a drill press!

Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers
3 sizes to make any fretboard absolutely level.

Behlen Behkol Solvent

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Behlen Behkol Solvent
Every guitar shop needs Behkol on hand.

A Master Class In Acoustic Guitar Making

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A Master Class in Acoustic Guitar Making
A video preview of Chris Wynne's 10 DVD master class.

The Responsive Guitar

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The Responsive Guitar
Ervin Somogyi discusses acoustic guitar theory, design and construction.

Guitar Shop Starter Kit

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Guitar Shop Starter Kit
Set up your own guitar repair shop -- and get a great head start with this kit.

Making a Concert Classical Guitar

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Making a Concert Classical Guitar
A video preview of John Bogdanovich's 10 DVD set.

Scraper Blades

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Scraper Blades
Steel scrapers leave an ultra-smooth surface. Here's how to use them in your shop...

Guitar Nutdrivers

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Guitar Nutdrivers
Guitar Nutdrivers are great for control pots, output jacks and tuner bushings.

Behlen Naphtha Solvent

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Behlen Naptha Solvent
Naphtha cleans, degreases and raises wood grain for sanding before finishing.

Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set

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Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set
StewMac's own: this kit replaces a drawer full of tools!

Rock-n-Roller Neck Rest

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Rock-n-Roller Neck Rest
Good. Simple. Solid. Support.

Mitchell Abrasive Cord

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Mitchell abrasive cord
Guitar floss: flexible sanding cord has a lot of uses.

OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier

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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier
Dan Erlewine demos his most used tool: the OptiVISOR.

Titebond Wood Glue

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Franklin Titebond Glue
Versatile and popular, Titebond is our customers' go-to glue.

Nut and Saddle Vise

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Nut and Saddle Vise
A StewMac exclusive. You'll appreciate the specially-shaped jaws.

Gripper Truss Rod Wrenches

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Gripper Truss Rod Wrenches
Dan Erlewine demos the tapered Gripper truss rod wrenches.

Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender

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Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender
Erick Coleman shows how to really use a routing template.

Behlen Ground Hide Glue

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Behlen Ground Hide Glue
Dan Erlewine shows how to mix up a batch of his favorite glue.

ESP Multi Spanner

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ESP Multi Spanner
The thin steel Multi Spanner tightens-up jacks, tuners and control pots.

Guitar Repair Magnet Kit

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Guitar Repair Magnet Kit
Dan Erlewine uses magnets in his guitar repairs. He's got LOTS of ways to use them...

Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig

Online video available
Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig
Dan Erlewine gets a perfect fit on a Washburn archtop.

Jack The Gripper

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Jack The Gripper
Jack The Gripper holds the jack steady while you tighten the nut. This keeps the jack from turning and damaging the solder joints inside.

Gauged Nut Slotting Files

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Gauged Nut Slotting Files
It just makes sense to cut the string slots to match the string gauges! With this set of gauged files, your work is fast and accurate too.

Snapfile Leveling System

Online video available
Snap files for leveling and beveling guitar frets
Erick Coleman demos the Snapfile System: a 4-in-1 combination of our best leveling and beveling files.

Jaws

Online video available
Installing guitar frets with the Jaws press
Faster, better fretting with Jaws -- the original handheld fret press.

MacRostie Binding Trimmer

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MacRostie Binding Trimmer
Make any size bindings of wood or plastic. Here, Dan Erlewine replicates the bindings on a 1929 Gibson L-5.

Deadblow Fretting Hammer

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Deadblow Fretting Hammer
Erick Coleman shows how the shot-filled deadblow head is ideal for fretwork. The way this hammer transfers energy to the fret makes fretwork faster.

Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool
You can't have a well seated fret without a well cleaned fret slot. The fret slot cleaning tool removes the gunk and glue and that means better fret jobs.

Fret Slot Depth Gauge

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Fret Slot Depth Gauge
Before you try to put frets in, make sure the slots are deep enough!

Fret Cutter

Online video available
Fret Cutter for trimming fret ends
After installing new frets, the flush-cut jaws of a fret cutter trim the fret ends.

Fretting Hammer

Online video available
Dual-face Fret Hammer
Erick Coleman demos the fretting hammer, and explains what the plastic/brass heads are all about.

Understring Radius Gauges

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Radius gauges for guitar work
Dan Erlewine demos the three kinds of radius gauges for setup and fretwork.

Radius Gauges

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Radius gauges for guitar work
Dan Erlewine demos the three kinds of radius gauges for setup and fretwork.

Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File
Dan Erlewine shows how to use this small file for shaping fret ends.

Aluminum Radius-sanding Beam

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Radius-sanding Beam
Erick Coleman using a Radius Beam on a fret job for leveling the board, then the frets.

Luthiers Digital Caliper

Online video available
Digital caliper for guitar repairs and fret work
Dan Erlewine demos the digital caliper for measuring frets, parts and all kinds of dimensions for repair work.

Fret Beveling File

Online video available
Guitar fret beveling file
Erick Coleman shows how to quickly put a uniform 35-degree bevel on all the fret ends.

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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Three-corner Fret Dressing Files
Erick Coleman demos these three versatile fret files.

Tune-o-Medic Bridge and Tailpiece Tools

Online video available
Tune-o-matic bridge repair tools
Erick Coleman demos the Tune-o-Medic tool kit for adjusting and fixing these Gibson-style bridges.

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

Online video available
Parsons Street Humbuckers: pickups with real P.A.F. specs
These pickups are true to Gibson's original 1950s P.A.F. pickup specs. Great sound at a low price!

BridgeSaver

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BridgeSaver guitar bridge repair tool
Dan Erlewine demos the BridgeSaver tool for repairing damaged bridge pin holes on acoustic guitars.

Tortoloid Pickguard Material

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Tortoloid pickguard material
Dan Erlewine demos Tortoloid. Like natural tortoiseshell, every piece of Tortoloid is unique.

Foam Polishing Pads

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Foam polishing pad for guitar finishing
Dan Erlewine shows how he uses foam pads for a finish repair.

ColorTone Shellac

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Shellac for French-polishing a guitar finish
Dan Erlewine shows that shellac is great for finish repairs and for creating a French polish finish: a good gloss without spraying.

Fret Arbor Press System

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Fret press: arbor press for guitar fretting
Dan Erlewine demos our arbor press, which is specially adapted for fretting stringed instruments.

Spray Gun Cleaning Kit

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Spray Gun Cleaning Kit
Dan Erlewine's getting a kick out of this little cleaning kit.

Freehand Holder

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Freehand Holder for guitar finishing
Erick Coleman demos the Freehand Holder for spraying bodies and necks.

ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil

Online video available
Fretboard Finishing Oil
Dan Erlewine applies a protective finish on the fretboard of a 1953 Gibson J50.

Micro-Mesh Finishing Abrasives Kit

Online video available
Micro-Mesh guitar finishing paper
Dan Erlewine uses Micro-Mesh to get rid of finish scratches, without using a buffer.

Airbrush Outfit

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Airbrush for guitar finishing
Dan Erlewine uses this easy, inexpensive airbrush for guitar finish touchups and and small spray jobs.

Fret Barber

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Fret Barber guitar fret tang resizer
Dan Erlewine demos the Fret Barber: a tool that will "take a little off the sides" of fretwire, making it fit fret slots that would otherwise be too tight.

Notched Straightedge

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Notched straightedge for guitar or bass
Dan Erlewine demos the notched straightedge from StewMac. This tool lets you check a guitar or bass neck for straightness, with or without the frets in place.

Micro Finishing Papers

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Micro finishing papers for instrument finishing
Dan Erlewine on using micro-grit finishing papers as the last step before buffing an instrument finish. In this case, he's finishing up a spot repair on a poly-finished guitar body.

3M Flexible Polishing Papers

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Flexible polishing papers for instrument work
Dan Erlewine on using cloth-like polishing abrasives for guitar repair. They're a micro-grit "finishing fabric" that conforms to any shape, wet or dry.

Thompson Belly Reducer

Online video available
T.J. Thompson explains the inspiration behind the Thompson Belly Reducer
Save the bridge plate and save the value of your vintage guitar! T.J. explains the inspiration behind the Thompson Belly Reducer and more in his interview with Dan Erlewine at the 2010 NAMM Show.

Waverly A-style Mandolin Tuners with Ebony Knobs

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Danny Roberts (The Grascals): Loar mandolin with Waverly tuners
Danny Roberts with his 1922 Lloyd Loar mandolin that once belonged to his good friend, the late Charlie Derrington. Danny visited Stewart-MacDonald, and talked about the Waverly tuning machines on his Loar.

Nut Slotting Gauge

Online video available
Nut Slotting Gauge
Dan Erlewine uses the Nut Slotting Gauge: the most accurate measure of nut slot depth.

Schatten Pickup Winder

Online video available
Schatten Pickup Winder
Erick Coleman demos the Schatten Pickup Winder, repairing a vintage Fender single-coil.

Scissor Jack

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Scissor Jack
Dan Erlewine demos the Scissor Jack, to simplify tricky repairs inside acoustic guitar bodies.

Precision Router Base

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Precision Router Base
Dan Erlewine demonstrates our Precision Router Base, for inlays and other routing on guitars and all stringed instruments.

Essential Fretting Kit

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Essential Fretting Tool Kit
Dan Erlewine shows what's in the kit and what each tool is for.

Refret Saw

Online video available
Refret Saws
Dan Erlewine demos his gap-toothed saw for cleaning and modifying guitar fret slots.

Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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Truss Rod Rescue Kit
Dan Erlewine shows two truss rod troubles that are solved with the Truss Rod Rescue kit.

String Action Gauge

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String Action Gauge
Dan Erlewine uses this gauge for checking string height, measuring saddle and pickup heights and more.

Basic Setup Kit

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Basic Setup Kit
Dan Erlewine shows what's in the kit and what each tool is for.

Essential Nut Making Tool Kit

Online video available
Essential Nut Making Tool Kit
Dan Erlewine shows what's in the kit and what each tool is for.

TrueChannel Binding Router Jig

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TrueChannel Binding Routing Jig
Erick Coleman shows the TrueChannel jig in use, routing the binding channel on an acoustic guitar.

Erlewine ShopStand

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Erlewine Shopstand
Dan Erlewine shows how his ShopStand replaces a workbench for guitar repair, buffing, and all instrument work.

Mini Cam Clamp

Online video available
Mini Cam Clamp
A lighter, smaller cam clamp for guitar building and repair.

Fret Rocker

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FretRocker
Dan Erlewine troubleshoots fret problems with the tiny straightedges that became the Fret Rocker.

String Spacing Rule

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String Spacing Rule
Dan Erlewine shows how to use the String Spacing Rule to quickly locate the strings on a guitar nut. He also explains the problem with using equal spacing.

Guitar Repair Vise

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Guitar Repair Vise
Dan Erlewine shows how we've customized our Guitar Repair Vise for instrument work.


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