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Fret Work Step-By-Step

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By Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine
New tools, techniques, and color photos! The updated 2nd edition of the world's most popular fretting instruction manual.

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Updated 2nd edition: more tools, new techniques!
Published by Stewart-MacDonald. The most popular fretting instruction manual in the world, a best seller since fretmaster Dan Erlewine wrote it in 1994! Our new updated 2nd edition reflects lots of innovative tools and techniques that have come along since then. We reworked it from the ground up, with colorful photos and revised text that demonstrate clearly how to tackle all kinds of fret work. Simple jobs and tricky problems are shown and explained from start to finish. Learn the right way: gain the confidence to do your own fret work on new or old guitars, maple necks, bound necks—any instrument that comes in your door.

Chapters include:
Tools and supplies
Working with compound radius fretboards
Simple fret leveling and dressing
A basic fret job
A partial refret job
Fretting nonadjustable necks
Refretting a bound neck
Fretting Fender maple necks
Fretting Fender laminated fingerboards
Martin bar fretting
Fretting an unattached fingerboard
New technology: the Plek machine
Final setup

100 pages, softcover.

About the authors:
Erick Coleman: repairman, tech support guru and author. Erick answers every kind of lutherie question from Stewart-MacDonald's customers. His background includes years of traveling as a rock guitarist, which is when he started doing his own repairs. He learned from Dan Erlewine's videos, then in Dan's shop. Making a career of guitar repair, Erick is now a technical support expert for StewMac.

Dan Erlewine is a well-known guitar repair veteran and author of bestselling videos and books on repair. His DVD series on instrument repair includes a dozen volumes as of this writing.

Erick and Dan are regular contributors to our Trade Secrets E-mail Newsletter and to Stewart-MacDonald's product research and development.

The basic tools to get you started
Fret Work Step-By-Step is included FREE in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a set of the seven fundamental tools you'll need for accurate fret work.

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Fret Work Step-By-Step
Fret Work Step-By-Step
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5 3-01-2014
Basics +

There are so many details that have to be learned and discovered, and this book reveals many I would have had to learn the hard way, if at all. Great manual!

unluthier  NC Read my reviews (9)
5 3-01-2014
Great book for a beginner

This book seems to cover everything a beginner may need, and gives a good understanding of fretting concepts

bzarembareal  Canada Read my reviews (3)
5 2-09-2014
Fret Work Step-By-Step

excellent purchase. I liked your products.

Horacio Carvalho  Brazil Read my reviews (3)
5 1-04-2014
Fret work step by step

incredible amount of information, as a total novice it provides full understanding that allows for someone new to follow the instructions and examples, comprehensive and well written

michaelht1  Northwest Montana
5 1-04-2014
Don't Fret

I owned the first edition. Gave it to a friend. Now I own the new one. It's a must for beginners and a great reference for any level guitar geek.

Hosner Guitars  Science Hill, KY Read my reviews (9)
5 12-26-2013
good stuff

good book lots of info fit my needs to a tee

guitarcliffy  Elmira Oregon
3 10-15-2013

Great book, introductory, but still leaves you with some questions, beginner, should to add some more.

Carlos GirĂ³n  Ny Read my reviews (28)
4 6-27-2013
info overload...

Lots of info for fret work... Some good tips as well... some very extreme examples of a few jobs.. Not every tech will encounter some of these but good to have a reference..

T Jones  Chester, MT Read my reviews (39)
5 10-10-2012
an excellent book for the novice & experienced repairman

a lot of good info in this book. very helpful for doing high quality fret work

larry riedell  grafton, wisconsin Read my reviews (10)
5 10-03-2012

RETRACTION REASON: NOT A REVIEW I would like to have in german. Is it possible to get it translated?
Thank you for the best shop for guitarbuilder!

micheloderso  Bischweier, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
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