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Dan Erlewine's Fretting Series

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Learn professional guitar repair! Complete instruction from fret basics like installation and dressing, through complex refrets and fretting for the production shop.

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Dan Erlewines Fretting Series
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5611 Fret Basics DVD Yes

5612 Advanced Fretting, Vol. 1 DVD Yes

5613 Advanced Fretting, Vol. 2 DVD Yes

5614 All 3 fretting DVDs Yes

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Fret Basics covers fret dressing and refretting with basic tools. Dan describes it this way: "With basic tools and simple skills, you can do excellent fretwork. This DVD shows you how."

Advanced Fretting will teach you how to do professional-level work on tricky fret jobs. This is practical training for everyone involved in guitar repair. Advanced tools are demonstrated in use on real jobs, so you can decide what you really need for the work you do.
Vol 1: Complete acoustic and electric refretting.
Vol 2: Additional advanced techniques for the professional.

Each DVD is 2 hours. Sold individually or SAVE when you buy all 3 DVDs!

These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.

Dan Erlewine's Fret Basics

"Watch this video before you invest in fret tools, and you'll know what to buy." — Dan

The focus of this video
Quality fret dressing and re-fretting with basic tools, on a budget, and in a "home-shop" situation.

Information covered
Controlling a hard-to-adjust neck
Simple straightedges and leveling tools
Tabletop neck-jigging
Fret removal
Measuring and fitting fretwire
The basics of leveling and dressing frets
Techniques for fretting bolt-on electrics and "set-neck" acoustics

Dan Erlewine's Advanced Fretting Vol. 1

"I pull out all the stops on this tape and share every trick I know. Some of these I've never shown anyone before. You'll feel as if you've spent several weekends in my shop working with me on some tough fretjobs!" — Dan

The focus of this video
Beyond the information covered in Fret Basics. Professional-level work on tricky fretjobs.

Information covered
Heat-straightening a warped neck
Compression fretting using a hammer and the fret press
Controlling a nonadjustable neck in the Neck Jig
Fretting a bound fingerboard
Very difficult truss rod fix
Vintage fret job considerations
Crowning and polishing frets
A low-fret job for Leon Rhodes

Bonus: See and hear Dan's hero Leon Rhodes play. Filmed in Nashville, this is a mini guitar lesson you shouldn't miss.

Dan Erlewine's Advanced Fretting Vol. 2

"I simply couldn't fit all the fretting tips and techniques - nor the variety of fret jobs - that I wanted to share in just one advanced fretting tape. Read the tape descriptions, and you'll see why. For example, would you miss 'Fender Sideways Fretting'? No way!" — Dan

The focus of this video
Additional advanced techniques for the professional.

Information covered
•  Refretting, leveling, crowning and polishing frets in the Neck Jig
•  Fretting for the production shop
•  Using an arbor press for fretting
•  The Fender "sideways" fretting
•  Tips from luthiers Michael Stevens, T.J. Thompson, Frank Ford and
Bryan Galloup

These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.

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5 4-24-2014
Fretting lessons

Fretting series covers most everything, enough to send you down the right path. Sense then I have learned additional techniques as you will with practice. This is a great place to start.

smilingdog1  st. louis MO. Read my reviews (6)
5 3-10-2014
Fret Basics DVD

The day I got the DVD I slipped it into the player and watched it, end to end, like a movie. I was well pleased with Dan's ability to explain what he was doing as he went. All too many times, when it comes to the "masters", they can "do" much more effectively than they can "teach". Not so with Dan. He knows what he is doing so well that he makes it look deceptively easy. Then, when he explains the process so well, it begins to seem that the concept IS easy and that is JUST enough to give me hope that I might be able to perform the steps he describes. One particular "hole" that he filled for me was the setup of the neck prior to leveling. That is.. getting it straight and in the right position before leveling the frets and I have never quite had a grip on how to do that. And, as the name implies "Fret Basics" all of his work is done with hand tools. Some are indeed specialty tools that must be purchased but others are things that one might already have on hand or can be adapted from an ordinary tool. Dan explains the use of each tool that he uses. I would say that, if one ever hopes to be able to perform their own fret leveling/crowning this DVD should be considered an essential place to start. Thank you Dan!

Bob Ruth  Deer Park, TX
5 2-08-2014
Fretting series

Great information, been at this a while, always looking for additional information and there was a lot of useful info here. Keep up the good work and thank you. :)

Tom Clement  Hale, Mi. USA Read my reviews (2)
5 8-29-2013
Fretting made easy

I am a visual learner so these DVD's are great for me. I got fret basics, and after watching the DVD I can honestly say that Dan has made the process of fretting an instrument simple. For the novice/DIYer, he show's you the tools he used when just starting out, everyday things found round the house and mentions a few specialty items that help make the job easier.

jered  munster, in Read my reviews (5)
5 8-11-2013
An apprenticeship on disc

After watching all of the DVDs (yeah, a few times) I'd say this is almost an apprenticeship on disc. The training is well paced and is easy to watch. Mr. Erlewine takes you through the different tasks as you might experience them, fixing problems that might pop up along the way. I really enjoyed the demonstration of tools and techniques you can use to get the job done.

Jim J. Donaldson  Findlay, Ohio Read my reviews (7)
1 7-24-2013
For use with Erlewine neck Jig ONLY!

If you have the Erlewine neck jig this is a decent video. If you don't its useless. I understand that stew Mac is a tool company and they have to market tools and that is why the trade secrets archive shows a lot of useful solutions using their tools and jigs. However for the price of this instructional video I would think that they would show us the core content, in this case re-fret, in a non commercial fashion. After watching the video a few times I took very little away because he use the ERLEWINE NECK JIG for everything. He also focuses on using the fret jaws as well. So in order for this video to be useful I would have to buy those tools. Luthiers re-fret without the neck jig and I wish that a video that I paid a lot of money for would showcase something other then the neck jig. If the video description said "for use with the neck jig" that would have saved me a lot of money. The FRET book from SM is better all around book and cheaper! More info too

Luke1236  Baltimore Read my reviews (7)
5 7-10-2013

These are the most comprehensive videos I have seen. If you can't refret after these instructions you should let someone else do it

Buddy  villa rica, georgia Read my reviews (12)
5 7-10-2013
valuable lessons

Dan shows you both ways - the professional one with cool expensive tools, and the nice cheap way with things you can find at home, and a little more patience. always teaching how to do a work with top quality.

Fábio Cardelli  Barueri, Brazil Read my reviews (5)
4 3-20-2013
Extremely informative

I think when most folks order instructional material, they are hoping to find the exact solution to their problem. I realize this is not very reasonable. I am a little disappointed that the whole thing is about guitars and only guitars. No mention made of flat fingerboards or narrow fretwire. Dan is a great teacher.

Fleer  Imperial, Mo. Read my reviews (29)
5 10-07-2012
Very informative!

As with any other video by Dan I have watched, nothing else can be as educational and useful for amateurs, such as myself, and probably professionals alike, except, of course, being an apprentice to Dan. Great video!

Kroeber  Japan Read my reviews (6)
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