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Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

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By Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie
Published by Stewart-MacDonald. The definitive book for finishing guitars and fretted instruments.

Learn from the pros: materials, equipment and techniques, plus three dozen recipes for famous finishes. This book helps give you the confidence to finish new instruments, refinish old ones, and perform flawless touch-ups.

The expanded 2nd edition features color stain mixing charts, a color gallery of vintage finishes, and detailed recipes for recreating them with professional results. Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step focuses on nitrocellulose lacquer, the most common guitar finish, but also includes addditional information on varnishes, oils and French polishing. Dan Erlewine's color-illustrated essay guides you through the steps of modern waterbase finishing, too. 188 pages, softcover.

A partial list of contents:

Materials and tools
Abrasives • Solvents • Fillers • Colorants • Topcoats • Buffing materials and equipment

Techniques
The basics of spray equipment • Sanding • Buffing • Basic finishing steps

Recipes for popular finishes
Fender blond, sunbursts and solids • Gibson goldtop, cherry red and sunbursts • Basic Martin-style finish • Lots more!

Color gallery
Stain mixing color charts • Examples of vintage finishes • Waterbase finishing steps


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5.0

Products and steps for repairing and refinishing your guitar

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I start this book to find it very informative. It would be complemented with all the various products at hand.

5.0

A Great Book

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I am completely new to guitar finishing, although I have completed finishing projects on other small items. I found this book extremely helpful, very educating and straightforward to follow (even if the terminology was new to me. I would heartily recommend it.

4.0

Scads of info on guitar Finishing

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Good reference book to keep on the shop shelf for common recipes. Would love to see more colour examples throughout.

5.0

excellent resource

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Verified Buyer


I just finished reading this book from cover to cover and I've got to tell ya, there is a LOT of valuable information shared in this book! For myself, some of it was a little redundant. I would've liked more information on buffing technique. Outside of that, I think it's awesome!

5.0

Sharing the experience

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Very good. Lots of info on the different products used in finishing and the receipes for existing finishes are very instructive. A good investment.

4.0

Excellent for a beginner

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This book covers a lot of ground. I wish it would also cover polyurethane too

5.0

A Must Have for Any "First Timer"

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Just before Christmas my 13 yr old grandson emailed me and asked if I would help him finish the electric guitar he was building for his 8th grade class project. (I mess with different paint mediums and have some airbrush experience but have never finished or painted a guitar.) He wanted to put a Sunburst finish on it and use lacquer. So I started doing some homework and found Stewmac. I ordered this book as well as the color, lacquer, sealer and thinner. Today we finished Step 8 and it is beautiful. My grandson is really happy with the result. The book had EVERYTHING I needed to help him get the job done. Now we just have to shot it with clearcoats and polish. Easy peasy!!! Money well spent.

5.0

Great fundamentals

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I'm new to finishing, and really like the introduction to the foundations that this book illustrates. I especially like the explanations about the characteristics of the materials involved. Hats off to the authors of this great teaching text!

5.0

You must buy this book!

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Verified Buyer


I have a few wood finishing books. All of which are great but none better address the needs of guitar finishers better than this one. Included are recipies to recreate classic Fender, Gibson and Martin finishes! A must have for any shop.

5.0

Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

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Great book, The information is laid out in a logical, chronological, easy-to-follow format so that an intelligent non-luthier can be successful. I am refinishing a Gibson EB-L bass guitar that I was originally going to pay a pro to do. Not only will this save some money, but it should be a lot of fun as well.

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