Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

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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

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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Scads of info on guitar Finishing

(Customer's Reviews)

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


excellent resource

(Customer's Reviews)

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!


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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.

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