Fret Work Step-By-Step

Fret Work Step-By-Step

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Fret Work Step-By-Step

About This Item

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.

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 in our Essential Fretting Tool Set.

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3.0

No depth

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Verified Buyer


This is a super novice book. It is exactly what the title says, a step by step book. all of these steps can be found on YouTube with more depth for free.

5.0

Don't fret

By

Verified Buyer


A must have book for anyone that works on guitars.

2.0

Not what I expected

By

Verified Buyer


I was looking for detailed information in this step by step book on Fret Work. Many of the steps are there but most of the details about the work are not. This is in sharp contrast to Dan E's fine books like the "Guitar Player Repair Guide". Dan gives you tables, number and specs that are specific. This book is more general in nature and simply short of details. It is also thin and the price does not reflect that. To me this is way overpriced and the other book I mention is a good value for the money.

If you looking for a book that gives you all the info you need to do fret work I would look elsewhere...

Response from StewMac


Hi David,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear our Fret Work Step-By-Step book didn't meet your expectations. If you are not satisfied with the book, you may return it for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Another fantastic how-to book from StewMac!

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Verified Buyer


Fret Work Step-By-Step is an excellent how-to book on fret work from start to finish. This book is so detailed and clear with great pictures accompanying the text that it will inspire confidence. After thoroughly reading this book I feel as though I can do a basic fret job without too much difficulty. This book and a few necessary tools, and you'll be all set to tackle fret work.

2.0

fret work

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Verified Buyer


It's more of an ad for Stew Mac tools than a real good book for dealing with problems, which is what I had hoped for. Also it did not cover anything about mandolins which is what i had also hoped for.never touched buzzes, two frets playing same note, nut problems, bridge adjustment etc.

4.0

nice photography

By

Verified Buyer


I thought it would be bigger but It does cover every scenario I have heard of.
I like the "case study " approach

5.0

Well done

By

Verified Buyer


I am refretting a Avilla Pro 1 12string that is 33 yrs old. With the guidance in this book, and the tools and supplies from Stew-Mac this has been a most enjoyable project. Shipping was fast, and the information in this book is priceless. I would not have tried to do this job without the information in this book. Thanks guys, couldn't do it without you.

5.0

Good book for the shop to learn from.

By

Verified Buyer


It’s a good book to have as your learning how to fret. Good book from Dan.

5.0

A great,... the only great, fretting book.

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This book is a valuable resource for those not versed in fretting, be it a simple fret job on a new instrument or a more complicated repair on a vintage instrument. This book covers it all.

Fret work is difficult to get perfect and if it isn't at least good, then the entire instrument will not be played. More importantly, it will never be bought.

To hold the view that the gamut of fret work can be deduced into a 3 page pamphlet is simply laughable.

1.0

No!!!

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Verified Buyer


Don't waste your money. The valuable info contained herein could be stated in a three page pamphlet. The remainder of the book is about selling you more useless tools!

Response from StewMac


We are truly sorry if you feel this way about this book. We believe this to have an incredible amount of information about doing fret work. If you are not pleased with your purchase, please let us know and we can offer you a refund for this book. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and would be happy to help in any way that we can.

-Spencer, Customer Support

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