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Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing fretboard chips on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
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Issue 259 April 07, 2016
Fixing fretboard chips on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
The rosewood fretboard on this 1963 Telecaster has some nasty chips from old fret jobs. Dan Erlewine uses three methods to fix fretboard chips, including some serious surgery for the worst cases: grafting in new rosewood!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Yuck! Cleaning fret slot gunk from the Mike Bloomfield Tele
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Issue 257 March 10, 2016
Yuck! Cleaning fret slot gunk from the Mike Bloomfield Tele
There was a load of glue and grunge under these frets. With scrapers, wipers and heat from an alcohol lamp, it’s amazing how much gunk Dan Erlewine extracted from Mike Bloomfield’s old fretboard!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Removing the frets on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
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Issue 256 February 25, 2016
Removing the frets on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
The Mike Bloomfield Tele is back in Dan’s shop. It's in for a refret, and that means working very carefully on this historic guitar. As Dan pulls all the frets, does he manage to avoid chipping the old rosewood fingerboard?
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Regluing a Rickenbacker fretboard
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Issue 247 July 30, 2015
Regluing a Rickenbacker fretboard
Did you know you can tap the truss rods right out of a Rickenbacker neck? Erick Coleman shows how, and he removes the fingerboard from a troubled RIC guitar neck using a household iron!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Video: Tips for installing fretboard side dots
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Issue 237 February 26, 2015
Video: Tips for installing fretboard side dots
Typically classical necks don’t have side dots, but Dan Erlewine’s adding them to this guitar. He shows the fast easy method, and explains why he’s using a different technique this time. Dan also shares some neat do-it-yourself jigs.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Short video: Making a guitar neck more comfortable to play
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Issue 236 February 12, 2015
Short video: Making a guitar neck more comfortable to play
Making a beginner-friendly fingerboard: Dan Erlewine’s sister-in-law is learning to play, and her guitar has rough, sharp fret ends. The fingerboard edge is also too sharp, but Dan quickly makes this guitar more beginner-friendly.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Building upbow into the guitar neck
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Issue 226 September 25, 2014
Building upbow into the guitar neck
If you turn the truss rod and nothing happens, the trouble could have been built into the neck at the factory. The time to avoid it is when you glue on the fingerboard. Dan Erlewine shows how to fix this problem before it happens.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Flat-sanding a guitar fingerboard
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Issue 219 June 19, 2014
Flat-sanding a guitar fingerboard
Dan Erlewine has a quick tip for sanding anything truly flat. He demonstrates with a guitar neck and fingerboard that he's prepping for glue-up.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Coloring epoxy for guitar inlays
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Issue 217 May 22, 2014
Coloring epoxy for guitar inlays
A little bit of glue hides imperfections... Dan Erlewine personalizes a fretboard with the customer's name in pearl: "Hoss." There are small gaps around the inlays, and dan shows how to make those gaps disappear. Dan also shows a neat magnet trick for cutting thin slices off the end of a fretboard.

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