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Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Do-it-yourself banjo bridge lifter
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Trade Secrets! Issue 184 February 14, 2013
Do-it-yourself banjo bridge lifter
Dave Collins at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows an easy-to-make tool for swapping banjo bridges.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install a skin banjo head
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Trade Secrets! Issue 286 June 01, 2017
How to install a skin banjo head
How to install a skin banjo head: Dan Erlewine shows his friend Lauren how to remove and replace a natural skin head on this old banjo-uke, or banjolele.
Single Rim Rod Set for Banjo Product Instructions I-0271
Single Rim Rod Set for Banjo
Installation and adjustment instructions for a Single Rim Rod Set for Banjo.
Dual Rim Rod Set for Banjo Product Instructions I-0280
Dual Rim Rod Set for Banjo
Installation and adjustment instructions for a Dual Rim Rod Set for Banjo.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Banjo setup tips
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Trade Secrets! Issue 214 April 10, 2014
Banjo setup tips
How do you set the tension on a banjo head? If you're more familiar with guitars than banjos, Dan Erlewine has a few quick tips for you.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, The HeatStick: remove glued necks with no damaging steam
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The HeatStick: remove glued necks with no damaging steam
The traditional way to release a glued neck joint is by piping steam from boiling water into the joint. That much water damages delicate finishes, and can loosen braces and neck blocks. That's why we've developed the HeatStick.
Schatten Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions Product Instructions I-3919
Schatten Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions
Installation and general operation.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, EMG ACB Banjo Pickup System featuring Tim Weed
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EMG ACB Banjo Pickup System featuring Tim Weed
Tim Weed stops by EMG Studios to discuss the new ACB Banjo Pickup System.
How to install a skin banjo head Product Instructions I-0522
How to install a skin banjo head
Dan Levenson explains how to install an unmounted, skin banjo head.
Banjo Building Instructions Product Instructions A-BANJOBUILDING
Banjo Building Instructions
Comprehensive, downloadable instructions for building an open-back banjo.
Five-Star Banjo Pickup Product Instructions I-3250
Five-Star Banjo Pickup
Installation instructions for the Five-Star Banjo Pickup.
Stewart-MacDonald Super Glues Product Instructions I-5180
Stewart-MacDonald Super Glues
An explanation of the characteristics and applications of different instant adhesives.
Banjo 5th Peg Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-1691
Banjo 5th Peg Drill Jig Instructions
How to locate and drill a 5th peg mounting hole for banjo.
EMG ACB Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions Product Instructions I-3547
EMG ACB Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions
Installation and general operation.
Installing an old-time banjo dowel stick Trade Secrets! Issue 12 January 11, 2007
Installing an old-time banjo dowel stick
This week, Don MacRostie invents a new technique for an old technology: he shows how to accurately install a banjo dowel stick. Also, Bart Reiter sends a dowel-stick tip.
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg Trade Secrets! Issue 53 January 24, 2008
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg
Todd Sams shows how he sets up a banjo 5th string using railroad spikes, a block of wood, and a camless clamp.
Banjo Killer? The scoop on forward X bracing for greater guitar volume. Trade Secrets! Issue 51 December 27, 2007
Banjo Killer? The scoop on forward X bracing for greater guitar volume.
Todd Sams gives a simple and clear explanation of how to position dreadnought braces for the sound and volume of an early-30s Martin.
Bridge collapse! Carving an archtop guitar bridge in a hurry! Trade Secrets! Issue 158 February 16, 2012
Bridge collapse! Carving an archtop guitar bridge in a hurry!
Erick Coleman got a text message on his cell: his customer's archtop bridge broke the night before a recording session. Can he replace it overnight? Here's how he carved a new one in a jiffy!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig
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Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig
Dan Erlewine gets a perfect fit on a Washburn archtop.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, BridgeSaver guitar bridge repair tool
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BridgeSaver guitar bridge repair tool
Dan Erlewine demos the BridgeSaver tool for repairing damaged bridge pin holes on acoustic guitars.
Martin Guitar Bridge Shaping Gauge Product Instructions A-BRIDGESHAPINGGAUGE
Martin Guitar Bridge Shaping Gauge
Build a shaping gauge to fit the contours of a Martin Bridge.
Bridge fitting for archtops Product Instructions I-5046
Bridge fitting for archtops
How to fit, sand, and install bridges on archtop guitars and mandolins.
Bridge Pin Hole Slotting Product Instructions I-5803
Bridge Pin Hole Slotting
How to cut and file bridge pin hole slots.
Fitting an archtop bridge, easily and accurately Trade Secrets! Issue 19 March 01, 2007
Fitting an archtop bridge, easily and accurately
Did you ever try to fit a bridge to an archtop guitar or mandolin? (Or a violin?) This week Dan Erlewine shows how it's done with sandpaper and a bridge-fitting jig.
Fixing a loose bridge on a yard sale special Trade Secrets! Issue 171 August 16, 2012
Fixing a loose bridge on a yard sale special
Dan Erlewine fixes a 1980s Harmony guitar with a bridge that's falling off. To see how fast he can do this repair, Dan decided to play Beat The Clock!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Chopping the ends off bridge pins
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Trade Secrets! Issue 218 June 05, 2014
Chopping the ends off bridge pins
If you're not careful, installing new strings can create a problem that throws you out of tune or damages your bridge pin holes. Elliot John-Conry of EJC Guitars shows us an easy fix.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, My friend Carl's bridge gluing tips
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Trade Secrets! Issue 234 January 15, 2015
My friend Carl's bridge gluing tips
From Dan Erlewine: “My friend Sui Keung Ho aka Carl, was visiting from Hong Kong, and spent a couple days in my shop. I was making this Trade Secret about gluing a bridge, and Carl chipped in with an additional tip. Thanks, Carl!”
Making a perfect bridge with the Sanding Station Trade Secrets! Issue 24 April 05, 2007
Making a perfect bridge with the Sanding Station
Dan Erlewine's getting fancy with his Sanding Station: with his shop-made jig, he's making better bridges than he ever has before.
The fake through-saddle bridge: stronger than vintage Trade Secrets! Issue 26 April 19, 2007
The fake through-saddle bridge: stronger than vintage
Dan shows us a Martin D-18 with a nasty looking broken bridge, and explains his technique for making a replacement that looks vintage but is stronger than the original.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Setting the string spacing at the bridge
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Trade Secrets! Issue 248 August 27, 2015
Setting the string spacing at the bridge
The string spacing on this old Gibson is uneven. Dan Erlewine shows how he made the E-to-E string spacing wider, then located the other four strings with proportional spacing, not equal spacing.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to finish an acoustic guitar bridge
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Trade Secrets! Issue 251 October 22, 2015
How to finish an acoustic guitar bridge
A small finishing job like this is easy. After the bridge popped off this classical guitar, Dan Erlewine replaced it with a new one. In this short video, he shows how simple it was to put a finish on the new bridge before gluing it on.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Gluing a 1940s Gibson Bridge
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Trade Secrets! Issue 268 August 09, 2016
Gluing a 1940s Gibson Bridge
The bridge on this old Gibson has an unusually low, flat profile. Dan Erlewine shows how he modified a bridge clamping caul for gluing the bridge to the guitar top.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Where to cut the saddle slot on this guitar bridge?
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Trade Secrets! Issue 270 September 08, 2016
Where to cut the saddle slot on this guitar bridge?
Time to install a saddle in this bridge. Where exactly to put it? Salvaging this original Gibson bridge required filling the saddle slot. You can’t assume the original factory placement was correct. Dan Erlewine shows how he located this saddle.
Inside Story on Instant Adhesives Product Instructions A-INSTANTADHESIVES
Inside Story on Instant Adhesives
Dan Erlewine explains the ins and outs of working with instant adhesives and "super" glues.
ColorTone Liquid Pigments for Waterbase Lacquer Product Instructions I-5360
ColorTone Liquid Pigments for Waterbase Lacquer
Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Pigments for Waterbase Lacquer.
JLD Bridge Doctor Instructions Product Instructions I-3694
JLD Bridge Doctor Instructions
How to install the JLD Bridge Doctor in an acoustic guitar.
Top Deflection Gauge Instructions Product Instructions I-5253
Top Deflection Gauge Instructions
How to use the Top Deflection Gauge for neck resetting and saddle routing, banjo head tensioning, and assessing and adjusting neck relief.
Bridge Plate Repair Product Instructions I-5240
Bridge Plate Repair
How to repair most fractured bridge pin holes with the BridgeSaver.
What's the problem with swapping Fender and Gibson bridges? Trade Secrets! Issue 67 August 07, 2008
What's the problem with swapping Fender and Gibson bridges?
Erick Coleman answers a Frequently Asked Question from StewMac customers: "What if I want a Gibson bridge on my Fender?" (Or vice versa.)
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to use the Acoustic Guitar Bridge Template
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How to use the Acoustic Guitar Bridge Template
Dan Erlewine explains the many features of the Acoustic Guitar Bridge Template and shows how helpful this little gauge is when making a bridge from scratch.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Tune-o-matic bridge repair tools
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Tune-o-matic bridge repair tools
Erick Coleman demos the Tune-o-Medic tool kit for adjusting and fixing these Gibson-style bridges.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, TJ Thompson Bridge Gluing Caul Video
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TJ Thompson Bridge Gluing Caul Video
Dan Erlewine demonstrates the T.J. Thompson Bridge Gluing Cauls, a set of glue-resistant nylon cauls shaped to fit the curves of an acoustic guitar bridge. These cauls give you a flat clamping surface while protecting the bridge.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Grain runout made this guitar bridge pop off!
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Trade Secrets! Issue 252 November 05, 2015
Grain runout made this guitar bridge pop off!
BANG! While this guitar was being played, the bridge popped off with a sound like a gunshot. Before Dan Erlewine glues it back on, he explains the likely cause of this trouble: grain runout in the guitar’s cedar top.
Bridge Pin Hole Chamfer Tool Instructions Product Instructions I-0459
Bridge Pin Hole Chamfer Tool Instructions
Instructions for using the Bridge Pin Hole Chamfer Tool.
StewMac Acoustic Bridge Tools Instructions Product Instructions I-4772
StewMac Acoustic Bridge Tools Instructions
These tools make difficult bridge repairs easier and more profitable.
Custom-fit your bridge pins for better sound Trade Secrets! Issue 45 October 04, 2007
Custom-fit your bridge pins for better sound
Erick Coleman talks about why each guitar he works on gets six custom-fit bridge pins. It's all about hardware coupling, energy transfer, and tone.
Fixing a 1937 Martin bridge. The first step is fixing a sandwich! Trade Secrets! Issue 70 September 18, 2008
Fixing a 1937 Martin bridge. The first step is fixing a sandwich!
Dan Erlewine's got an unusual bridge problem and an unusual repair.
Christine's inexpensive guitar needs a bridge repair: fix it or pitch it? Trade Secrets! Issue 141 June 09, 2011
Christine's inexpensive guitar needs a bridge repair: fix it or pitch it?
Should you put $100 worth of repairs into a guitar you can replace for $200? Erick Coleman tells why his answer is yes. And he hands over the repair tools to Christine, who works in StewMac's office.
Resonator Guitar Spider Bridge & Cone Product Instructions I-1530
Resonator Guitar Spider Bridge & Cone
Installation instructions for a Spider Bridge and cone.
National-Style Biscuit Bridge Product Instructions I-4330
National-Style Biscuit Bridge
Installation instructions for a National-style Biscuit Bridge.
Better tone with a lighter Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece Trade Secrets! Issue 25 April 12, 2007
Better tone with a lighter Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece
This week, Erick Coleman steps into the ring for Round Two in the Battle for Better Tone: his secret weapons area lightweight Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece.
How to know a bridge will play in tune before gluing it on Trade Secrets! Issue 107 February 18, 2010
How to know a bridge will play in tune before gluing it on
Dan Erlewine finds an old bridge to fit a 1950s Gibson, but will the saddle slot be in the right place? He measures and calculates, but still wants to prove it's in tune before gluing. Here's how he did that.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Is this bridge saddle in the right place?
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Trade Secrets! Issue 185 February 28, 2013
Is this bridge saddle in the right place?
The free Fret Position Calculator at stewmac.com does the math, but can I trust its numbers for placing a Martin bridge? I tested the computer against my "stone age" method. — Dan Erlewine
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Dan Erlewine’s 2-minute bridge gluing challenge!
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Trade Secrets! Issue 302 April 05, 2018
Dan Erlewine’s 2-minute bridge gluing challenge!
Working fast! Dan Erlewine’s using hot hide glue to attach this bridge. It means working fast while the glue’s hot. Susan, our videographer, gives Dan a two-minute challenge: BEAT THE CLOCK!
Tune-O-Matic setup: is the trouble with the bridge or the neck angle? Trade Secrets! Issue 93 August 06, 2009
Tune-O-Matic setup: is the trouble with the bridge or the neck angle?
Dan helps the local music store with a customer complaint about a Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge setup. Who's to blame here?
Making new bridge pins look old on a vintage Gibson Trade Secrets! Issue 1 October 26, 2006
Making new bridge pins look old on a vintage Gibson
This week, Dan Erlewine reveals the seven-pin bridge that's hidden by Robert Johnson's hand in that most-famous photo of the King of the Delta Blues.
Are you supposed to slot Tune-o-matic bridge saddles? Trade Secrets! Issue 109 March 18, 2010
Are you supposed to slot Tune-o-matic bridge saddles?
Customers often ask how and why they should put slots in the saddles of their new Tune-o-matic bridge. Erick Coleman provides the answers in this issue of Trade Secrets.
Using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings Product Instructions I-1298
Using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings
Tips for routing binding ledges using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings, including how to choose the correct bearing, hand routing and using router tables.
Waverly Planetary 5th Peg Product Instructions I-3452
Waverly Planetary 5th Peg
How to install a Waverly Planetary 5th String Peg.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, No-cost tools for shaping Martin guitar bridges
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Trade Secrets! Issue 187 March 28, 2013
No-cost tools for shaping Martin guitar bridges
Two do-it-yourself tools that I've been using for years to shape the bridges on Martins: I show you how to make one in a jiffy, and there's a free downloadable plan for the other one! -- Dan Erlewine
Spider-bridge Resonator Guitar Setup Product Instructions A-SPIDERSETUP
Spider-bridge Resonator Guitar Setup
A step-by-step for setting up a spider bridge resonator.
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Product Instructions I-0551
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, YIKES! Using a reamer in an electric drill
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Trade Secrets! Issue 243 May 21, 2015
YIKES! Using a reamer in an electric drill
This little parlor guitar was found in a trash can and Dan Erlewine is doing a quick fix on the bridge. The pin holes were entirely chewed up. Dan’s drilling them out with a peg hole reamer then plugging them with peg-shaped plugs of hardwood.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Problem: a WaRpEd guitar top!
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Trade Secrets! Issue 262 May 19, 2016
Problem: a WaRpEd guitar top!
High action turned out to be a symptom of trouble for this guitar. The owner felt the strings were a little high. Taking a closer look, Dan Erlewine finds that the bridge is just about to pop off! A hump had formed under the bridge, and Dan comes up with an interesting solution.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Helpful repair magnet gizmo, and 1970s Earthwood Bass!
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Trade Secrets! Issue 206 December 19, 2013
Helpful repair magnet gizmo, and 1970s Earthwood Bass!
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! These repair magnets snapped together with a CLACK!, drawing blood from Dan Erlewine's finger just as he was about to show his gizmo for avoiding pinched fingers and separating stacked magnets! Also, Dan explains a radical bracing change on an original Earthwood acoustic bass guitar.
Floyd Rose Tremolo Instructions Product Instructions I-FLOYDROS
Floyd Rose Tremolo Instructions
Parts diagram and routing specs from the manufacturer.
Finding the right location for a guitar's saddle slot Trade Secrets! Issue 6 November 30, 2006
Finding the right location for a guitar's saddle slot
This issue shows how to locate and cut the saddle slot for an acoustic bridge.
Finding saddle location with the Saddlematic Product Instructions I-4462
Finding saddle location with the Saddlematic
How to find saddle placement location with the Saddlematic.
Correct saddle intonation with The Intonator Product Instructions I-5245
Correct saddle intonation with The Intonator
The Intonator finds the correct locations for acoustic flattop guitar bridge saddle placement.
Neck Set Gauge Instructions Product Instructions I-5249
Neck Set Gauge Instructions
How to use the Neck Set Gauge for a neck reset, to calculate a new bridge thickness, and setting the neck for a newly built guitar.
Removing the glued-in saddle on a 1937 Martin D-28 Herringbone Trade Secrets! Issue 68 August 21, 2008
Removing the glued-in saddle on a 1937 Martin D-28 Herringbone
Someone shaved down the saddle on this great old Martin until there's barely a nub showing above the bridge. It needs to be removed, but it's glued in and so low you can't grab it. Dan Erlewine shows how to solve this problem.
Two 1917 Gibson L-1 archtop guitars: each with too-high action Trade Secrets! Issue 111 April 15, 2010
Two 1917 Gibson L-1 archtop guitars: each with too-high action
Dan Erlewine got a blast from the past in his shop recently, and before the dust settled he got another one! He's working on two Gibson L-1 archtops from 1917, and they both have the same trouble: too-tall bridges and too-high action.
Mixing active and passive pickups in a jazz guitar Trade Secrets! Issue 135 March 17, 2011
Mixing active and passive pickups in a jazz guitar
Dan Erlewine wants to install two very different pickups in a jazz guitar. When there's no place to fit active system's battery he comes up with a simple, flexible solution.
Fixing a potbelly with the Belly Reducer Trade Secrets! Issue 146 August 18, 2011
Fixing a potbelly with the Belly Reducer
Dan Erlewine's got a Martin with a potbelly: string tension has pulled the top into a hump on this 1928 0-18. To make things tougher, the guitar top's encased in a thick layer of epoxy finish! It's an interesting puzzle...
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing a Tune-O-Matic that won't tune
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Trade Secrets! Issue 228 October 23, 2014
Fixing a Tune-O-Matic that won't tune
This bridge is in the wrong spot, so the guitar can’t play in tune. Rather than drill new holes in a vintage guitar body, Dan Erlewine comes up with a clever solution.
Tune-o-matic installation and set up tips Product Instructions I-4557
Tune-o-matic installation and set up tips
Tips for installing and setting up a Tune-o-matic bridge using Tune-o-Medic Bridge and Tailpiece Tools.
Safe Slot Nut Guard Instructions Product Instructions I-1795
Safe Slot Nut Guard Instructions
When dry air makes fret ends stick out, here's the fix Trade Secrets! Issue 122 September 16, 2010
When dry air makes fret ends stick out, here's the fix
Years of hot dry storage caused the fret ends stick out on the sides of this banjo neck. Mark Hyatt found that it's easy to file them back into line!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to fix a Gibson truss rod
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How to fix a Gibson truss rod
This job used to be so hard that guitar necks got thrown away as "unfixable." Dan Erlewine shows that it's now pretty simple with StewMac Truss Rod Rescue Tools.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install classical guitar strings
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Trade Secrets! Issue 240 April 09, 2015
How to install classical guitar strings
Learn the right way to install nylon strings so they don’t stretch for a month before you can start playing.
Brazilian luthier Rodrigo Gomes visits Dan Erlewine’s shop and sets up a classical guitar for Dan to start learning to play bossa nova.
Saddle Routing Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-4043
Saddle Routing Jig Instructions
The Saddle Routing Jig lets you slot a new bridge with a traditional single saddle or 2-piece compensated saddle, fill and move an existing saddle slot, widen a saddle slot for a compensated saddle, or flatten the bottom of the slot for a saddle transducer pickup.
Tune-o-matic swap: going from Nashville to Kalamazoo Trade Secrets! Issue 147 September 01, 2011
Tune-o-matic swap: going from Nashville to Kalamazoo
Taking a Les Paul from Nashville to Kalamazoo by way of the Tune-o-matic Bridge: Erick Coleman swaps the factory Nashville bridge for a 1950s-style ABR-1 Tune-o-matic.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
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Trade Secrets! Issue 221 July 17, 2014
Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
A P-Bass with fret buzz: Dan Erlewine fixes his brother’s bass, and answers the question, “To get rid of this fret buzz, should I adjust the saddles or the truss rod?”
Moneytalk: an easy repair -- until it blew up in my hands! Trade Secrets! Issue 136 March 31, 2011
Moneytalk: an easy repair -- until it blew up in my hands!
Dan Erlewine started a simple, quick repair, but one unlucky hammer tap created a whole new problem to solve!
Quick Cauls Product Instructions A-QUICKCAUL
Quick Cauls
Thomas Humphrey explains how to make classical guitar bridge clamping cauls with styrofoam.
Thompson Belly Reducer Instructions Product Instructions I-1380
Thompson Belly Reducer Instructions
The Thompson Belly Reducer is a simple tool designed to get rid of the bellying without making permanent alterations to the original guitar top.
Clean up your old electric guitar saddles Trade Secrets! Issue 39 July 19, 2007
Clean up your old electric guitar saddles
Erick Coleman shows why brushing your guitar saddles is as important as brushing your teeth!
Tremolo tips: staying in tune with a twang bar Trade Secrets! Issue 61 May 15, 2008
Tremolo tips: staying in tune with a twang bar
You don't have to have a locking system to have a tremolo stay in tune. Erick Coleman shows tips for keeping your tremolo tuneful.
Using a utility knife blade as a saddle shaper Trade Secrets! Issue 118 July 22, 2010
Using a utility knife blade as a saddle shaper
Dan Erlewine shares a tip for putting a rounded shape on bone saddles: use the notch in one of those utility knife blades in your toolbox!
1955 Gibson TV finish: recreating that unique see-thru yellow Trade Secrets! Issue 124 October 14, 2010
1955 Gibson TV finish: recreating that unique see-thru yellow
Erick Coleman fixes a chip on a 1955 Gibson TV Model, which means figuring out how to recreate that unique see-through yellow finish.
Rugged and road-ready: replacing skimpy parts Trade Secrets! Issue 143 July 07, 2011
Rugged and road-ready: replacing skimpy parts
Erick Coleman finds that a 1970s Hondo is really well built, but the parts weren't road-ready. A couple of fixes, and this guitar's ready to tour the world!
Resonator Guitar Set-up Techniques Product Instructions I-4006
Resonator Guitar Set-up Techniques
An introduction to setting up a resonator guitar.
Wilkinson Compensated Tele Saddles Product Instructions I-5071
Wilkinson Compensated Tele Saddles
How to install Wilkinson Compensated Tele saddles.
Compensated Saddles for Telecaster Product Instructions I-5167
Compensated Saddles for Telecaster
Installation instructions for Compensated Saddles for Telecaster.
Acoustic guitar pickups: installation problems to avoid Trade Secrets! Issue 7 December 07, 2006
Acoustic guitar pickups: installation problems to avoid
In this week's newsletter, bad sound from a good acoustic guitar pickup: the problem and the solution.
One dead string driving me crazy! (Transducer trouble...) Trade Secrets! Issue 32 May 31, 2007
One dead string driving me crazy! (Transducer trouble...)
I thought I'd fixed this acoustic saddle pickup, but the customer sent it back because the problem wasn't solved (STRIKE ONE)! I took another swing at it... (STRIKE TWO)! I almost struck out! -Dan Erlewine
Vintage retainer wire: searching Nashville for one little guitar part! Trade Secrets! Issue 90 June 25, 2009
Vintage retainer wire: searching Nashville for one little guitar part!
Dan and Leon Rhodes need a retainer spring for a vintage Gibson bridge. Visiting repair shops in Nashville, they find out how to make their own.
How to clean a guitar that REALLY needs it! Trade Secrets! Issue 97 October 01, 2009
How to clean a guitar that REALLY needs it!
Rock's a dirty business, but somebody's got to do it: Dan Erlewine cleans up a Les Paul that hasn't had a bath in four years -- and 650 gigs!
How to install a Strat tremolo and get it right Trade Secrets! Issue 145 August 04, 2011
How to install a Strat tremolo and get it right
Erick Coleman has a quick tip that will save you a lot of trouble.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to notch the saddles on your Les Paul
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Trade Secrets! Issue 196 August 01, 2013
How to notch the saddles on your Les Paul
Erick Coleman uses a hammer and X-Acto knife before filing. On this video he also talks with Dan Erlewine about how a 1954 Les Paul went from Bondo Mess to Relic Goldtop, with multiple luthiers contributing to its restoration.
How to see inside a guitar body if you don't have X-Ray Specs Trade Secrets! Issue 99 October 29, 2009
How to see inside a guitar body if you don't have X-Ray Specs
Dan Erlewine says he has the last working pair of X-Ray Specs on Earth, and he won't share them. At least he has some alternatives for the rest of us.
Wiring Kit for Flametop Product Instructions I-0143
Wiring Kit for Flametop
Wiring diagram for an S/S/H Flametop.
E-Model Megaswitch Product Instructions I-3484
E-Model Megaswitch
Installation and wiring instructions for the E-Model Megaswitch.
My guitar's too vintage for club gigs, so I created a backup Trade Secrets! Issue 149 September 29, 2011
My guitar's too vintage for club gigs, so I created a backup
Erick Coleman's 1967 Melody Maker is getting too old and pricey for knockaround club gigs. With some simple mods to an affordable new Gibson, he's made himself a good backup guitar.
About Dan Erlewine's New Repair Videos Product Instructions A-DANERLEWINE
About Dan Erlewine's New Repair Videos
A brief introduction to Dan Erlewine and his new instructional repair videos.
Wiring for Jazz Bass Product Instructions I-0032
Wiring for Jazz Bass
Wiring diagram for a Jazz bass.
Wilkinson Single-coil Pickups for Tele Product Instructions I-0127
Wilkinson Single-coil Pickups for Tele
Wiring diagrams for Wilkinson Single-Coil Pickups for a Tele.
Router Template for Recessed Floyd Rose Tremolo Product Instructions I-1119
Router Template for Recessed Floyd Rose Tremolo
Instructions for routing a top recess for use with Floyd Rose-style tremolos.
Basic Set-up Instructions Product Instructions I-3910
Basic Set-up Instructions
Erick Coleman walks you through basic set-up instructions to have your guitar playing great in no time.
Guitar Neck Removal Product Instructions I-4737
Guitar Neck Removal
The Neck Removal Jig applies gradual, controlled pressure for safely steaming the neck out of a dovetail joint.
Dreadnought Guitar Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-5295
Dreadnought Guitar Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Dreadnought Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.
Triple-O Guitar Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-5297
Triple-O Guitar Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the 000 Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.
Single-coil Pickup Kits Product Instructions I-5967
Single-coil Pickup Kits
Assembly instructions for the single-coil pickup kit.
Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins Trade Secrets! Issue 28 May 03, 2007
Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins
Erick Coleman uses Kevin Ryan's proportional string spacing rule for more jobs than Kevin ever expected: 12-strings, mandolins, bridge saddles... Plus: an explanation of the difference between equal spacing and proportional spacing.
Regluing the bass bar inside a standup bass Trade Secrets! Issue 148 September 15, 2011
Regluing the bass bar inside a standup bass
How does Dan Erlewine manage a repair inside a big string bass, without opening up the body? (We suspect he does it with mirrors...)