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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.
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 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.
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Product Instructions I-0551
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stewart-MacDonald Super Glues Product Instructions I-5180
Stewart-MacDonald Super Glues
An explanation of the characteristics and applications of different instant adhesives.
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.
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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Change the angle of a neck with StewMac Neck Shims
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Change the angle of a neck with StewMac Neck Shims
Solid maple shims are a quick fix for tilting a bolt-on neck to change the angle. Full contact and precisely tapered in a variety of angles. No more matchbooks or guitar picks distorting the neck pocket!
Using Neck Set Sandpaper Product Instructions I-5763
Using Neck Set Sandpaper
Match the neck heel contour to an acoustic guitar body.
Neck Relief Gauge Instructions Product Instructions I-2004
Neck Relief Gauge Instructions
The Neck Relief Gauge is a quick and easy way to measure a guitar's neck relief/curvature when adjusting the truss rod.
Bolt-On Necks Product Instructions I-4005
Bolt-On Necks
How to install, adjust, and set up a Bolt-On Neck.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing a warped neck with carbon fiber
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Trade Secrets! Issue 273 October 20, 2016
Fixing a warped neck with carbon fiber
This early-50s Harmony StratoTone has no truss rod, and the neck is warped. Dan Erlewine repairs it by installing carbon fiber neck rods. The week after this repair was done, another copper-colored StratoTone came in with the same problem!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Dan Erlewine's tips for shaping a guitar neck
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Trade Secrets! Issue 281 March 09, 2017
Dan Erlewine's tips for shaping a guitar neck
Joe Etgen is building a guitar for the first time, working down in his basement. Working alone on StewMac's Triple-O kit, he's got the body and the neck in good shape. We asked Joe to take the guitar to Dan Erlewine's shop for a look-over. Dan shares some tips you'll want to know when you build a guitar sometime.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing the angle of an acoustic neck joint
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Trade Secrets! Issue 283 April 06, 2017
Fixing the angle of an acoustic neck joint
Your first guitar build has a slightly crooked neck! What do you do? Dan Erlewine shows how to recognize and solve this problem.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender
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Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender
Erick Coleman shows how to really use a routing template.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to rout a Fender neck pocket
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How to rout a Fender neck pocket
Getting a clean, good-fitting neck pocket for a bolt-on neck: Erick Coleman uses StewMac's Neck Pocket Routing Template for a bass he's building. A trick for getting a custom fit: Erick uses tape inside the template pocket. The StewMac template is also available for guitar necks.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Rock-n-Roller Neck Rest
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Rock-n-Roller Neck Rest
Good. Simple. Solid. Support.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to use the Erlewine Neck Jig
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How to use the Erlewine Neck Jig
Simulate string tension with the strings off for the most accurate fret and fingerboard work ever!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Building upbow into the guitar neck
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Trade Secrets! 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.
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.
Surrogate Body for the Erlewine Neck Jig Product Instructions I-5382
Surrogate Body for the Erlewine Neck Jig
Assembly Instructions
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install a bolt-on neck
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Trade Secrets! Issue 245 June 18, 2015
How to install a bolt-on neck
When a local music venue burned down, this Strat was in the blaze. The neck burned like a candle, but Erick Coleman has salvaged the body. This is a good opportunity to show how to install a Fender style neck.
Quick fix for a loose bolt-on neck Trade Secrets! Issue 113 May 13, 2010
Quick fix for a loose bolt-on neck
Dan Erlewine's got a wobbly neck, but not for long: here's a fast way to tighten the screwholes in a bolt-on neck.
Straightening the neck on a 1914 Gibson mandolin Trade Secrets! Issue 9 December 21, 2006
Straightening the neck on a 1914 Gibson mandolin
This week, Dan Erlewine and Erick Coleman revive a beautiful old Gibson F2 mandolin that's become warped after nearly 100 hot summers stored in the attic.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Video: Plugging stripped holes in bolt-on guitar necks
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Trade Secrets! Issue 176 October 25, 2012
Video: Plugging stripped holes in bolt-on guitar necks
Dan Erlewine shows what he does when a bolt-on neck's mounting bolts aren't holding tight anymore.
Neck Pocket Routing Template for Fender Instructions Product Instructions I-2276
Neck Pocket Routing Template for Fender Instructions
Neck Jig Bracket for Angle Vise: Installation Instructions Product Instructions I-5380
Neck Jig Bracket for Angle Vise: Installation Instructions
Adapt your Angle Vise to securely mount the Neck Jig
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, StewMac Deadblow Neck Rest Video
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StewMac Deadblow Neck Rest Video
See how this dense, flexible neck rest conforms to fit any instrument on your bench, and solidly absorbs hammer blows during fretwork.
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.
How to install a Fender style (bolt-on) neck Trade Secrets! Issue 31 May 24, 2007
How to install a Fender style (bolt-on) neck
Erick Coleman shows the steps involved in replacing a Fender-style neck, with tips for tuner installation, truss rod adjustment, and correctly positioning the neck.
Neck Construction Tips and Techniques Product Instructions I-5200
Neck Construction Tips and Techniques
An overview of neck construction, includes tips for adding headstock "ears," routing for a truss rod, laminating a classical guitar heel and more.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Dan Erlewine's do-it-yourself neck shaping jig
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Trade Secrets! Issue 230 November 20, 2014
Dan Erlewine's do-it-yourself neck shaping jig
A different sort of Erlewine Neck Jig: Dan’s building guitars out of black walnut that he’s saved for forty years. For carving and shaping, he comes up with an easy-to-make jig to hold a neck at just the right working angle. It spins and tilts too!
Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Template Instructions Product Instructions I-4783
Acoustic Neck Joint Routing Template Instructions
Routing instructions for acoustic neck joints.
Fine tuning a bolt-on replacement neck Trade Secrets! Issue 132 February 03, 2011
Fine tuning a bolt-on replacement neck
Erick Coleman pulls his old Strat out of mothballs and gives it a new neck. He shows what's needed to get a replacement neck ready to play.
A pain in the necks: Gibson doubleneck with a broken truss rod Trade Secrets! Issue 165 May 24, 2012
A pain in the necks: Gibson doubleneck with a broken truss rod
Dan Erlewine has a Gibson doubleneck with a broken truss rod -- a problem that sends lots of guitars to the trash can. What will it take to rescue this one? The answer might surprise you: it takes 65 minutes of work.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Final-shaping a neck with files and scrapers
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Trade Secrets! Issue 198 August 29, 2013
Final-shaping a neck with files and scrapers
Shaping a neck is all about feel. Chelsea Clark learned from Dan Erlewine, and honed her skills on abandoned "project guitars" found on Craigslist and eBay. Chelsea shares some great tips on shaping the neck and preparing it for a finish.
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.
Why hide glue is best for this cracked neck Trade Secrets! Issue 34 June 14, 2007
Why hide glue is best for this cracked neck
A badly broken neck on this Martin D-35 almost goes unnoticed, and the repair leads to an innovative do-it-yourself jig. Dan Erlewine explains how he chose the gluing method for this repair.
How Boogie Fever led to a Neck Transplant Trade Secrets! Issue 119 August 05, 2010
How Boogie Fever led to a Neck Transplant
Erick Coleman's buddy wanted a guitar just like the one he saw on Soul Train in the 1970s. Curing his Boogie Fever required a neck transplant, but Fender's Micro-Tilt neck adjustment makes that tricky. Here's how to do it.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Short video: Making a guitar neck more comfortable to play
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Trade Secrets! 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.
Safe Slot Nut Guard Instructions Product Instructions I-1795
Safe Slot Nut Guard Instructions
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Flat-sanding a guitar fingerboard
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Trade Secrets! 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, Gluing a broken peghead
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Trade Secrets! Issue 224 August 28, 2014
Gluing a broken peghead
Dan Erlewine's got a nasty broken peghead on a yard sale guitar.
He shows how to fix it, and shares his thinking on which glue to use and how he does a glue test. This is actually a double break needing two repairs at once.
Fixing a badly worn neck: super glue as both fill and finish Trade Secrets! Issue 114 May 27, 2010
Fixing a badly worn neck: super glue as both fill and finish
Somebody's wrung this guitar's neck with years of string bending -- the wood is gone from the edge of the fingerboard. The customer doesn't want a new neck, so Dan Erlewine improvises a great solution.
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-5399
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions
How to assemble and jig up a guitar.
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?
Final-shaping a D-18 or D-28 style guitar neck Trade Secrets! Issue 101 November 26, 2009
Final-shaping a D-18 or D-28 style guitar neck
Guitar maker Todd Sams directs the production of our StewMac guitar necks, and he uses the necks in his own custom Sams guitars. Todd shows how to spend twenty minutes final-shaping a neck to get it to look and feel exactly right.
Keep that body in shape! Go-bar/neck jig gluing rig. Trade Secrets! Issue 130 January 06, 2011
Keep that body in shape! Go-bar/neck jig gluing rig.
Dan Erlewine has to leave a guitar body with the back off for months. How to keep the sides from going out of shape during this time? Believe it or not, the answer is blue foam insulation from the home improvement store.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Clamping a guitar neck really tight (without damage)
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Trade Secrets! Issue 215 April 24, 2014
Clamping a guitar neck really tight (without damage)
Working on a 1938 Gibson lap steel, Dan Erlewine needs to clamp the neck way more tightly than usual. He comes up with a special jig by modifying a Rock-n-Roller neck rest.
Carlos Santana's Strat: repair and setup Trade Secrets! Issue 59 April 17, 2008
Carlos Santana's Strat: repair and setup
Dan Erlewine tells what happened with two guitars sent to him recently by Carlos Santana.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Regluing a Rickenbacker fretboard
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Trade Secrets! 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!
The damage caused by storing a guitar in a hot car or attic Trade Secrets! Issue 137 April 14, 2011
The damage caused by storing a guitar in a hot car or attic
Erick Coleman fixes a slipped neck joint on a beautiful Gibson ES-125, showing what can happen to glue joints that get too hot.
Compound Radius: Explained Product Instructions A-COMPOUNDRADIUS
Compound Radius: Explained
An explanation of compound radius fretboards.
Custom Peghead Decals Product Instructions A-DECALS
Custom Peghead Decals
Tony Nobles of Precision Guitarworks in Austin, Texas shares his tips on making custom peghead logo decals.
String Action Gauge Product Instructions I-0670
String Action Gauge
How to determine string action with the String Action Gauge.
Peghead shaping Product Instructions I-4026
Peghead shaping
How to copy or design your own headstock shape with a blank peghead guitar neck.
Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather Trade Secrets! Issue 13 January 18, 2007
Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather
This week, Erick Coleman answers a wintertime question: What to do about fret ends that stick out of the sides of the neck?
Super glue your frets for better tone! Trade Secrets! Issue 43 September 06, 2007
Super glue your frets for better tone!
Erick Coleman shows why so many guitars need their frets fastened. Add a touch of water-thin superglue to lock down your already-installed frets, and get better tone, too!
StewMac Safe-T-Planer Instructions Product Instructions I-0486
StewMac Safe-T-Planer Instructions
Setup and operation for instrument makers.
Strengthening a square-tube Martin truss rod Trade Secrets! Issue 66 July 24, 2008
Strengthening a square-tube Martin truss rod
Dan Erlewine's doing a neck reset on a Martin that has a square-tube truss rod. While he has the neck off, he shows how to improve the truss rod before regluing the neck.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Video: Tips for installing fretboard side dots
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Trade Secrets! 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.
Why use a household iron on a fretboard? Trade Secrets! Issue 155 January 05, 2012
Why use a household iron on a fretboard?
Erick Coleman uses his wife's clothes iron on a guitar: a simple solution to a problem fretboard.
How the stars set up their guitars Product Instructions A-FAMOUSSETUPS
How the stars set up their guitars
An excerpt from Dan Erlewine's "How To Make You Electric Guitar Play Great", including celebrity setups from Jeff Beck to Jim Weider.
Radius Block Basics Product Instructions A-RADIUSBLOCKBASICS
Radius Block Basics
An explanation of the different uses of a radiused sanding block.
Metric String Action Gauge Product Instructions I-0670-M
Metric String Action Gauge
How to determine string action with the Metric String Action Gauge.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Rare black Dan Armstrong bass: fretboard repair
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Trade Secrets! Issue 183 January 31, 2013
Rare black Dan Armstrong bass: fretboard repair
Dan Erlewine's working on a black lucite Dan Armstrong bass -- one of only eight that Ampeg ever made. The fretboard has a nasty crunch. Step-by-step, Dan details how he does this tricky fix.
ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil Instructions Product Instructions I-3863
ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil Instructions
Directions for using ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil.
Blues Resomaster Assembly Product Instructions I-5290
Blues Resomaster Assembly
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Blues Resomaster.
Delta Resomaster Assembly Product Instructions I-5291
Delta Resomaster Assembly
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Delta Resomaster.
Don't be nervous about adjusting that truss rod! Trade Secrets! Issue 33 June 07, 2007
Don't be nervous about adjusting that truss rod!
Erick Coleman shows how quick and easy it is to evaluate a neck and adjust the truss rod.
How to use a Fret Hammer Trade Secrets! Issue 41 August 09, 2007
How to use a Fret Hammer
A fret hammer was one of the first lutherie tools Erick Coleman ever bought, and it's still an essential in his shop. In this issue of Trade Secrets, he shows how to use it.
For ebony streaks, use black fingerboard stain Trade Secrets! Issue 46 October 18, 2007
For ebony streaks, use black fingerboard stain
Erick Coleman shows why black fingerboard stain is a standard item in any guitarmaker's shop, including the big name builders.
Binding and fretting a Red Diamond mandolin fingerboard Trade Secrets! Issue 49 November 29, 2007
Binding and fretting a Red Diamond mandolin fingerboard
Don MacRostie shows us his methods for fingerboard binding and fretting on a Red Diamond vintage model mandolin.
How to make a string nut for the first time Trade Secrets! Issue 63 June 12, 2008
How to make a string nut for the first time
Why you might need a new nut: Cracked nut. Poor string spacing. Hollow plastic nut sapping tone. Nut slots are too low, causing fret buzz on open strings. If you're nervous about replacing the string nut you've got company, and this week Erick Coleman shows that making a nut is no big deal.
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.)
Cleaning up after sloppy fretwork: fixing chips in the fingerboard Trade Secrets! Issue 91 July 09, 2009
Cleaning up after sloppy fretwork: fixing chips in the fingerboard
Erick Coleman's got a neck to fix, including a broken peghead. One thing leads to another, and it turns out the toughest job is hiding the fretboard chips left by the last repairman to work on this guitar.
Relic finish: faking age cracks on a 1956 Strat Trade Secrets! Issue 102 December 10, 2009
Relic finish: faking age cracks on a 1956 Strat
Dan Erlewine shows how he makes a new finish repair on a 1956 Strat look as old as the original finish all around it.
Make a "stunt double" guitar body for benchtop work Trade Secrets! Issue 103 December 24, 2009
Make a "stunt double" guitar body for benchtop work
Erick Coleman shows how he made a surrogate body for neck and fret work, following the free plans online at stewmac.com.
How to match color on vintage binding repairs Trade Secrets! Issue 116 June 24, 2010
How to match color on vintage binding repairs
Working on an aged Les Paul, Erick Coleman has to sand part of the yellowed binding. The sanded spots are a glaring white mismatch. Erick makes turns the repair invisible with a little ColorTone spray and stain.
Fixing a 1965 Gibson Firebird with holes in its head! Trade Secrets! Issue 167 June 21, 2012
Fixing a 1965 Gibson Firebird with holes in its head!
Dan Erlewine fills holes in the peghead of a 1965 Gibson Firebird.
A sign of truss rod trouble, and an easy solution. Trade Secrets! Issue 170 August 02, 2012
A sign of truss rod trouble, and an easy solution.
Dan Erlewine with a common truss rod problem: an over-adjusted rod that just won't work anymore. Luckily, there's an easy fix!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to fit a preshaped nut on a guitar
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Trade Secrets! Issue 178 November 22, 2012
How to fit a preshaped nut on a guitar
Tips for fitting a shaped and slotted nut. Dan Erlewine tries a preshaped nut in his own Fender Strat: it's so easy "it's almost like cheating!"
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Repairing a broken-off tuner screw
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Trade Secrets! Issue 181 January 03, 2013
Repairing a broken-off tuner screw
In this Trade Secrets video, Dan Erlewine extracts and replaces a broken screw in a Fender peghead.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Binding repair on a '55 Gretsch Roundup
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Trade Secrets! Issue 188 April 11, 2013
Binding repair on a '55 Gretsch Roundup
A truss rod fix leads to a binding repair: Dan Erlewine has to remove the fingerboard from this great old cowboy guitar, and some of the red side dots disappear. He shows two techniques for replacing them.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fix a broken nut with baking soda?
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Trade Secrets! Issue 197 August 15, 2013
Fix a broken nut with baking soda?
"Can a broken nut can be fixed with baking soda and super glue?" Lou, a singer here in Athens, Ohio, brought this question to Dan Erlewine (along with the broken nut on his Yamaha guitar). As it turns out, the answer is yes and no...
Hiding an "evil smile" peghead break with the Razor Blade Trick Trade Secrets! Issue 161 March 29, 2012
Hiding an "evil smile" peghead break with the Razor Blade Trick
After gluing a broken peghead, Dan Erlewine still a finish repair to do. In this Trade Secret, he shows you how to save time by using amber super glue and his favorite razor blade trick.
Wiring Kit for Flametop Product Instructions I-0143
Wiring Kit for Flametop
Wiring diagram for an S/S/H Flametop.
Mandolin Truss Rod Instructions Product Instructions I-0781
Mandolin Truss Rod Instructions
Instructions for the installation and adjustment of mandolin truss rods.
E-Model Megaswitch Product Instructions I-3484
E-Model Megaswitch
Installation and wiring instructions for the E-Model Megaswitch.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Making a glue scraper/saw
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Trade Secrets! Issue 209 January 30, 2014
Making a glue scraper/saw
Dan Erlewine went to the Columbus Guitar Show to sell some fixer-uppers. Nobody bought this beautiful 1930s Kay Deluxe; its neck joint problem must have seemed like too much work. The guitar came back home and volunteered for this Trade Secret about making a tiny saw for cleaning old glue joints!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Easy binding repair on a Martin D-35
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Trade Secrets! Issue 253 November 19, 2015
Easy binding repair on a Martin D-35
This fretboard binding caught on somebody’s sweater. The missing piece was never found, and the guitar is in Dan Erlewine’s shop for repair. This kind of quick fix is familiar to guitar shops everywhere!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fret Tang Nipper: undercut fretwire for bound fretboards
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Fret Tang Nipper: undercut fretwire for bound fretboards
Todd Sams demonstrates this clever tool for clipping fret tang to fit over neck bindings. Insert the fretwire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut—no bending or crimping.
Using Feeler Gauges to Control Nut Slot Depth Product Instructions I-1811
Using Feeler Gauges to Control Nut Slot Depth
How to use feeler gauges to control nut slot depth.
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.
Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rods Product Instructions I-0975
Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rods
Installation and adjustment instructions for Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rod.
Guitar Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-2070
Guitar Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
Tuner installation instructions using the Guitar Tuner Drill Jig.
Fret Beveling Files Product Instructions I-3760
Fret Beveling Files
Downloadable instructions for smoothing fret ends with Fret Beveling Files.
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.
Working with Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Materials Product Instructions I-4007
Working with Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Materials
Information about the precautions related to, and the use of, Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Materials.
Jaws2 Fret Press Instructions Product Instructions I-4266
Jaws2 Fret Press Instructions
An overview of and instructions for using the Jaws2 Fret Press.
Jaws3 Fret Press Instructions Product Instructions I-4272
Jaws3 Fret Press Instructions
An overview of and instructions for using the Jaws3 Fret Press.
OM Guitar Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-5283
OM Guitar Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the OM Acoustic Guitar Kit, including a recommended tool and supplies list.
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.
Fiddle Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-5342
Fiddle Kit Instructions
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Fiddle Kit, including a recommended tool list.
Single-coil Pickup Kits Product Instructions I-5967
Single-coil Pickup Kits
Assembly instructions for the single-coil pickup kit.
Dan Erlewine's Facebook fretless bass Trade Secrets! Issue 139 May 12, 2011
Dan Erlewine's Facebook fretless bass
Dan Erlewine's been posting photos on Facebook, creating this photo story on how to convert a fretted bass to fretless. It's a Trade Secrets story and it's on Facebook too!
Fixing Bill Kirchen's "Hot Rod Lincoln" Telecaster Trade Secrets! Issue 156 January 19, 2012
Fixing Bill Kirchen's "Hot Rod Lincoln" Telecaster
Dan Erlewine's doing some Telecaster body work for Bill Kirchen. Bill's famous Tele riff drove Commander Cody's "Hot Rod Lincoln" into the Top Ten back in 1972
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, StewMac Safe Slot for building perfect guitar nuts
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StewMac Safe Slot for building perfect guitar nuts
Cutting string slots is delicate: if you cut one slot a little too low, you've blown the nut and have to start over. Elliot John-Conry shows us how using the Safe Slot can help you build a perfectly shaped nut for your guitar.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to fix a Fender truss rod
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How to fix a Fender 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, WOODSTAX: Discover the perfect wood for your next guitar
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WOODSTAX: Discover the perfect wood for your next guitar
Here at StewMac, we've spent years squirreling away the most unique and exquisite wood sets for an exciting new project. WOODSTAX manager Christina Gingerich takes us behind the scenes to see a few of our ever-expanding selection of choice tonewoods.
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!