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Banjo Building Instructions Product Instructions A-BANJOBUILDING
Banjo Building Instructions
Comprehensive, downloadable instructions for building an open-back banjo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Cleaning guitar parts with electrolysis
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Trade Secrets! Issue 298 January 24, 2018
Cleaning guitar parts with electrolysis
Brazilian luthier Rod Gomes shows Dan Erlewine a neat trick: using low-voltage electricity to clean age-old grunge from a Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge. A couple hours in Rod’s electric soup, and the bridge is clean!
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Product Instructions I-0551
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal
Recreating a lost part from from 1917 Trade Secrets! Issue 120 August 19, 2010
Recreating a lost part from from 1917
Dan Erlewine is missing one last part needed on a 1917 archtop Gibson. It's a long gone, irreplaceable pickguard support that he recreates from found material in his shop. A useful tip for fabricating modern plastic parts, too!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Thread Detective for Guitars will find the correct fit for guitar parts
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Thread Detective for Guitars will find the correct fit for guitar parts
No mismatched threads or ruined parts! Quickly identify metric and SAE thread on screws, nuts, tailpiece studs, and just about any part on your guitar. This special set was created exclusively for StewMac customers.
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, 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 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.
Parts Kit for Jazz Bass Pickups Product Instructions I-5978
Parts Kit for Jazz Bass Pickups
Assembly instructions for the Jazz bass pickup kit.
Parts Kit for Precision Bass Pickups Product Instructions I-5979
Parts Kit for Precision Bass Pickups
Assembly instructions for the Precision bass pickup kit.
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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Rotten old vintage plastic: fabricating replacement parts from pickguard materia
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Trade Secrets! Issue 189 April 25, 2013
Rotten old vintage plastic: fabricating replacement parts from pickguard materia
After nearly 60 years, old celluloid parts start to crumble. The pickup risers on a '55 Gretsch are rotting away, and Dan Erlewine builds new replacements from a sheet of tortoiseshell pickguard plastic.
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!
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-5399
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions
How to assemble and jig up a guitar.
Example Repair Shop Forms Product Instructions A-0570
Example Repair Shop Forms
Dan Erlewine created two useful forms to plan and estimate the work that comes into his shop, it's also helpful for showing your customer the work you plan to do or did on their instrument.
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.
F5 Mandolin Kit Assembly Product Instructions I-5148
F5 Mandolin Kit Assembly
Assembly instructions, recommended tools and supplies.
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.
Spray Guns: Getting Started Product Instructions I-5436
Spray Guns: Getting Started
An introduction to spray guns, including use, care, and troubleshooting.
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!