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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.
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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Installing tuner knobs
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Installing tuner knobs
Dan Erlewine replaces rotted old tuner knobs, and shows a neat trick with a drill press!
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.
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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, D'Addario: Introducing the NS Micro Tuner
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D'Addario: Introducing the NS Micro Tuner
At a stealthy 1.25 inches, it's the best performance they'll never see.
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.
Vintage Tuner Knobs Product Instructions I-4004
Vintage Tuner Knobs
Instructions for installing replacement Vintage Tuner Knobs, including how to remove old tuner knobs.
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.
Making new tuners look vintage Trade Secrets! Issue 17 February 15, 2007
Making new tuners look vintage
This week, Erick Coleman shows how to add 50 years in 30 minutes: he makes a new set of tuners look like they've been around since the 1950s!
Lubricating guitar tuners Trade Secrets! Issue 20 March 08, 2007
Lubricating guitar tuners
This week, we're in Dan's Guitar Garage for a Tune-up Special: how to clean and lube old guitar tuners, and get them working smoothly again.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Sticky guitar tuners: redrilling the peg holes
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Trade Secrets! Issue 235 January 29, 2015
Sticky guitar tuners: redrilling the peg holes
These classical tuners aren’t turning freely — they’re sticking. The holes for the tuner barrels were never drilled quite right, so Dan Erlewine re-drills them, using our Tuning Machine Drill Jig for Slotted Pegheads.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install six-in-line tuners
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Trade Secrets! Issue 241 April 23, 2015
How to install six-in-line tuners
Six tuners lined up perfectly straight, and no chips in the finish.
The last step in building this beautiful electric guitar is installing the tuners.
Brazilian luthier Rod Gomes visited Dan Erlewine's shop to show how he does it.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Upgrading guitar tuners: what you need to know
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Trade Secrets! Issue 261 May 05, 2016
Upgrading guitar tuners: what you need to know
Will you need to drill holes in your guitar if you put new tuners on it? How do you figure out which tuners are an easy fit, and which require more work? What about keeping the old tuners for resale value? We get questions, and Erick Coleman has answers.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Filing tuners to make them fit
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Trade Secrets! Issue 269 August 25, 2016
Filing tuners to make them fit
The tuners on this Kay Speed Demon are nearly 50 years old, and they're worn out. The old tuners are 6-in-line, but not Fender spacing. Matt Brooker shows how he's modifying the replacement tuners to fit the guitar.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Peterson StroboStomp Classic Pedal Tuner Video
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Peterson StroboStomp Classic Pedal Tuner Video
An overview of the Peterson StroboStomp Classic Pedal Tuner / Active DI.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Danny Roberts (The Grascals): Loar mandolin with Waverly tuners
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Danny Roberts (The Grascals): Loar mandolin with Waverly tuners
Danny Roberts with his 1922 Lloyd Loar mandolin that once belonged to his good friend, the late Charlie Derrington. Danny visited Stewart-MacDonald, and talked about the Waverly tuning machines on his Loar.
Tuner Pin Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-4857
Tuner Pin Drill Jig Instructions
How to install tuners with set pins (as opposed to screws) with the Tuner Pin Drill Jig.
Mandolin Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-5008
Mandolin Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
Tuner installation instructions using the Mandolin Tuner Drill Jig.
Replacing damaged tuner knobs Trade Secrets! Issue 14 January 25, 2007
Replacing damaged tuner knobs
This week, Dan's got a 1957 Les Paul Junior in his shop. It hasn't been out of the case in 25 years, and the tuners are unusable. Here's how to put new knobs on old tuners.
Waverly Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-4858
Waverly Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
For Waverly Guitar Machines
Plugging old tuner holes on the back of the peghead Trade Secrets! Issue 27 April 26, 2007
Plugging old tuner holes on the back of the peghead
When installing new tuners leaves old screwholes showing on the back of your peghead, here a 1-2-3 step method for making them disappear.
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.
Waverly upgrade: replacing the factory tuners on your Martin Trade Secrets! Issue 56 March 06, 2008
Waverly upgrade: replacing the factory tuners on your Martin
Erick Coleman responds to a question in the online lutherie forums: What's involved in replacing Martin factory tuners with a new set of Waverly machines?
A neat trick for drilling perfectly centered holes in guitar tuners Trade Secrets! Issue 159 March 01, 2012
A neat trick for drilling perfectly centered holes in guitar tuners
Dan Erlewine shows how to put a round peg in a square hole, literally. Check out this handy drilling idea, and you'll probably find lots of uses for it in your shop.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to clean and lube dirty old guitar tuners
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Trade Secrets! Issue 213 March 27, 2014
How to clean and lube dirty old guitar tuners
Dirty tuners filled with dried gunk: Dan Erlewine's working on a guitar that's been sitting untouched for over fifty years. The tuners are too stiff to use, but he gets them going again by using heat, naphtha and an injection of lubricant. He makes a nifty little tuner-holder jig, too.
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.
Tuner Bushing Press Instructions Product Instructions I-0460
Tuner Bushing Press Instructions
An overview of how to install and remove tuner bushings with the Tuner Bushing Press.
Guitar Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-2070
Guitar Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
Tuner installation instructions using the Guitar Tuner Drill Jig.
Unusual transplant: 12-string guitar tuners save a mandolin Trade Secrets! Issue 138 April 28, 2011
Unusual transplant: 12-string guitar tuners save a mandolin
Erick Coleman can't find tuners to fit a Martin mandolin -- so he modifies 12-string tuners to do the job!
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, Why Golden Age Restoration Tuners are Perfect for this Old Mandolin
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Why Golden Age Restoration Tuners are Perfect for this Old Mandolin
Period-correct spacing and the proper look! Dan Erlewine explains why our Restoration Tuners were the perfect choice for this old Regal mandolin.
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.
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Product Instructions I-0551
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal
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.
Peghead shaping Product Instructions I-4026
Peghead shaping
How to copy or design your own headstock shape with a blank peghead guitar neck.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Graph Tech Guitar Labs Ratio Balanced Gear Tuning Technology
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Graph Tech Guitar Labs Ratio Balanced Gear Tuning Technology
Graph Tech Ratio tuning machine heads' individual gear ratios make every string feel and react the same to all tuning adjustments.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, StewMac Crack Repair Tools Video
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StewMac Crack Repair Tools Video
Dan Erlewine demonstrates how the StewMac Crack Repair Tools work in this informative video.
Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-1709
Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Instructions
How to use the Guitar Screw Rescue Kit to remove small damaged screws.
Slotted Peghead Drill Jig Product Instructions I-3898
Slotted Peghead Drill Jig
How to use the Slotted Peghead Drill Jig to install classical and steel string tuners.
Waverly Mandolin Machines Product Instructions I-6050
Waverly Mandolin Machines
Tips for installing Waverly mandolin tuning machines.
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!