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Watch the Trade Secrets Video, A Better Way to Ship a Guitar
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A Better Way to Ship a Guitar
If you've ever shipped a guitar before you know it can be frustrating. We have seen a lot of crazy ways people have shipped guitars over the years, but we really got excited about this new Aeris system. It's one of the safest methods we've ever seen—plus it is easy, convenient and affordable.
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.
About Don MacRostie Product Instructions A-DONMACROSTIE
About Don MacRostie
A brief introduction to Don MacRostie of Red Diamond mandolins.
Are you supposed to slot T.O.M. bridge saddles? Product Instructions I-TS0341
Are you supposed to slot T.O.M. bridge saddles?
Download this PDF to support StewMac Trade Secrets Video #341.
Build The Gig Work Board Product Instructions I-0337
Build The Gig Work Board
Optional Accessory: Make your own portable workbench!
Crack repair on a Gibson ES-350T ("Byrdland Lite?") Trade Secrets! Issue 169 July 19, 2012
Crack repair on a Gibson ES-350T ("Byrdland Lite?")
Semi-hollowbody crack repair: Dan Erlewine compares Gibson's ES-350T to their more famous Byrdland. Includes 1955 catalog descriptions of these two great Gibsons.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Dick Boak of Martin Guitars talks about pre-war tenors
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Trade Secrets! Issue 194 July 04, 2013
Dick Boak of Martin Guitars talks about pre-war tenors
Dick Boak of the Martin Guitar Company visiting Dan Erlewine's guitar repair shop. The conversation is about pre-war Martin tenor guitars, and Dick really knows this subject. From the free Trade Secrets newsletter at stewmac.com
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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Guitar Accessories Every Beginner Needs
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Guitar Accessories Every Beginner Needs
We're frequently asked what are our favorite guitar accessories to keep guitars looking and playing their best. This is our Top 10 essential guitar accessories every guitar lover will probably want to have.
Guitar repair money talk: estimate hours, not dollars Trade Secrets! Issue 92 July 23, 2009
Guitar repair money talk: estimate hours, not dollars
While Dan Erlewine gives a relic finish to new tuners on a 1945 Gibson J-45, he talks about making money with a guitar repair business.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Hand-spinning Replogle Cones
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Hand-spinning Replogle Cones
Mike Replogle shows the complete process of hand-spinning in the old-school tradition. From circle-cutting and center-punching the metal, to the spinning of both the spider resonators and the biscuit cones.
How do I calculate a fret scale? Product Instructions I-FRETCALC
How do I calculate a fret scale?
A link to our free, online Fret Scale Calculator for determining fret and bridge placements and saddle compensation.
How do I convert measurements? Product Instructions I-CONVERSIONS
How do I convert measurements?
A link to our free, online unit convertor.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to Put on a Guitar Strap
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How to Put on a Guitar Strap
Learn about ways to put on a guitar strap on your acoustic or electric guitar. StewMac offers both drill and no-drill options that are simple and fast and will keep your guitar safe and secure when you play.
How to relic a tweed amp How to relic a tweed amp
A step-by-step guide for creating that "broken-in" look for your new amp kit.
How to Smooth Rough Fret Ends Product Instructions I-TS0337
How to Smooth Rough Fret Ends
Download the PDF to support StewMac Trade Secrets Video #337
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Inspecting a historic guitar
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Trade Secrets! Issue 242 May 07, 2015
Inspecting a historic guitar
Dan Erlewine first saw this Tele back in the 1960s, before Mike Bloomfield recorded with it on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album. That was also before Bloomfield and Dylan were booed for going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. And before Bloomfield recorded the first Paul Butterfield Blues Band album with this guitar. There’s a lot of history in this Telecaster!
Lutherie Schools List Product Instructions I-8010
Lutherie Schools List
A list of reputable lutherie schools and programs of instruction.
Make custom labels for your guitars! Trade Secrets! Issue 129 December 23, 2010
Make custom labels for your guitars!
Dan Erlewine's making a forgery of an old Gibson label, using his brother as an accomplice (he's got a good excuse). While he's at it, he shows how you can make new custom labels for your own guitars.
Money talk: estimating prices for repair work Trade Secrets! Issue 72 October 16, 2008
Money talk: estimating prices for repair work
Dan Erlewine shows the steps of inspecting a customer's guitar, and gives advice on repair prices for the work required.
Packing a Guitar in a Case for Shipment Product Instructions I-TS0334
Packing a Guitar in a Case for Shipment
Download this PDF to support StewMac Trade Secrets Video #334.
Shaping a Custom Guitar Peghead Product Instructions I-TS0335
Shaping a Custom Guitar Peghead
Download this PDF to support StewMac Trade Secrets Video #335.
StewMac Pedal Mod Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-2215
StewMac Pedal Mod Kit Instructions
Make all your pedals sound and play great.
StewMac's Own Players Picks of 2019 StewMac's Own Players Picks of 2019
We picked the gear we really want.
StewMAX Shipping: How It Works Product Instructions A-STEWMAX
StewMAX Shipping: How It Works
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, The Ceramic Guitar
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Trade Secrets! Issue 266 July 14, 2016
The Ceramic Guitar
A really unusual guitar just came in to Dan Erlewine’s shop. Something Dan’s never seen before: a kiln-fired, ceramic guitar. Erick Coleman helps Dan do some sleuthing on this oddball, and they uncover the surprising story.
The Tree: The Most Notorious Tonewood in the World The Tree: The Most Notorious Tonewood in the World
The discovery, the history, and the legend.
We cracked the pre-war code! We cracked the pre-war code!
Compare the details we meticulously matched to recreate these priceless pre-war acoustic guitars.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Why Build a StewMac Acoustic Guitar Kit?
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Why Build a StewMac Acoustic Guitar Kit?
If you've ever thought about building your own acoustic guitar, but weren't sure where to start, you should check out one of our Acoustic Guitar Kits.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Why do you have so many guitars?!
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Trade Secrets! Issue 223 August 14, 2014
Why do you have so many guitars?!
Dakota Dave Hull is a pro touring guitarist, a veteran of years on the road. Lugging a half dozen heavy guitar cases, he stopped by Dan Erlewine’s shop and answered some questions, starting with “Why so many?!"

Whether he's performing at the renowned Caffe Lena or at a house concert in the Midwest, Dave carries a lot of guitars. We’re pleased that all of these guitars have Waverly tuners, available exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald!
Wiring diagrams for Telecaster Super Switch mod Product Instructions I-TS0340
Wiring diagrams for Telecaster Super Switch mod
Download this PDF to support StewMac Trade Secrets Video #340.
Wood Sizing Information Product Instructions A-WOODSIZE
Wood Sizing Information
Learn about how we size our curated sets of high quality tonewood.