|Trade Secrets!Issue 177 November 08, 2012|
A shrinking pickguard cracks the guitar top!
In Dan Erlewine's shop: This Martin D-35 has a cracked top due to the pull of a shrinking plastic pickguard. Dan fixes the problem and shows how to keep this happening from happening again.
|Product Instructions A-BUFFERBASE|
Buffer Base Plan
Instructions for building a wood platform to securely mount the buffing arbor and motor onto a bench or stand.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 212 March 13, 2014|
Coloring new binding to match the old stuff
We've watched Dan Erlewine repair this 1930s Kay over the previous 3 Trade Secrets. It's time to finish it up. Elliot John-Conry of EJC Guitars ages Dan's patch of new plastic binding so it blends in with the old binding around it.
About the guitar in this video: This 1930s Kay Deluxe is a fixer-upper that Dan Erlewine repaired in order to sell. Now that it's in great shape again, maybe Dan'll keep it!
|Product Instructions A-BLUEGUITAR|
Finishing a Blue Guitar
Dan Erlewine shows how to achieve a PRS-style finish with stains and aerosol lacquer.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 174 September 27, 2012|
Fixing a small chip in your guitar's finish
This issue of Trade Secrets is a video: Dan Erlewine demos three of his favorite finish repair tips:
1. Super glue drop fills.
2. Frank Ford's razor blade trick.
3. Strip-sanding with fingertip pressure.
|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.
|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!
|Product Instructions A-HOWTOHOLDIT|
How to Hold a Spray Gun
How to use spray equipment to get the best possible coverage.
|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.
|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.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 151 November 10, 2011|
How to strip a modern poly guitar finish
Erick Coleman's got a Fender bass with a purple metallic finish. He wants to spray an 1960s-style sunburst, but first he's got to get that hard plastic coating off of there...
|Trade Secrets!Issue 202 October 24, 2013|
Mamie Minch on guitar oxidation: instant aging
Chemicals that add or remove years: Mamie Minch shows how she fades away old brown oxidation ù or adds it, to make a new patch of spruce match the surrounding wood.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 201 October 10, 2013|
Michi Matsuda's gunpowder scorched guitar
West/East concept guitar: Michihiro Matsuda taught guitar design at Galloup Guitars' Northwoods Guitar Seminar in August. We were lucky enough to get this video as Bryan Galloup interviewed Michi about his unique gunpowder scorching.
|Product Instructions I-5561|
Micro Finishing Papers
Micro finishing papers cut more quickly and smoothly than other finishing papers, leaving no scratches when used properly.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 11 January 04, 2007|
Mixing red epoxy for cherry-finish repairs
This week, somebody's attempt to fix a 1960 Les Paul is an example of what not to do. Dan Erlewine tries an experiment that saves this smashed-up guitar's finish: he creates cherry-red epoxy.
|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.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 200 September 26, 2013|
Scraping for sharp looking binding: here's how it's done!
The king of Gibson relic finishes: Tom Murphy is well known as Gibson's go-to guy for relic finishes: perfectly worn and age-cracked. Tom's business, Guitar Preservation, makes this a specialty. In this week's Trade Secret he shows us how to make and use a scraper for cleaning binding after spraying a sunburst.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 106 February 04, 2010|
Simple inlay repair on a Les Paul Triumph bass
This bass from the early '70s is in great shape except for a gaptoothed peghead inlay. Erick Coleman shows how to quickly replace a missing inlay, including coloring the new work to match the old.
|Product Instructions I-3080|
StewMac Guitar Buffer
Installation and safety instructions for the Buffing Arbor System.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 204 November 21, 2013|
Visiting Frank Ford, the King of Shop Tips!
Frank Ford is the man behind frets.com, one of the richest sources of lutherie tips to be found anywhere. He's a skilled luthier, machinist and inventor. Spend a few minutes in Frank's shop at Gryphon Instruments, and you'll come away smarter!