Mamie shared this great tip for making scratches disappear, while renowned guitar photographer John Peden shot closeup photos.
Erick Coleman shows how to quickly replace a missing inlay, including coloring the new work to match the old.
He shows how to make your own brace-fixing gizmos for a clean repair.Spencer returns the favor by giving us a guitar lesson.Before Dan Erlewine glues it back on, he explains the likely cause of this trouble: grain runout in the guitars cedar top.Its solid black walnut, with a fancy peghead inlay: a tiger image drawn by the customer.Dan Erlewine shows how to solve this problem.Issue 105 January 21, 2010 Which whisky coffret cadeau sandpaper to use for instrument work?Hot glue or bottled?He explains why one glue can't cover all the bases.Issue 88 May 28, 2009 Making a custom fire stripe pickguard to fit a baby guitar!That was also before Bloomfield and Dylan were booed for going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.Here's how to put new knobs on old tuners.Issue 310 July 26, 2018 How to stain a Fender maple fretboard This 1972 P-Bass neck came into Dan Erlewine's shop with a nasty curve that wouldn't adjust out.Issue 126 November 11, 2010 An emergency pickup transplant for Skeletonwitch Erick Coleman gets an urgent call on a Friday night: the Heavy Metal band Skeletonwitch needs some custom pickup work in time to head to Ozzfest in 24 hours!Issue 214 April 10, 2014 Banjo setup tips How do you set the tension on a banjo head?Issue 29 May 10, 2007 Removing a pickguard: easy way and hard way This week, Dan Erlewine's got two pickguard removals in his shop.Curing his Boogie Fever required a neck transplant, but Fender's Micro-Tilt neck adjustment makes that tricky.Step-by-step, Dan details how he does this tricky fix.Issue 69 September 04, 2008 How to open a humbucker and reverse the polarity Erick answers a customer question about reversing a humbucker's pickups, and finds that the hardest part is getting the cover off the pickup!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.They're for lots of things - check out the examples in this issue.
Dan shows how a little leveling and filing got her playing again.
Dan Erlewine has two bookmatched pieces that he needs to join into one.