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Review: Guitar Player Repair Guide

Review: Guitar Player Repair Guide

Dan Erlewine

Backbeat Books (originally Miller Freeman), 309 pp.

ISBN 0-87903-291-7 (ISBN 0-87930-188-0)

Originally published in American Lutherie #26, 1991 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Three, 2004

This book is a must-have! Published recently, Dan’s book is a very up-to-date reference source for anyone in the repair field. It is very comprehensive in scope and covers all the major areas of guitar repair with an emphasis on electrics.

The author’s conversational writing style, combined with excellent photographs and drawings, make this book very enjoyable to read. Starting with basics like intonation and neck evaluation, Dan moves on to cover everything from finishing to refretting.

Speaking of fretting techniques, this section alone is worth the price of the book. His epoxy technique for refretting is similar to others that I’ve seen and tried (Teeter, Sadowsky) but I much prefer Dan’s approach of gluing two frets at a time. I’ve used his system for the last two years and the results are excellent.

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