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Using Titebond glue for guitar repair

Titebond is versatile, and its 5-minute working time gives you more wiggle room than other glues for neck-sets, brace repair and all sorts of glue-ups. More Info:,_

Installing guitar tuner knobs: trick for drilling holes

Dan Erlewine replaces rotted old tuner knobs on a 1950s steel guitar and an 1897 parlor guitar. Check out the neat trick for enlarging the holes with a drill press! If you have

StewMac Ultimate Scraper

Al Carruth shows how to use and sharpen the Ultimate Scraper: the best scraper for arched top instruments. This scraper is available at If you have questions, please

Binding repair on a ’55 Gretsch Roundup

A truss rod fix leads to a binding repair: Dan Erlewine shows two techniques for replacing red side dots on this great old cowboy guitar. From the free Trade Secrets newsletter at Subsc

1955 Gretsch with rotted plastic parts: replacement idea

After nearly 60 years, old celluloid parts start to crumble. Dan Erlewine builds replacement parts from a sheet of tortoiseshell pickguard plastic. From the free Trade Secrets newsletter at stewmac.

Stewart-Macdonald stewmac Soprano Ukulele Kit Sound Sample

Hi there, Here's a sound sample of my home made Kahakai Ukulele using Stewart-Macdonald soprano ukulele kit. Didn't have any instrument tool so only use what I have in the shed. Didn't turn out too

Dick Boak on historic Martin tenor guitars, part 1 of 2

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 Secre

Stewmac dreadnought sound demo

This is my first attempt at building a guiar. I'm quite happy with the result. I built this guitar in about 130 hours. The front is Sitka spruce. Back and sides are East Indian Rosewood. Neck is Maho