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Dan Erlewine is a widely respected guitar builder and repairman. As the author of Guitar Player's popular "Repairs" column, he has shown thousands of guitar owners how to keep their instruments in top condition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 3 Pap/DVD edition (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey Smith on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Dan Erlewine's latest edition of the Guitar Player Repair Guide is a worthy update. There are numerous additions and updates anyone familiar with the previous editions should check out. If you are new to the guitar, this book is the maintenance and repair guide than will help you maintain your investment, and even give you great tips on how to hod-rod, customize or fix your guitar.

The book is organized and logically arranged with Basic, DIY and Deep sections in each chapter. Electric, Acoustic and Bass guitars are all covered with detailed narrative and clear pictures.

Even if you are not up to jobs like fret work or truss rod adjustments, this book will prepare you to talk with your friendly neighborhood guitar repair guy about getting your guitar back to its former glory.

Very highly recommended. Make this your first purchase for your guitar dedicated bookshelf (doesn't everyone have those?).
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I renovate cheap flee market/garage sale"rescue guitars"And I hotrod guitars for friends+family !Until now,the 2nd edition GPRG has been my bible.The new 3rd edition is amazing + it comes with a DVD.From basic cleaning and set up for do it your selfers ,to advanced repair, this book is a MUST HAVE!!!!!If you want to make a cheap guitar play like a million bucks or simply keep the old (expensive/vintage)work horse working BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! It will save you more $$$ than the books cover price + your guitar will thank you ...
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The author of this book works for Stew-Mac; he knows his stuff and he's an innovator. The best part of this book is that the author has made all the mistakes and so he gives you additional steps for 'just in case' so if you follow his exact instructions (exactly!) you will avoid the pitfalls that you could have never have seen coming. Can you damage the finish by replacing a nut? Yes, it's very, very common and he tells you all the pitfalls and how to avoid them. This book will also tell you if you need to buy a specialized tool for the job at hand or if you can get by with a generic tool. Another big plus is that this is perhaps the only repair/setup book that gets updated periodically as new techniques, tools and innovations are introduced into the craft.

Aside from things like truss rod and bridge adjustments on electrics, or saddles and replacing tuning keys, almost everything else requires that you purchase dedicated tools to do each of the jobs right. For example, yes you can shape a nut with a generic file and sandpaper, but to file the slots for the strings you must purchase at set of six graduated files that correspond to the gauge of each of the strings to be used (.10, .13, .17, etc). So if you're planning on doing nuts for your acoustics and electrics, you need close to 24 graduated files; (6 for a light acoustic set and 6 for a medium acoustic set) and the same for electrics (another 6 and 6). There's a little crossover on a few of the gauges and you can 'file wide' on a few but otherwise there's no way around springing for a bunch of slot files. It adds up fast. If you already own a fine woodworking shop and are a very experienced woodworker, you can maybe find alternate ways of doing things but for most of us, a specialized tool will be required. Really.
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First off... The kindle version has no embedded videos that would have been on the included DVD. It would have been nice if the Amazon write-up would have explained that. Unfortunately the kindle version was the same write up as for the paperback version, and referenced an "included DVD." for that reason I'm taking away a star. Poor, inaccurate write up.

The lacking video issue not withstanding, this is an outstanding reference and includes information on all of the repairs / maintenance that a serious player needs to know. What surprised me was the wealth of information on advanced repairs that are really more suited to someone with advanced knowledge/experience and very comfortable with the techniques and tools described. This is exactly what I needed: a guide to regular set-ups and maintenance, and a basic understanding of the more advanced techniques of how guitars are repaired, including tools and techniques used by techs and luthiers. This information and knowledge is critical when deciding who to allow to fix your guitar or bass! Being able to discuss and understand the concepts will lead you to better decision making.

My last complaint is in the OCR used to scan the text into an electronic format for the kindle. Poor follow-up editing on the electronic version resulted in numerous misspellings (such as exclamation marks being used for lower-case "L"s on occasion, and sentences or phrases with no spaces (whichlookslikethis). It's easy to read over and through these glitches, but honestly, you shouldn't have to.

I bought the kindle version because I like the idea of saving paper and printing costs and I use my e-reader for nearly all of my books now, but knowing what I know now about the lack of a DVD and the sloppy editing, I would have chosen the print version.
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When I got my first guitar in 1984 I also got a copy of the most recent Guitar Player magazine. Inside that magazine was a column by Dan Erlewine on guitar repair and maintenance. That column turned out to be the most valuable of all the ones in the magazine. Over the next year, reading Dan's column inspired me to want to learn more about the instrument, how to set it up, repair, maintain and even customize my cheap electric guitar. Over the years, I have built and repaired many guitars for local bands and musicians and the most valuable resources that I have in my library are the magazines with Dan's columns, books he has written and videos he has published. This book is the bible for anyone that wants to know the proper way to string a guitar, stretch strings, tweak and maintain the instrument. I bought this book again to give to my 18 year-old nephew who is interested in helping his friends maintain their instruments and to learn more about them. After just a couple of days of thumbing through it, he told me it was the best book he had ever seen on the guitar. This is the most comprehensive book you will find on this subject and I have bought and read almost all of them. Even if, like me, you own the first or second editions of this book YOU MUST have this edition as well. It has so much more information in it that you will refer back to it no matter how long you work on or play guitar.

Dan works for Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Supply (stewmac.com) and publishes a newsletter called Trade Secrets, which is a wonderful appendix to this book. They also have most of the parts and tools that you need to work on guitars. If you only get one book to learn about taking care of your guitar - THIS IS THE BOOK YOU NEED!
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