Dan Erlewine is undoubtably one of the great masters of guitar repair, but what really sets him apart is his willingness to share the techniques and tricks he's picked up over the years. Too many books gloss over the details- "now attach the bind..." Atach it? How? To what? WIth what glue? The reader is left wondering, and eventually gives up or tries hit and miss to figure it out. But Erlewine takes you through the whole process step by step, assuming nothing. He'll show you how to replace a bit of chipped inlay, or a cracked top, using tools you can buy and some you can make yourself as well. Simply the best book for the beginner and the expert alike.
Any Luthier or Luthier wannabe will find this reference a nirvana of guitar goodies. Dan Erlewine is the modern master of guitar repair and set-up and his text is proof. You might have run across his tips and techniques in Stewart-McDonald's Guitar Shop Supply Catalog. This book is not only helpful for a plethora of repair tips; it is also a must-have for any guitarist. Erlewine shares his knowledge of how the guitar works and how to make yours sound and play it's best. You'll love this one!
The first time I looked through this book I found it to be very informative. I was sorry the next time I looked for it and could not find it on the store shelf. Found it again and this time I bought it. I had a Les Paul copy with a headstock that was cracked down into the neck (really wierd break) and I had glued it up the best I could without this book. Came out good but the problems that followed were buzzing notes and intonation. I learned alot about the problems I was having using this book and was able to get the guitar sounding better than it ever had. A must have reference.
Anyone who knows of Dan Erlewine(?) or has seen his repair videos knows that he is a genius repairman! This book took me from knowing nothing about guitar repair- to doing my own fret jobs! This book is way under-priced once you realize how much money you are saving in repairs. Plus, no more waiting 2 weeks to get your guitar back from the shop just to realize that the bonehead who "fixed" it actually totally screwed it up! In this book, Dan explains everything in 'real-people' terms and really lines it out for you- lots of pictures!!! A MUST HAVE!
Quite simply, this book has already paid for itself many times over in the money it has saved me in teaching me to do my own professional quality set-ups. Should be on the bookshelf of any serious guitarist or bassist.
I agree completely with the other reviewers, but would like to say that in addition to the excellent technical information of guitar/bass mainatnenace, there is very useful historical information contained in the Guide. For instance, if you've ever wondered about the evolution of Fender guitar and bass neck shapes over the years... its covered in two interesting sections, one on guitars neck shapes and another on bass neck shapes. On the maintenenace front, even if you get a luthier to do all your setups and adjustments etc, this book is still very valuable in terms of being able to develop a basic understanding of what luthiers do.... so that you can establish a meaningful to a dialogue with a luthier on exactly what it is you are wanting them to do for you.
This book is essential. If you touch your guitar with anythingother than a polishing cloth or your fingers, Read This Book First!
Comprehensive in scope, exhaustive in detail, and informed by experience, Erlewine's book is written colorfully and has the answer to any problem a player or repairman is likely to face, whether it be finish damage, structural cracks, or fine tuning the action and setup. About the only place where the book is less than encyclopedic is in its treatment of pickups and electronics, but even here, Erlewine covers the basics and the most common problems.
I have used the information in this book to help me build a guitar from scratch; it saved my butt a few times.
Diese Werk lässt keine Fragen mehr offen. Zu jeder Bauart der unterschiedlichsten Gitarrentypen gibt es detaillierte Anleitungen und interessante Tipps. Mr. Erlewine ist wahrhaft ein Meister seines Faches und dieses Buch so etwas wie die Gitarrenbibel.