Eric Daw—a 20 year guitar repair veteran—talks guitar tech, guitar repair, guitar tools, guitar building, and all things relating to the art of guitar craft. Eric takes calls, reads emails, and interviews a myriad of guitar industry moguls.
Ep 121 – Q&A
In this episode, Eric and Melissa takes question about Jerry Garcia's guitars built by Doug Irwin, stranded vs solid core wire, cutting nut slots, cutting saddle slots, and when is a guitar neck just too far gone? Find out in today's thrilling episode.
Ep 120 – Rick Tish from playersgearmusic.com
In this episode, Eric takes a question about removing residue from the finish on a pre-CBS custom color Fender Stratocaster, and interviews Rick Tish from playersgearmusic.com about Rick's shop where he sells used and refurbished guitars, and does repairs also. The big news is that Rick has started manufacturing Neck Straightening Irons and is offering them for sale at his website. Fret Files listeners can get a discount, listen to the episode for more info.
Ep 119 – Q&A
In this episode, Eric and Melissa take questions about humming Charlie Christian pickups, Eric's "secret" out of phase wiring trick, cool Japanese guitars to look out for, brass bridge pins, refretting an ebony fretboard and more.
Ep 118 – Q&A
In this episode, Eric and Melissa take questions about cryogenic fret wire, Jazzmaster wiring, linear pots, adjustable saddles on Gibson acoustics, adjustable polepieces on a P-90 pickup, and does tone really "come from the hands?"
Ep 117 – Q&A and a Quiz
In this episode, Eric and Melissa take questions about nickel hardware, Gretsch Guitars, a hipshot multibender, switch tips that won't stay on, lacquer recommendations, and more. Also, Eric gives Melissa a surprise quiz, "Knob or Pickup?" - and she gets most of them right!
Ep 116 – Q&A & Scott Freilich
In this episode, Eric takes questions concerning when and how to lubricate tuning machines, fretting a compound radius, why are luthier's turnaround times so long, when is a guitar a lost cause, and more. Also, we replay an interview with Scott Freilich from 2018. Scott passed away earlier this year, and this is just our tribute to him.