96 episodes

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.

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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 96 – Q&A

    Ep 96 – Q&A

    In this episode, Eric and Melissa answer emails with questions about removing fingerboards, polishing nickel hardware, removing minor scratches, Eric's favorite guitar tech books, and how to glue down that peeling Danelectro binding tape.

    • 44 min
    Ep 95 – Q&A

    Ep 95 – Q&A

    In this episode, Eric and Melissa answer calls and emails with questions like refretting maple Fender necks, relic'ing modern guitars, how to route pickup cavities, and more. Also discussed is the Emerald City Guitars video on PAF pickups which you can see here.

    • 44 min
    Ep 94 – Q&A

    Ep 94 – Q&A

    In this episode, Eric and Melissa do a little guitar news, and then answer questions about Les Paul wiring, installing side dots, using double sided tape when routing with templates, how to spot a refin, and what's the best products and methods for pore filling an open pore wood like ash when prepping for lacquer?

    • 47 min
    Ep 93 – Q&A

    Ep 93 – Q&A

    In this episode, Eric and Melissa answer questions about how to properly pack a guitar for shipping, what to do about finish cracks, how to optimize your guitar for low tunings, and some Bigsby talk. Enjoy!

    • 52 min
    Ep 92 – Horror Stories

    Ep 92 – Horror Stories

    In this episode, Eric and Melissa take a few questions (like what causes figuring in maple) and read submitted Guitar Horror Stories. Enjoy!

    • 34 min
    Ep 91 – Q&A

    Ep 91 – Q&A

    In this episode, Eric and Melissa take questions about Martin vs. Taylor neck joints, finishing with shellac, unoriented alnico magnets, helping a "stiff" feeling Telecaster, fixing detached binding, and more.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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Go here first with your questions

Eric Daw is a guy who knows things from experience. Don’t go to the forums and ask a pack of know-nothings like yourself!

jeffrey sus ,

great show

A must listen for all guitar lovers

branhan ,

A goldmine for guitar tinkerers and pro techs alike!

Just discovered this podcast and wish I had done so years ago! I’ve been tinkering on my own guitars for awhile, getting braver trying my hand on new repairs and mods and upgrade as I live in an area of the Midwest where the nearest reliable tech is at least an hour’s drive away. So I’ve started investing in myself via tools and books and time to look things up online and try to learn, and Eric and Melissa’s show is just the sort of supplement and encouragement I need to go further! It’s like auditing a master class every week. Thanks!!

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