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Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Shop

Clockwise, from top: Steve Miller, Elliot John-Conry, Dan Erlewine, Todd Sams, study a vintage Gibson sunburst.

I operate my current shop in Athens, Ohio, where I have been for 30 years. In 2016, I built a new shop (pictured above) behind my house. It's bigger and better than ever.  I also offer limited, private courses in guitar repair and building for serious students looking to build their skills. Students typically spend from a weekend to several weeks or more on arrangement with me (private basement apartment included). Along with teaching many complicated repair techniques, I enjoy teaching the basics — frets, nuts, bridges, adjustment, and setup — the heartbeat of any repair shop.

About Dan Erlewine

Dan Erlewine has made his living as a guitar repairman and builder since 1963, when he apprenticed at The Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then he has owned and operated his own shop, under several names and in several locations: Erlewine Instruments in Ann Arbor (1969 — 1975); Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Hospital in Big Rapids, Michigan (1975 — 1986); and Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Shop in Athens, Ohio (1986 — present).

In 1984 Dan produced “Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Hospital” — a seven-volume series of videotapes on guitar repair, maintenance, and setup. In 2001 he produced “Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Shop” — an all-new DVD series on the same subjects. Dan was also the monthly repair columnist for Guitar Player Magazine for fifteen years, and a frequent contributor to Bass Player Magazine, Guitar Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine. Dan is also the author of numerous books, including “Guitar Player Repair Guide,” “How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great,” and “Gibson's Fabulous Flattops," published by Hal Leonard.