1972 Dan Erlewine Les Paul. Made alongside Albert King’s “Lucy” Flying V and Jerry Garcia’s Stratishcaster guitars and using the same black walnut, maple, and Brazilian rosewood. The walnut was a tree that had been cut, milled, and stored in a barn in 1925 on a farm outside of Ann Arbor and acquired by Dan. #customguitars #boutiqueguitars #danerlewine #albertking #jerrygarcia...
So excited about this guitar… This is an irisguitar DE-11 Dan Erlewine model and there is nothing else like it. Inspired by Dan’s 1930s Kalamazoo. V-shaped neck, Rickard rear-mount banjo tuning machines, an Adirondack spruce top, a satin finish, as well as Honduran mahogany back, sides, and neck. Most intriguing, its neck extends past the nut before transitioning into the ears of the peghead, and threaded brass inserts in the fingerboard accept screw-down capos. Available now!
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This special irisguitar DE-11 Dan Erlewine model is a little different than a standard DE-11. It is still inspired by Dan’s 1937 Kalamazoo KG-11 but this guitar does not have the built in capo system, extended headstock and banjo style tuners of the standard DE-11. A great choice for players looking for vintage vibe and tones in a guitar with modern playability! Spruce over mahogany. Available now. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
A Special Event Sunday 3pm!! Ian Davlin ianhatesguitars will be hosting the one and only Dan Erlewine monsterfret to talk about the greatest contraption known to the fretting universe! The Neck Jig! Dan invented the neck jig decades ago and it changed the world of fretting forever.
I've been a neck jigger for more than 30 years and I gotta tell you, I'm excited about this one. Dan's going to be covering the what, why and how of the jig and it's history. Scroll through the pictures to see some of the versions of the neck jig we've use over the years and some fun we've had with the greatest mousetrap ever created!
How can you participate? Easy, join Ian's IHG patreon group at ianhatesguitars.com to get in on the fun. Ian's group of wayward luthiers is a fantastic platform to get to know other looths, learn from one another about the craft and connect with luthierians from all over the planet. The greatest part is the "Loothalong" where twice a week you can work in your shop with dozens of other luthiers, learn from one another, ask questions, talk shop and get advice. Just this afternoon while working in my touch-up room I was hanging with Dan and Evan Gluck newyorkguitarrepair talking about jigs, frets, finishing and vises - until the conversation moved to Dan's gourmet fried sandwiches.
For less than the price of the cup of Starbucks you spilled on your bench this morning you could have been hanging out with us. Head over to ianhatesguitars.com or ianhatesguitars to sign up before the big event with Dan tomorrow.
I'll be there and participating. I'll see you there!
A question I get asked a lot from y’all out there is if I can recommend any books about guitar and amp repair. While cleaning out the shop, I found some good ones for you…
Well, there’s obviously nothing like real world experience, but if you’re wanting to dive a bit deeper into the world of instrument repair, I highly suggest you start by checking out several of these books to get your feet wet.
monsterfret and stewmac_guitar have done a fantastic job of creating instructional books, tips and even a video series to showcase some of the most common repair techniques and industry “trade secrets” in regard to instrument repair.
The Ultimate Bench Repair book by Lee Jackson is also a pretty great read.
If you’re serious about guitar repair, you should also go follow ianhatesguitars and sign up for his Patreon page. He is the master Jedi of finish repairs and fixing broken things!
Never stop learning and if you’re having fun learning, you’re doing something right. Good luck out there!!!
Three decades later, Dan monsterfret and Bryan have re-teamed to reproduce Albert King’s iconic V, “Lucy”. To ensure these instruments not only look and feel the same, Dan used the last of his original Lucy wood to build one for joebonamassa and myself. Very happy to be a part of Dan and Alberts legacy.
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Using a pin vise (small twist drill) to get through the clear coat helps reduce the possibility of chipping the paint. That’s how I start all holes through paint. Then countersink in reverse, etc, etc. STAY TUNED FOR A CRUCIAL BUILD TIP for Strats mostly, but everyone can benefit. #Warmoth #pinvise #stewmac_guitar #buildboutique #makeyourownelectricguitar #danerlewine #StewMac...
In 2022, Dan Erlewine’s “Guitar Rx” column walked readers through a class-project guitar build by Ceil Thompson. It’s the epitome of custom-made cool, and here she uses it to play one of rock’s greatest melodies for VG followers, accompanied by Dan on the Iris DE-11 profiled in his January ’22 column. Read how Ceil finished the build in the December issue. Watch the entire video by clicking the Link in our bio and then “Ceil Thompson” on our homepage.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love doing fret work. I especially love re-fretting a guitar you forgot actually used to shred cuz it’s been borderline unplayable for so long. Just lifeless and unenjoyable to play because you loved it too hard for so long… Frets so low you can barely bend strings, lifting/loose frets that kill sustain/tone or deep indents near the nut area from destroying parties with drunken cowboy chord covers.
I’m a fan of the sound a well seated, glued in fret offers vs one that was just hammered or pressed in raw. There is something harmonious that happens after filling every void between fret tang and slot. Here's an excerpt from a Stew-Mac "Trade Secrets" newsletter: "Try this yourself: Glue a fret or two, then tap a bone nut blank on one of them. Listen to the sound. Now tap an unglued fret. The glued frets create a fuller sound that actually vibrates through the neck. You can see how this translates to better overall tone."
Do you think gluing frets makes a difference? Do you prefer to save your glue for sniffing?? What are some good glues I should be sniffing or fretting with? Help me out here, I’m ready to party.
Here’s a fun throwback from November of 2002. This was taken after my first one-on-one weekend workshop with Dan. Little did I know at the time, my career path would change within the following year and I’d be moving to Athens. Hard to believe this was almost 19 years ago! #guitarrepair #guitarshop #tbt #stratocaster #stadiumguitar #danerlewine #stewmac #luthier #luthiery...
1/22 pressed in with a drill press, and a 12” radius brass caul. Titebond ready-use hide glue under the fret. Tang nipped away 1/16” from edge to eliminate fret sprout. Fret ends will receive a tiny drop of CA glue, and after dressing, I will fill the end of each slot with epoxy wood putty by Abatron with powdered tint added to match the rosewood. I already can see this fret job is going to be a huge improvement and very precise. I took intense care in board preparation and restoration to the thousandth of an inch. #DIYguitar #makeyourownelectricguitar #ESP400series #Yngwie #scallopedfretboard #danerlewine #stewmac #melvynhiscock #emgpickups...