The definitive book for finishing guitars and fretted instruments.
Learn from the pros: materials, equipment and techniques, plus three dozen recipes for famous finishes. This book helps give you the confidence to finish new instruments, refinish old ones, and perform flawless touch-ups.
The expanded 2nd edition features color stain mixing charts, a color gallery of vintage finishes, and detailed recipes for recreating them with professional results. Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step focuses on nitrocellulose lacquer, the most common guitar finish, but also includes addditional information on varnishes, oils and French polishing. Dan Erlewine’s color-illustrated essay guides you through the steps of modern waterbase finishing, too. 188 pages, softcover.
A partial list of contents:
Materials and tools
Abrasives • Solvents • Fillers • Colorants • Topcoats • Buffing materials and equipment
The basics of spray equipment • Sanding • Buffing • Basic finishing steps
Recipes for popular finishes
Fender blond, sunbursts and solids • Gibson goldtop, cherry red and sunbursts • Basic Martin-style finish • Lots more!
Stain mixing color charts • Examples of vintage finishes • Waterbase finishing steps