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Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Shop

Happy New Year! If you’re going to the NAMM show Jan. 16-19 in L.A., stop by my booth in the "Boutique Builder’s Showcase." I’ll be presenting 2020 replicas of two guitars that I made for big heroes of mine in the early ’70s: Albert King and Jerry Garcia. I’ve made a number of one-off guitars over the years, but these two are the ones that I am most proud of, and am enjoying building again. Thanks, Dan Erlewine

About my shop

I operate my current shop in Athens, Ohio, where I have been for 30 years. In 2016, I built a new shop 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.

New! Guitar Repair workshops!

Click here to find out how you can attend one of my new small group workshops with several of my guitar repair colleagues who are experts in their fields. The next workshop is coming up Feb. 22/23!

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.