The Internet is a digital fire hose of free information. There’s some really great stuff out there, and then there’s a whole lotta stuff that’s… not so great. That said, I sometimes get asked where I go to get my information on guitar care, repair, maintenance, etc.
I’m old enough that I pre-date the Internet, so for me it all started with books, magazines, and VHS videos. That’s all we had back then. My tattered copy of The Guitar Player Repair Guide is still my go-to book for essential information, but there are also a few online resources that I trust and visit often. Here, I’ll list and link to each, and tell you why I like them so much.
The Guitar Resources I Trust
Sully Guitars (YouTube)
I’ve been watching Sully’s guitar-building videos on YouTube for years now, and have come very close (several times) to traveling to Texas to take one of his week-long guitar building classes. I got to meet Jon Sullivan (aka “Sully”) and check out his guitars in-person at NAMM in January of 2018, and his work is immaculate. Be sure you visit his website too at www.sullyguitars.com.
Highline Guitars (YouTube)
Here’s another guitar builder I’ve been watching on YouTube for a few years now. Chock-full of guitar building demos and tips, Chris Monck is a master builder I discovered back when I was highly active on Twitter. If you’re interested in building guitars, there’s hours and hours of good stuff to watch here. Be sure you also check out Chris’s website (and his custom guitars) at www.highlineguitars.com.
O’Brien Guitars “Luthier Tips du Jour” (Website)
I love watching Robert O’Brien’s “Luthier Tips du Jour.” He usually covers more advanced techniques, repairs, and building topics, but you never know when that kind of knowledge will come in handy. Plus, I’m just a guitar nerd like that. Though I don’t build guitars or actively offer repair/tech services anymore, I still love the stuff. In addition to these YouTube tips, Robert also sells a number of in-depth guitar building courses on his website.
Crimson Custom Guitars (YouTube)
I’ve been following Ben Crowe’s channel for 6 years now–pretty much from the time he published his first video. I’ve watched him grow as a luthier and seen his business grow and diversify as well. It’s been fun to watch, and I’ve learned a ton about guitar building and maintenance from him. Be sure you check out his website too at crimsonguitars.com.
Haze Guitars (Blog)
Gerry Hayes is an ace luthier with a blog that’s both educational and entertaining. On his website, he offers a number of helpful guides and e-books that you can download. I ordered one of his “Sketchy Setups” guitar setup guides awhile back, just to see what they were all about, and was so impressed that I became an affiliate and now offer them here on my blog. Lastly, Gerry is just an all-around nice guy, so definitely check out his blog as well as his custom guitars.
Dave’s World of Fun Stuff (YouTube)
As long as you’re not bothered by the occasional f-bomb, Dave really knows his stuff and his videos are laugh-out-loud entertaining too. Guitar maintenance and repair isn’t always the most exciting subject, but Dave manages to keep it interesting and fun with this humor. I discovered Dave’s channel thanks to my readers. I can’t tell you how many people over the years have written to me or commented on my blog posts, “… have you seen ‘Dave’s World of Fun Stuff’ on YouTube?” Well, I checked him out and immediately subscribed to his channel.
StewMac Trade Secrets (YouTube)
The vast majority of my early learning comes courtesy of StewMac and Dan Erlewine’s books and videos. Back in the 90’s (before we had the Internet), I spent a lot of moolah on StewMac educational resources. First, I got my feet wet with the Guitar Player Repair Guide, and then went on to buy some of their videos and DVD’s on more advanced guitar repair and maintenance topics. Now that we’ve got the Internet at our disposal, I just drop in and check out StewMac’s Trade Secrets from time-to-time.
This website won’t win any design awards, but if you can get past the dated look and layout, it’s absolutely chock-full of information on vintage guitars. It’s an invaluable resource that I’ve gone to many times to help answer people’s questions on older instruments.
So there ya go. Oh sure, I’ve checked out others here and there over the years, but these are the ones that I go back to consistently (or subscribe to) for information on guitar care, repair, and building.
What Are YOUR Favorites?
Do you have favorite resource where you go to learn about this stuff? Let me know in the “Leave a Reply” section down below and I’ll check ’em out.