Best Double-Bound "Body Builder"

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  1. markesquire

    markesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm looking for the best double-bound body. Alder, correct size/color binding, etc. I haven't (yet) decided whether I want nitro or poly.

    Warmoth makes excellent stuff, but I can't quite tell whether their binding is wider than the traditional Fender stuff. The few photos that I've seen make the binding look really thick.

    USA Custom Guitars also seems to have good stuff, but I'm interested in others' opinions.

    Any other options?
     
  2. derekwarner

    derekwarner TDPRI Member

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    Mark......

    Remember earlier Fender [USA] built guitars were manufactured in Imperial dimensions, Japanese, Korean or Taiwanese guitars made under Licence to Fender are manufactured to Metric dimensions

    The binding on my totally original 1970 Tele is 5/16" wide.....a simple whole unit of measure in USA

    However in the Far East or Asia, the roll of white plastic binding material will be 8.0 mm wide

    So whilst the width difference is in the case minimal, it is an example of dimensional rounding

    In your second paragraph, you are introducing a visual aspect of a second dimension....'thickness'

    My understanding is with the original US made guitars, the binding was hand scraped to flatness post gluing......I have no idea of the current CNC production manufacturing

    Derek



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  3. Verne Bunsen

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    I’m not sure if it will help you, but here is a picture of my double bound Warmoth that gives a pretty true representation of the binding proportions. I’m not home, else I’d measure it for you.
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  4. Fretting out

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    If you want it painted in nitro I’d check out MJT their bodies are pretty accurate to fender specs and you can get whatever type of nitro paint job you want
    I’m not sure what shipping to you would add to the cost

    And don’t quote me on this but I thought I heard once they source their bodies from USACG but I’m not positive
     
  5. Unionjack515

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    MJT acquired USACG recently, so yes.

    Guitar Mill is another option (run by Mario Martin). Excellent stuff.
     
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    Warmoth makes a great double bound body, but they are really expensive in my opinion.
     
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    One typically controls the width of visible binding by scraping color coat off the binding accordingly prior to applying the clear coat.
     
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    Very true..... I would never knock their quality, but some of their nicer parts are more spendy than authentic CS pieces that have been parted out... Which is ridiculous IMO.

    I had MJT finish a double bound body from USACG (Before they bought them out) and it was outstanding, and almost half the price Warmoth quoted... I'll dig up a pic tomorrow and post it.

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  9. EsquireOK

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    I would definitely favor Rutters, Musikraft, or Guitar Mill over Warmoth.

    ...except factory fresh. Go with MJT, and you are forced into at least some degree of "Relic" finish.

    Guitar Mill is better for finishing IMO, and very reasonably priced for it.
     
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