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Help with binding

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by pauloaof, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. pauloaof

    pauloaof NEW MEMBER!

    Sep 7, 2020
    Hey there guys.

    I've a new project in mind and I'd like to wrap a guitar in a mother of pearl cellulose sheet. The thing is the body of the guitar has really round edges and the binding have to be in the middle of the side of the guitar (please see picture below. Its the look I'm going for)

    In the link below you can see the details of the side of the guitar with the binding:

    So I've got 3 questions:

    1. How do I bend and shape this kind of cellulose sheet?
    2. What could I use to glue it to the body?
    3. How could I bind/cover the seams of the sheets?

    Really appreciate your help, guys!


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  2. GunsOfBrixton

    GunsOfBrixton Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 9, 2011
    Rochester, NY
    How thick is the sheet?
    How big is a sheet?

    Bending is most likely going to require carefully applied heat. A blow dryer or a paint stripper.

    As to what glue to use, I would suggest trying a few different kinds on samples. Contact cement perhaps, duco cement, perhaps super glue.

    For the joints, just match them up as closely as possible and leave as is.

    Is the guitar body flat? Front and back? Any arm or belly contours?

    If I was going to try this, I would cut the shape of the body out of the sheet. Oversized by at least half the thickness of the guitar body. Attach the sheet to the guitar using a few pieces of double sided tape, enough so it holds but not so much as you can't get the sheet off. Once attached, use a heat gun to carefully heat the edge where it will bend over the top, and slowly start to bend the sheet over. I would work slowly and carefully.

    Once you have it fitted, remove it, then the tape, then glue it back down.

    Route the side edge to create a straight line for the binding. If you are going to also cover the back, you may have to approach the sides differently.
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  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
  4. old wrench

    old wrench Friend of Leo's

    Feb 2, 2017
    corner of walk and don't walk
    That looks like a pretty challenging project :) !!!

    I don't know what kind of regulations you have in Ireland, but here in the States they have a pretty hefty surcharge on shipments of celluloid because of it's flammability.

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