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Smooth arm contour?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by freatles, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. freatles

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    Not sure how much that is when compared to US dollars, but the less expensive one will work just fine. It will also come in very handy should you decide to do more work in the future!

    The idea for the saw is to carefully cut the binding so that the edges are not rough and the binding remaining does not peel off the body.
     
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    I've made a few of these arm rests to fit on the top binding of acoustics.... a little boomerang...

    you can buy black plastic ones online.. one of those would blend into a black tele...:)

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    So, the plot thickens.

    - I got some comments that there must be something wrong with my picking hand technique if its touching the guitar body, that I'm "planting it" when it should hover or float. o_O Not that I can get a saw or tools on NYE anyway, but this needs considering.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I should think whacking of part of the body would really kill its resale value. Getting a project body and use your parts would make sense to me. If I’m not happy with a guitar, or even if I’m just bored with one, I move on.
     
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    Not a good idea. There are other ways to combat your issue. Sorry but I don't have a solution but, I would not go butchering a guitar for a problem like that.
     
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    My Squire Telecaster is plywood underneath a very very nice black finish. I know because I turned it into 72 custom. Making the hole for the humbucker was very easy.
     
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    When in doubt, buy another guitar. Works for me.

    To me, the binding makes relieving the body unfeasible. No way to make that binding gap pretty, I don't think.
     
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    I find PRS top cuts grab my arm too. I have just placed a nice small piece to leather on with some low rack double sided tape. Works wonders. Never had an issue with my Am Pro Tele.
     
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    Having to cut through the binding would be a deal breaker for me. I'm not skilled in such matters, but it does seem that it would be difficult to settle.
    As far as arm position goes, I tend to lay my elbow on top of the body and reach my long arm around.
     
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    Something like this works: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/veritas-cornering-tool-set
     
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    An angle grinder and then sanding would do the trick. Pencil mark the area and grind away But with binding, I would not attempt it. Unless you plan on removing it all and refinishing the entire body.
     
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    I'm siding with Ron and Trev333 on the arm rests. I didn't think of that!
     
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    Something you can do as a trial, is take a microfiber cloth (or anything really) and tape it to the area where you want the armrest or contour.

    This way you can see if it makes enough of a difference to warrant investing the time/energy in the more permanent solution.

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    Or, if you want to change the way you pick to not contact the body, use a spiked dog collar thingy instead of the cloth. ;)
     
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