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Telecaster binding

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by benjamintwells, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. benjamintwells

    benjamintwells TDPRI Member

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    I may be posting this is the wrong area, so forgive me in advance.

    Would anyone be able, or be willing to bend curly maple binding for a telecaster for me? I’ve tried it all, and I’m just terrible at bending wood or too poor to keep trying. That’s my excuse.

    If so, how much will you charge? It’s a one off for one guitar; potentially binding both top and bottom. It’s shaped with Ron Kirn's template. (Thanks Ron)
     
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    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    why don't you take it to a local luthier and ask for help?
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don't k now if this is what you're thinking of.. but perhaps..



    IF not... wood binding is thin... You can steam it easily with an Iron and a wet paper towel.. it will soften it to the extent it can become quite compliant..

    rk
     
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    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    I bind almost all of my guitars in wood. When I'm making an acoustic guitar I bend the binding at the same time as the sides in a Fox bender. If I'm doing a guitar that doesn't have bent sides (like a tele) I bend the binding over a hot pipe into a mold the same shape. Here I'm bending flamed maple for a jazz archtop

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    On this guitar I also bound the head and fretboard, as well as the pick guard and f-holes.

    I do break pieces of wood when I'm bending so I always make extra. Flamed wood like maple is particularly hard to make the tight bends - the wood tends to pull apart at the flames. I'll frequently have to glue down little sections with some CA.

    I have bound my tele in rosewood with reasonable success

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  5. benjamintwells

    benjamintwells TDPRI Member

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    I’ll start asking around. I don’t know any locals right now.

     
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    Thanks Ron, that’s a great tip. I’ve been trying curly maple with no luck. I don’t have a bending iron, I’ve been trying it with a heat gun.

    I’m going to see if I can find a local luthier. For some reason I haven’t even looked for one, and that was a really good tip.

     
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    That’s gorgeous.

    Thank you for all of the tips as well. I really appreciate you sending those.

     
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