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05-21-2016 03:36 PM

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has anyone ever put binding on a new guitar? I need some advice

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#1 posted 05-21-2016 04:46 PM

If I had a how to question about guitars here on LJs, after seeing some of his work I would seek out Loren’s advice.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 05-21-2016 04:50 PM

I have never done any binding, so no personal experience to relate. I suggest going to “”. Search on the term binding. You will get a list of the tools and supplies they sell. At the top of the list there is a tab titled “learn”. That will take you to a long list of instructional videos.

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 04:52 PM

You’ll usually be more likely to get responses if you ask an actual question.
Or at least tell us what problems you’re having?
I’ve done binding on a LP copy I made about 20 years ago, but probably don’t have much advise to offer.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 04:48 PM

Your best plan of action will be to Google the phrase “how to install binding on a guitar”. You will find both written instructions and video instructions. I built a classical guitar once back in the 1970s from a book. Came out very nice! Once you understand what it entails, it is not as hard as it seems.


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#5 posted 05-22-2016 06:55 PM

It will be a lot easier to bind with plastic but I have only
used wood. Bending accurately enough and not
breaking the binding is the trick. I use masking tape
but some use bicycle inner tube wrapped around the

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#6 posted 05-23-2016 01:00 AM

sounds like a nice project. I made an electric guitar from maple wood a few years back but never an acoustic. I have also seen a DIY kit offered for some acoustic guitars before and would love to make one. It will be great to see you finished product. I just posted 2 photos of the electric guitar I made. The post is waiting for approval since i just joined up this site today.

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 02:07 AM

Not to take away from LJ, but I recommend joining the forum and asking your questions in the luthier section. That forum has something like 20,000 members and many are luthiers making some truly spectacular guitars (electrics and acoustics).

If you simply want to know the basics of how to to it, as suggested earlier, there’s lots of how-to info at the site, and of course probably many YouTube vids and other online sources. Google is your friend.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 08-14-2016 12:48 AM

Thanks for all the replies. The story goes like this. My neighbor gave me a Martin guitar kit she had and I never turning down a challenge as far as building with wood thought it would be cool to try it! So, low and behold I followed the vague instructions and when it came to ” THE BINDING” I was lost. With further investigation I found that it was a little bit technical to precisely cut the binding into the edge of the guitar body with out the proper set-up. Not wanting to screw the guitar up I put it away for awhile to research the process and that’s where I’m at currently. As I said previously thanks for all of the replies. There is just a ton of information out thre on guitar building.

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#9 posted 08-14-2016 01:37 AM

I have done some guitar binding but not enough to give advice, I can recommend the Official Luthies forum though.

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#10 posted 08-14-2016 01:37 AM

You’ll have to gear up. Either make your own or buy off the shelf.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#11 posted 08-16-2016 04:34 PM

This luthier supplier sells bindings and has a video showing how to install them:

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#12 posted 08-16-2016 04:51 PM

Routing the binding ledges is my least-fun part of
making a guitar. It’s really difficult to do it by hand
with a purfling cutter in my experience… I am sure
I could practice and get good but a router setup
works too and the purfling cutter is good for making
little corrections where the router cuts a little too
shallow. It’s not essential, but often on the back of
an acoustic guitar the doming is prounounced
and what happens with the router is the ledge is
shallower in the waist of the guitar. The purfling
cutter (or gramil) is useful for fixing this and the
binding looks a little nicer that way. If you don’t
want to do it, nobody will probably ever notice though.

You want a ledge about 1/10” deep for wood binding,
a little deeper depending on how much purfling you’re

Lee Valley now sells a cool little high quality plunge
base for a dremel-type tool. It’s not too expensive
compared to the small-run things that were available
15 years ago when I got started making guitars. With
such a tool, due to the small base, you can route
a binding ledge pretty accurately and also cut the
rosette channel.

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