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Scraping for sharp looking binding: here's how it's done!

Issue 200 September 26, 2013

The king of Gibson relic finishes: Tom Murphy is well known as Gibson's go-to guy for relic finishes: perfectly worn and age-cracked. Tom's business, Guitar Preservation, makes this a specialty. Here he shows us how to make and use a scraper for cleaning binding after spraying a sunburst.
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Extra video: StewMac went to the Northwoods Seminar, an intense week of workshops at Galloup Guitars in Michigan. Over a dozen great luthiers gave workshops, and we brought back Trade Secrets! Here's a short video to give a feel of the 2013 Northwoods Seminar.
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In this Trade Secrets Video:
Masking tape won't do the job; you need a scraper!
A binding scraper you can make yourself
How to sharpen and use your scraper
Utility blades are for tricky spots
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