TrueChannel Binding Router Jig

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Cut perfectly squared binding ledges on any instrument—including archtops.

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig

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TrueChannel Binding Routing Jig

Erick Coleman shows the TrueChannel jig in use, routing the binding channel on an acoustic guitar.


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Cut perfectly squared binding ledges on any instrument—including archtops.

The TrueChannel jig turns your laminate router into a floating cutter. As you move the body of the instrument into the cutter, your router glides vertically to follow the body's top edge. Bindings fit correctly, so you won't have to scrape them too thin.

The problem: The arch of the guitar top, and especially the back, will change the router alignment. Without the TrueChannel, a standard router base will tilt, causing the routed channel to be too deep or too shallow; the bindings won't fit right. TrueChannel keeps the router vertical for a square ledge. Bindings fit correctly.

Includes
  • Rock-steady aluminum router support post with carriage
  • Sliding support brackets (4), adjustable for body shapes and heights
  • Instructions

Make your own body cradle: This set does not include a plywood Body Cradle, so you can build your own custom shape.

The jig carriage fits the popular Bosch Colt Router. An inexpensive Router Mounting Template lets you use other common laminate trimmers, too.

Our thanks to luthier Tom Ribbecke, who inspired this jig.


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Overview of binding, purfling, and other instrument trim, including binding recommendations and installation techniques.

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TrueChannel Routing Jig

Assembly instructions for our TrueChannel Routing Jig.

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best binding channel jig i've seen.

By guitarnoob from Seattle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 29, 2014


makes perfect channels every time, just make sure you take your time setting it up.

Vibrations, etc.

By Charley from Saint Paul, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Works great now! Tightening knob loosened (despite tightening) with vibrations during use, causing depth of cut to shift. Easily corrected with 11 cent lock washer (not included).

TrueChannel Jig

By MaPr from Finland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Took some time to set up, but after that the binding channels for my 335 project were cut in a couple of minutes. The result was simply perfect. The support post is rock solid, I bolted it down with two M8 bolts as the original bolts were too short for my needs. I also needed to modify the taller body support blocks to be the same height as the lower ones to get the body leveled in the cradle. Maybe there could be an option for a set of support blocks with the same height?

Time saver!

By william chetney from Lake Charles, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 23, 2014


Fast less clean up and clean cuts!

A good binding jig.

By Davos from Brantree  UK
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 17, 2013


Following my third guitar build, a 000 Stew Mac, I realised the home made binding jig had done its job and should be replaced by something smoother. This binding jig arrived quickly and went together easily. I think there should be the option to have bases for different routers, not just the Stew Mac recommended one. It didn't take me long to adapt it, though.
It is well made but I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the angle pieces holding the body supports, not quite up to the standard I expect from Stew Mac. I hope you can see what I mean from the photo. They don't affect functionality so I'm happy.

Piece of cake

By Savini Guitars from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 04, 2013


I can't comment on how it compares to routing by hand because I've only routed a binding channel once and I used this jig. Having said that it was so easy to set up and use. I bought the whole complete set including the template to fit my Ryobi trimmer. I was a bit nervous before starting my cuts but within minutes I had perfect channels that the bindings fit in nicely.

A very valuable tool

By Pavy Custom Guitars from France
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 04, 2013


It is with good reason that this tool is plebiscited by many guitar makers, whether novice or experienced. It is because both its simplicity and its effectiveness. And it is worth every penny in terms of outcome. Personally, I have only strengthened the fixing of the vertical guide post by bolting it forcefully through its plywood base to reduce as far as possible the vibrations transmitted by the router to the whole tool. Finally, I think worth remembering that its use requires a certain degree of attention at the beginning to ensure both safety and efficacy.

Needed some alterations!

By Luthierlyn from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 03, 2013


This is a great gizmo. Don't get me wrong! But I needed it to route the binding on a new top for Gibson Mandocello, which has quite an arch to the top. So I took a trip to the hardware store and got a couple of big teflon washers to add to the router base and a longer screw to hold them on. After that it worked like a charm. The instructions for putting it together lacked a bit of detail, but I finally figured out how to do it.

Great Tool!

By Shannon Greenlaw from Halifax CANADA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 01, 2013


Recently purchased this. Works flawlessly. Binding on a 59 Les Paul build. Toatally worth the $.

loves it

By Snider Guitars from Rochester, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 03, 2013


Loves me some TrueChannel. I've tried a lot of different ways to rout binding channels, but this is it for me. We had several setup at the school I used to teach at for different guitars/procedures - steel string binding and purfling, classical, etc. Made it really easy to get through classes full of guitars.

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