TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Binding Bit Set

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Binding Bit Set

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Binding Bit Set

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.


  • Rock-steady aluminum router support post with carriage
  • Sliding support brackets (4), adjustable for body shapes and heights
  • Binding Router Bit Set with 9 bearing sizes
  • Instructions

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

SAVE when you buy this TrueChannel set that includes our #1298 Binding Router Bit Set. Designed especially for luthiers, the set features a super-sharp carbide-tipped bit with 1/4" arbor, and custom bearings for cutting the most common binding widths.

This set does not include a plywood Body Cradle, so you can make your own 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.

Trade Secrets!

"Which binding tools should I choose?"

Erick Coleman answers a frequent question from customers: Which tools to use for routing channels for instrument bindings?

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

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

Product Instructions

TrueChannel Routing Jig

Assembly instructions for our TrueChannel Routing Jig.

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It works

(Customer's Reviews)

The last guitar I built I routed by hand. The results were adequate. I just used this routing jig on my next guitar and the results were great. The only warning I have is that the router bit has to fit up inside the mouth of the jig and the bit I had was too big so I eventually had to buy the Stewart McDonald one.


Avoid the ripples.....

(Customer's Reviews)

This jig is much easier to use than the ones that fit the dremel. Very easy to set up and cuts a smooth channel using the StewMac router bit. I tried it with other bits and they had some tear-out. I've had none with the SM bit. I would like to recommend the addition of a counter weight to help make the router "float" and the use of different guides to use on carved top guitars that would raise the base high enough to clear the body,tight curves in the cutaway areas, and where the carved portion meets the neck.


Works well

(Customer's Reviews)

Very pleased. My binding channels came out perfect.


No Sweat!

(Customer's Reviews)

Using a Laminate trimmer with a tilt base to do my guitar bindings was a nerve shattering event and my bindings were never perfectly square, but my very first set of bindings with the Truechannel Binding Jig came out perfect. I could not imagine trying to do bindings without it again.


TrueChannel Binding router Jig- Great tool!!

(Customer's Reviews)

After years of using a dremel motor and routing jig I decided to give the TrueChannel router jig a try. Now I wish I had purchased it long ago. It literally saves hours of time. No more readjusting and shimming a router base to get the perfect cut. I just used it for the first time and have perfect channels after just a few minutes. Set up is easy and instructions excellent. I would highly recommend this tool to anyone. Even if you build 10 guitars a year the cost savings is incredible in terms of time.


Money well spent

(Customer's Reviews)

This jig is well worth the money, even for your first project. If you are enthusiastic enough to try your hand at guitar building, don't settle for less. Once you have used this jig, you are certain to build a few more guitars. Cutting the binding channels on my first two projects was a nightmare and they were not perfect. Thanks to this jig, my bindings on acoustic and electric guitars are now perfect every time.

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