TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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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.


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

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.

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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TrueChannel Routing Jig

Assembly instructions for our TrueChannel Routing Jig.

Ratings & Reviews

TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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True channel routing jig

By Mike R from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I'm doing my first guitar kit, and was very nervous about routing these channels. This jig saved me. I'm using a Ryobi cordless trimmer, which works great with the StewMac cutter & bearings. Just do a few practice runs to get the hang of it!

Perfect for archtops

By Scott Miller from WI
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 23, 2012

This jig woks perfectly for cutting the binding channels for archtops. I had major problems with cutting these before I got this jig. Now this part of the process is pretty much a piece of cake.

Better than I anticipated

By Mighty Magpie from Herts, United Kingdom
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 23, 2012

I wanted a perfect result and that is what I got. It was simple enough to assemble the Jig and very easy to use succesfully.

perfect binding job must have

By Jason D from Port Elgin ON
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 17, 2012

having struggled with getting perfect clean binding rabbets has been a big frustration on my archtops. This solved my problem nicely. Nothing like good quality tools to improve the building experience.


By JBM from Washougal, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Awesome, works very well with masonite as a bottom board. I have only just used it only to trim the overlap with a flush trimmer. Such a pleasure not to have to worry about the arches on the front and back throwing off the tool, no unwanted cutting. Did well with old tool on padouk. It is an excellent tool and a worthwhile investment. Rarely am I this impressed on first use. It would be 5 stars at more reasonable price.

TrueChannel Jig Product Support

By New River Guitars from Todd, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 16, 2011

I had previously purchased the TC Jig and put it into service. Although "working", there was more play between the rollers and post than desirable. I discussed the problem with a Stu-Mac tech. He promptly sent me a new complete post, roller, and router carriage that operates freely without the play. This level of product support is commendable.

Good idea ...

By Leonhard Augenstein from Germany
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 01, 2011

... but to make it useable for my German Bosch router I almost had to re-construct the whole sledge, cause the router mounting template does not work at all for that. Now, after heavy modification work, it is a good, useful tool.

Time-saving ...

By Pierre.. from Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 01, 2011

We are very excited about how easy it really is to use this tool. Should not have waited so long with this investment. Can only say that our production time is significantly lower. Can really be recommended! Best regards, Pierre Boserup DubrT
Guitar Services ApS, DubrT-Guitars, Copenhagen, Denmark

Brilliant Idea - Saved My Butt

By Total Noob from New York, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm working on a first guitar and was truly terrified of the stage where I'd have to cut the binding and purfling channels. Not that I'd recommend shelling out for this jig just for one guitar - I wouldn't - but as I plan to make this a lifelong pursuit, I'm super happy that I bought this jig. Even for an uninitiated, un-handy noob like me, this jig made the process virtually painless and my binding and purfling channels were perfect. I'd never have been able to do that without this jig. I give it four stars rather than five as, although it is a truly brilliant idea, there is a little room for improvement. For one thing, I'd love to have wheels on the underside of the guitar carriage for smoother movement. Waxing and/or finishing the carriage's underside and plywood workboard is a little cumbersome. Also, I have the Bosch router suggested for this jig and I like it, but I agree the combo is less than ideal - the positioning of the Bosch's power cord in conjunction with this jig really would become a nuisance if working on an electric, mandolin, etc. Setting the depth of cut is actually something of a task as the base will shift slightly when locking/unlocking, so you really have to be careful to do a practice run on scrap and adjust/readjust/readjust. Last, there has got to be an easier way to attach alternate routers - I also own a DeWalt, but having to actually make an alternate base is a seriously cumbersome PITA. In spite of all this, I would absolutely buy it again. It has made my binding life one heck of a lot easier, and will continue to do so.

Stress  free binding ledges.

By Malcolm Griffiths, Sheaf Guitars from Sheffield UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Have just used the TrueChannel Binding Routing Jig for the first time. Great results far less stress the the previous method I was using, and more importantly better more accurate channels.

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