Herringbone Purfling

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Classic Dreadnought soundboard trim.
A distinguishing feature of iconic style-28 Martin® guitars.

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Herringbone Purfling

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Classic Dreadnought soundboard trim.
A distinguishing feature of iconic style-28 Martin® guitars.

Classic Herringbone trim has become a signature vintage touch for acoustic guitar soundboards. The handsome Herringbone purfling we supply is laminated with black fiber and natural unstained "white" wood, in straight strips.

Approximate dimensions:
.140" x 1/16" x 32" (3.56mm x 1.59mm x 812.80mm)

Two strips are needed for a Dreadnought or smaller soundboard.

TIP: Dimensions are approximate. For proper fit, wood purflings should be measured directly before routing the channels on your instrument.

See Articles for our detailed instructions on bending Herringbone purflings, routing a "stairstep" channel around the soundboard, gluing the purflings and their surrounding bindings in place, and scraping them flush.

Also available: time-saving bent Herringbone Dreadnought Purfling and Herringbone Soundhole Rosette.

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

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

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Herringbone Purfling

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Stew Mac Herringbone Purfling

By Spot's Dad from Kentucky
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great Product! I had never attempted multichannel routing before, but with StewMac tips and tools, and a little confidence, I gave it a shot on this old Martin Guitar. Customer was thrilled with the final product. This is what StewMac is all about. For Professionals or novice, Stew Mac Quality parts, Quality tools, and the best tech support and service you can get. Purfling, Binding, Glue, Tape and the right tools for the job! All in one place ! Thanks StewMac ! 5-Stars !!


By dkrauss from Menlo Park, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 06, 2013

Though a bit delicate to work with, these purfling strips have been a great help in reproducing the look of the "Art Deco" era!

Herringbone Purfling

By Cannonball from Saratoga, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 05, 2013

Great quality, uniform size. First time using it and all went well installing it as a backstrap on a maple back. Also used the herringbone rosette which also was very nice. As usual, quality material!

I love these Herringbone purfling

By Lukas Sedlacek from Olomouc, Czech Republic
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 12, 2013

funny and pleasant work ...

Great Purfling and Rosettes

By g hopkins guitars from Old Town, Fl
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 03, 2013

I use a lot of the prebent and straight Herringbone Purfling and the Herringbone Rosettes. It's always top quality.

Great product

By Beau Hannam Guitars from Grand Junction, CO 
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stew Mac's herringbone are a good product which hold together when lightly bending over a low heat with a touch of water. Check each end for best parallel lines for good match. (Pic is burst [with stewmac stains] 00 with Brazilian RW bridge).


By Capu from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 21, 2011

Perfectly manufactured, high quality, in few words: perfect

Great Purfling

By John Sepulveda from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 05, 2011

Picked this up for a recent guitar I built and it was great. Bent easy and I was really happy with how it looks.

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