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Freehand Holder

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Freehand Holder Extra attachment for acoustics

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Freehand Holder Extra attachment for solidbodies

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Freehand Holder

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Spray a better finish with less work! Our versatile guitar body holder makes spray finishing easier and more efficient.

How do you hold a guitar body to spray a finish? Hang it on a ceiling hook and weave around it while you trip over your spray hose? Fasten it to a stick and hold it up until your arm cramps? Prop it up and hope it doesn't fall over when you bump your worktable?

The unique Freehand Holder is our new solution. It's an easier way to hold a body or neck securely, for a more uniform finish.

Freehand Holder includes:
• Sturdy steel frame
• Rotating handwheel shaft
• One solidbody attachment
• One acoustic attachment

Clamp the sturdy steel frame into your vise and fasten the guitar body or neck to the rotating handwheel shaft. Attachments for solidbody and acoustic neck joints are included. Now simply turn the wheel as you spray. The body moves to you, not the other way around, for easy, uniform spray coverage. A smoother finish means you'll save time and effort at the sanding stage, too.

The wheel has Allen-adjustable resistance. To switch bodies quickly for production finishing, extra body attachments are available separately—you can spray one while another dries.

You'll probably discover other work-saving uses for the Freehand Holder, we'd love to hear about it!


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Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Dan Erlewine's low-tech "spray booth" for a small shop

Dan Erlewine shows how he sprays finish touchups in a small shop with no spray booth.

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5.0

Don't know how I did without it

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This takes so much pain out of spraying finishes, and also helps with accuracy. You can rotate it to get a perfect reflection to see how you're spraying, and rotate it afterwards to prevent runs/sags with really wet coats.

Spraying finishes without this thing...I don't know how I did it. And I don't care to remember, as I've been using this on every single job since I bought it with great results and a lot less frustration.

5.0

Perfect for necks and bodies

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I purchased just the extra attachments for solid bodies and built my own stands to mount them to. Worked great!!!

5.0

Great Tool !!!

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This guitar holder works wonderfully. I don't know how I got along without it for so many years holding the guitar in one hand (with a homemade holder...a wooden stick bolted to the body) and painting with the other. With this holder I have perfect control and can rotate it to have access to and to see every part of the guitar. No more missed spots, thin spots, or runs. I can get a nice even coat of color or finish.
There are, however, two things that I would change about it:
1) Sell it for $60.00 without any attachments - for solid body and acoustic. Then the purchaser could just buy the attachment that he needs (or both...HIS choice!). I never work on acoustics but with this package deal, I had to buy the acoustic holder anyway (this is a dirty trick to get the buyer to spend more than he needs to...not very ethical in my book).
2) The solid body holder is just a bit too wide and could easily be made 1/4" narrower. On narrow necks this prevents the finish from wrapping around the neck at the joint leaving a thin but noticeable unfinished line at the junction between neck and body. It's an easy fix to just file down the edges if you ever see this potential problem in your own work.
Other than that, this is a great tool that I will never do without on any future project.

5.0

Very Cool.

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The Freehand Holder has made finishing overall a much smoother process. Access is perfect and the actual work of laying down lacquer effectively has improved greatly. I highly recommend it if you are serious about doing professional work.

5.0

Freehand holder

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Nice to do away with the fatigue of holding a guitar and trying to spray. The only thing I would change is to add a spring washer so that it doesn't move so freely. Should be an easy fix. I found that it flops a little bit when you let it go so having more resistance with a spring washer should give it some resistance.

5.0

What a relief!

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This thing is awesome. In the past I've hung the guitar body and the neck from various home-made hangers that were always too short or too tall depending on where on the guitar I was spraying with the added bonus of the attendant pendulum sway. With this device every part of the body is stable and always at the right height. I guess I could've made something similar, but I've got too much to do as it is and this thing worked as advertised right out of the box. I just clamped into an old Black and Decker Work Mate I had laying around and I was good to go.

Ed Fuentes

5.0

Helpful tool for Spray Room

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The Freehand Holder is a very useful tool when spraying guitar body and guitar necks. For my set up it was not practical to have a floor mounted vice to clamp the Freehand Holder. I made a rotating hanging clamp vice, refer to photos. This arrangement works effectively in my spray room. Stewart MacDonald have again produced another great tool for guitar builders.

Wayne
WJ Guitars, Australia

5.0

Freehand holder

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Recently received the Freehand holder and I immediately put it to work. What a pleasure it was not to struggle with supporting the guitar in one hand and spraying with the other. The cost of the system is reasonable however I think the cost of additional body and neck attachments is a bit dear. I still plan to purchase them.

5.0

Great product

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This device reduced my dread of finishing by 50%-
You can tilt your project to get the best light reflection and see exactly where your spray is going, then swing it level to dry without dripping.
Highly recommended.

4.0

Great Idea But...

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Just received my Freehand Holder but have yet to use it. I've read the reviews and am sure I will find this tool very useful. One negative is they do not provide the screws or bolts to attach the connectors to the body or neck. I will have to search the hardware stores to find the right thickness and length so as not to damage the body or neck but yet still be able to firmly attach the connectors and not distort the existing mounting holes. All in all, a good investment.

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