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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

About This Item

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!


Video

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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4.0

Good, but simple changes could vastly improve it.

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I bought this a while ago, but never used it as I usually affix the neck before spraying and it's not really suitable for this. The last build I did I thought I would give it a try so sprayed the neck and body separately.

First off, this is a really good idea when coupled with the shop stand and repair vice. You can fix it securely and use the shop stand left loose to rotate the whole thing which is great when you have limited room as I do.

The supplied bracket screws nicely into the neck block dovetail and felt secure. First problem; I had to bend the assembly upwards slightly as when shipped, the body did not clear the rest of the assemble.

Second issue: it really needs a better arrangement to set the friction on the rotating arm. It has a number of collars fixed with a grub screw that you need to tighten just so and then fix with the screw. It's a pain in the backside to do and the arm soon works loose so you need to retighten them often while working.

Overall, a good item though...

5.0

Don't know how I did without it

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Verified Buyer


This is perfect for spraying bodies. Makes it an absolute joy. My go-to method is to clamp it in a Workmate bench and spray outside.

I use 8-32 machine screws with nuts fastened on the other end to hold it in place. 9mm socket fits perfectly over them. I only need to use 2 screws. It holds it plenty tight and makes disassembly and reassembly very quick. I've also simply used a C-clamp in a pinch and that works fine too.

Very happy with this. Couldn't imagine spraying bodies without it.

2.0

Let the bodies hit the floor!

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Verified Buyer


Twice now, the welds broke, and I came out to my shop to see almost finished her projects on the floor. Dented and marred. Great idea, lousy product manufacturing!

Response from StewMac


We are very sorry to hear about the trouble you experienced with our Freehand Holder. This appears to be a defect, so one of our representatives will be reaching out to you shortly. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us for help if any of our tools fail. We do apologize for the damage to your project, and our technicians are here to help if needed.

5.0

Why did I wait to buy this??!!!!!!!

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Verified Buyer


I used a jaw-horse to clamp the freehand holder and everything just got 10 times easier. I don't know when this product came out, but I wish I had bought it years ago when I started doing guitar and amp/speaker cab finishing. I highly recommend this product. The pic was a test using shading technics with the help of Don's guitar finishing chart and the freehand holder.

5.0

Don't know how I did without it

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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

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