Like always, Stewmac has sent quality items, including these rosewood bindings. The only problem is that they do not match. They differ not only in color but also the direction of the grain. I cannot use them on the same instrument.
Nice thin strips of wood. The white lam on the ebony is a dirty grey color that had to be dyed out, defeating the reason for buying it laminated.
Great pieces every time!
For the first time I choose the bloodwood binding and I can say the result is far beyond my expectation.
It's a little tricky to bend but the final visual impact is very impressive.
Five star, no doubt
mon premier essai avec du binding en bois massif, j'avais peur pour le cintrage mais absolument aucun problème.
La seule chose que l'on pourrais signaler est la légère différence de teinte entre les pièces quand on en commande plusieurs.Ce qui est normal c'est du vrais bois et non du matériel synthétique!
The Natural wood bindings are the great. The curly with b/w/b is very nice. It is different (and much better quality) than the curly without the b/w/b purfling. It is a perfect width, very easy to bend, and a real joy to work with.
Couldn't ask for a better color match from piece to piece. Excellent quality and easy to work with. Way to go StewMac!
I just finished my first guitar. I found the binding to be the most difficult part of building the guitar. I broke several pieces of ebony before figuring out how to do it. I started out by wetting it and using Stewmac's bender. I am not sure what temperature to bend ebony at but I don't think my bender gets hot enough. From memory, only gets to about 250 degrees fahrenheit.
I made a half size classical guitar with a cutaway and the ebony kept breaking on the cutaway. I tried making the ebony thinner and tried putting pieces side by side. I then tried wetting it and using a heatgun. Finally I tried bending it dry with a heatgun. I was able to bend my ebony dry with the heatgun in only ten minutes for each side. The result looks fantastic. I found wetting the ebony, even with a damp cloth weakens it too much.
moderately figured, consistent sizing, no blemishes. always perfect
Just finishing guitar using these bindings. They are consistent dimensionally, easy to work with. I combined 2 of the bloodwood w/BWB trim to create a slightly wider binding and they were cut square so I did not have to square them myself; a real time saver. Maybe add pic when finished. Mahogany and bloodwood look real pretty together!
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