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!
I purchased the curly maple bindings and they came perfectly straight and easy to bend.
I've used the plain rosewood and plain ebony bindings. If you've never used them before, be very, very patient when bending. Taking it slow will pay off with a beautiful result.
The size was very uniform and was easy to bend. Everything you need in a binding.
I received a surprise package today: As a reply to my previous review, and without me asking. Stewmac replaced my previous order with a nice selection of handpicked and perfectly matching dark colored rosewood bindings.
Hey guys, this is excellent service ! thanks for that
Excellent. The quality was so high (I purchased the plain bloodwood) that I ended up using the purchase for a back stripe. I'll be ordering other flavors in the next order.
These bindings don't reach the required standard. I ordered 6 pcs, and none of them match by color to each other, so unable to use the on the same guitar
Triskel Worskshop, We're sorry to hear your bindings arrived mismatched. We're happy to provide you with some free replacements. We'll have our technicians special pick them to make certain this doesn't happen again. We appreciate your feedback and your business.
While the curly maple binding is beautiful, if its cut with the grain running vertically in the binding you won't get the bends you need with out breaking the binding. Probably works for guitars, not for mandolins.
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