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How Maegen Wells installs pickguard binding


Issue 276 December 29, 2016



StewMac visits guitar maker Maegen Wells of Forestville, California. Maegen’s specialty is building archtop acoustic guitars. Using a 1940s Gibson as an example, she shows how to create a beautifully bound tortoiseshell pickguard with black/white/black purflings.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkShaping the pickguard to a template
  • checkmarkLaminate four purflings to create a multilayered effect
  • checkmarkShop-made wooden caul that matches curves
  • checkmarkCutting precise miter joints

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