Freehand Holder

Freehand Holder

Freehand Holder Freehand Holder

Freehand Holder

Item # 6130
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Freehand Holder Extra attachment for acoustics

Extra attachment for acoustics

Item # 6131
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$14.47

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Freehand Holder Extra attachment for solidbodies

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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4.5
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2.0

Design flaw

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Verified Buyer


This is a sturdy piece of kit and a useful idea. But, as I use Stewmac routing templates for the mortise of my neck joints, it would have been sensible to ensure this tool would fit. It doesn’t!! The connector which attaches to acoustic guitars is too wide. So, I’ll have to make some sort of shim. Not an insurmountable problem, but an unnecessary frustration and very unlike Stewmac!

Response from StewMac


Hi Nick,
Thank you sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear that our Freehand Holder's attachment for acoustic guitars did not work for you as you expected. If you are not satisfied with a product, you are welcome to return it for a refund or exchange.

To mount the acoustic attachment to a neck block, we recommend crafting a wooden shim to custom-fit the mortis in your guitars' neck joints (a picture of this shim is diplayed in a photo at the top of this product webpage). We advise using this shim rather than drilling unnecessary holes through the neck block.

4.0

Great Item

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Verified Buyer


Saves a lot of hassle.
My only complaint is that the extra individual guitar clamps are a little over priced.
All in all I am glad I have it.

5.0

Nice!

By

Verified Buyer


This thing works great, but I wish it came with a "brody wheel" that fits in the threaded fitting on the wheel. Will find one or make one.

5.0

Hugely helpful!

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Verified Buyer


This has greatly improved my finishing quality and speed. It's stable enough to support an electric body, yet still spill quickly and easily. There are a few extra features I have thought of while using that would make it even better: 1) a thumb screw on the Holder to lock out the swivel action - for when you want to keep one side up for a bit. 2) Some kind of system or attachment so you can hang or stand up the attachment when it's not on the holder - because I will apply a coat of finish to one guitar, then need to move it somewhere else to do another. Currently, I am hanging them from coat hangers from a suspended beam... sketchy 3) pinch the bend in the electric body attachments back further, it can be a bit hard to access that bit of the body just below the neck pocket.

4.0

Great tool... just missing ONE thing!

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Verified Buyer


I love this tool and for bolt-on bodies and necks it does an excellent job. I used it for everything from standing to finishing.

The only reason I'm giving 4 instead of 5 stars is for set neck instruments its essentially worthless. They need to come up with something to hold a set neck.

5.0

Just buy the darn thing already!

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Verified Buyer


I tried to finish a bass using a variety of rigged-up contraptions (dowels, hangers, clamps, etc.) and it ended up a drippy mess since it was so time-consuming and imprecise to keep adjusting it to get to all the nooks and crannies. I finally broke down and bought one of these, got it clamped to a vise, and I've been grinning from ear-to-ear ever since. Well built, super easy to use...a great design! Just make sure you clamp it to a vise that's screwed down or very, very heavy or it'll get tipsy on you!

4.0

Good, but simple changes could vastly improve it.

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Verified Buyer


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.

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