Neat trick for peghead binding (tiger inlay)

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Issue 227 October 09, 2014

Dan Erlewine’s building a guitar for a tattoo artist. It’s solid black walnut, with a fancy peghead inlay: a tiger image drawn by the customer.

In this Trade Secret, Dan tells about that inlay and shares a neat trick for exactly sizing the binding that goes around the peghead.

About the guitar in this video: Dan’s making this V-body guitar out of the very same black walnut tree that produced bluesman Albert King’s "Lucy" guitar in the 1970s.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • The customer is a tattoo artist who designed the pearl tiger inlay
  • A fingerboard leveling file does double duty for resizing binding
  • Unusual CNC-based approach to creating a bound peghead
  • Quick jig: a filing fence

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