How Maegen Wells installs pickguard binding

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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.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Shaping the pickguard to a template
  • Laminate four purflings to create a multilayered effect
  • Shop-made wooden caul that matches curves
  • Cutting precise miter joints

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