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Old 11-20-2021, 06:56 AM
Fathand Fathand is offline
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I am no expert, I built a 0-18 recently and had the similar issue, the guitar had a fairly prominent neck to tail curve near the waist and the binding wanted to splay out there. I was using celluloid tortoise binding though and was able to coax it in place by putting a rubber jawed bar clamp across the waist. I am sure plastic are easier to bend because of no grain.

I had no problem on a previous L-00 build, I used the Grellier plans which include a side profile. On the 0-18, I had to estimate the side profile and will be softening the curve for future builds. A L-00 Nick Lucas would be easier.

Is your maple binding quarter sawn? I could see flat sawn binding sawn being tougher to bend in 2 directions.
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