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GUITAR FINISH NATURAL BINDING


Guitar finish natural binding

We call natural binding the effect obtained by masking the outer side edge of the figured maple top preventing the finish to color it like the rest of the instrument.

This way the side of the top and a very small portion of the upper top edge will retain the natural creamy color of maple and creating a nice contrast effect with the overall instrument look.

HINTS AND TIPS
It is possible to recognize a real flame maple top vs a fake flame maple top (plain maple + veneer) by carefully obsering natural binding look. If you see small darker areas alternate to clearer ones this is real flame maple.

If you see an even maple cream colour this is a plain maple top with a veneer glued over it.

(Pictured Frudua GFF-MIX).




 
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Galeazzo Frudua

As a luthier and lutherie teacher, since 1988 he has been making about 350 boutique guitars and basses priced from 2,900 to 5,600 Euros and repaired and customized thousands of string instruments. His instruments and amplifiers are used by flagship artists, such as Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Ennio Morricone, Vasco Rossi. He owns two YouTube channels—where he teaches music—that count up to 25+ million views and almost 140.000 subscribers.

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