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 Post subject: Binding problem
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:58 pm 
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I have almost finished my dreadnought build and decided on Holly binding on the back and maple on the top--why?--because thats all I had to hand at the time and probably wasn't thinking clearly.Basically I didnt have enough of either wood left and it was Xmas rush so there was no chance of obtaining supplies until Jan.
What I didnt realise was that the holly is much whiter than the Maple so now I need to find a way to darken it down a little to match or closely match the maple. A friend suggested routing out the holly again and using maple all round but I couldn't stand the mess it would cause and trying to fill all the gaps etc etc.
I would be greatful for any tips from the experts on how I might achieve this match or even close enough to blend the two woods color.
Thanks for all your advice in the past
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Rusty


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 Post subject: Re: Binding problem
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:47 pm 
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Rusty, for all the effort you've put into the whole guitar, I would be inclined to route off either the holly or maple, and replace so all the bindings are the same. That is pretty easy to do, and the cost of a couple of maple bindings will seem like nothing to the satisfaction you will feel for having it where they match.
Just my $.02. Good luck with it

Kevin


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 Post subject: Re: Binding problem
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Seems it would be easy enough to tone down the Holly with some diluted brown stain -- just practice on some scrap.

I think I'd re-route and replace with a matching pair. $.02

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