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Headstock Binding Course

The Art Of Headstock Binding

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The Art Of Headstock Binding Luthier Video Course

Learn The Techniques I Use For My Headstock Binding

Guitar Headstock Binding tutorial“Clean and precise binding around the headstock of a guitar is something I have always loved to see. It adds an elegance to the look and feel. It also helps to unify the design visually; tying the binding elements of the headstock to the body bindings.

The problem is that if you don’t do a perfect job of installing the headstock binding, it won’t achieve your goal of making the guitar look more refined and could even make it look worse.

I spent years of trial and error developing and refining my system and approach to binding a guitar headstock with wood. When I first started, headstock binding was a stressful and hard job that was difficult to get right, but now with the very same technique that I show you in this course, I rest assured knowing that every guitar I make will have flawless binding and I hope you will be able to do the same after taking this course.”

Tom Bills

Course Outline: The Art Of Headstock Binding

Section #1: Preparation For Headstock Binding

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Achieving flawless headstock binding is not impossible, and in this course, Tom will show you the methods he uses to get great results every time and to make the process less stressful and more fun.

Videos Included In This Section

  • Introduction
  • Headstock Preperation
  • Preparation and Sealing
  • Fingerboard Stop
  • Calculations For Cutting Channels
  • Cutting Binding Channels
  • Cutting Purfling Channels
  • Cutting Purfling Cont. & Clarification

Section #2: Fitting & Installing Purfling

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In this section, you will learn Tom’s special system for fitting and apply the purfling around the headstock with less stress and more precision. The purfling is installed separately from the binding in this method and as you will see it give you the opportunity to make it as perfect as you want before adding the outer binding.

Videos Included In This Section

  • Binding Process Intro
  • Bending Purfling
  • Gluing Purfling
  • Purfling Miter Joints
  • Refining & Gluing Purfling

Section #3: Bending & Installing Ebony Binding

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Bending thicker wood binding can be difficult unless you understand the key points that Tom demonstrates in this section to help you confidently shape the wood binding for a perfect fit.

Videos Included In This Section

  • Bending Ebony Binding
  • Bending Ebony Binding Cont.
  • Binding Tape & Gluing
  • Preparing Binding Joints
  • Fitting Main Binding Section
  • Final Fitting & Adjustments
  • Gluing Ebony Binding
  • Final Gluing Of Ebony
  • Final Sanding & Trimming
  • Jig For Trimming Binding

Section #4: Advanced Headstock Binding

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Not all headstock shapes are created equal. Tom demonstrates his special methods and tricks for getting precision control on tricky inside miters and tight curves.

Videos Included In This Section

  • Working With Inside Miter Joints
  • Roughing In Miter Joints
  • Using Reference Lines
  • Purfling Depth Tool
  • Tight Radius Bending – Purfling

Section #5: Advanced Headstock Purfling

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Inside miter joints and tighter radius curves don’t have to be intimidating or difficult, Tom walks you step by step through his process for getting perfect miters and clean purfling lines.

Videos Included In This Section

  • Perfecting The Purfling
  • Gluing First Section Of Purfling
  • Fitting & Gluing Next Sections
  • Cutting Miter Joints
  • Fitting and Gluing Side Sections
  • Fitting And Gluing Final Sections
  • Purfling Clean Up & Binding Prep

Section #6: Advanced Wood Binding

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In this section, Tom shows you his simple system and special tricks while demonstrating and thoroughly explaining how he is able to easily bend solid wood bindings for challenging headstock shapes.

Videos Included In This Section

  • Advanced Wood Binding Intro
  • Advanced Ebony Bending
  • Perfecting The Fit
  • Final Fitting & Gluing First Section
  • Final Fitting & Gluing Second Sections
  • Fitting Headstock Shoulder Sections
  • Trimming & Fitting Last Sections
  • Final Fitting & Gluing Last Pieces
  • Final Glue Treatment
  • Thank You

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* Bonus * EBook Included!

Basics Of Headstock Binding – eBook

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Features & Topics Covered:


  • Headstock Binding< Basics/strong>
  • Bending Wood
  • Adjusting Heat
  • Controling Moisture
  • Bending Tight Curves
  • Getting A Perfect Fit
  • 2 FREE VIDEOS

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6 Video Sections

44 HD Quality Videos

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About the Author

TomTom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom guitars for the top players and collectors around the world since 1998. Tom is also the author of the guitar making book/DVD set - The Art Of Lutherie - published by Mel Bay, and has written for and been featured in may publications both in print and online as well as several television and film spots. You can view and learn more about his guitars by visiting his website: tbguitars.comView all posts by Tom →

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