Gretsch Syncromatic – bending the binding

The binding needs to be shaped to fit the shape of the guitar.  Plastic binding can be softened and formed using a head gun or a hair dryer.  Care needs to be taken to ensure that the curves are smooth as sharp bends will pull away from the edge of the guitar.  It takes time and patience.  If the binding is heated too much it can melt and deform. Also beware that celluloid binding is flamable!