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The next step is to bend the sides, using an electrically-headed aluminum bending mold.  The sides are soaked in water first, and the steam generated when they come in contact with the heated mold is what actually bends the wood.  It looks easy, and usually works, but since most woods  used in guitars are prone to cracking and grain pull-out, a light hand and constant attention are required.

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