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#1 posted 04-10-2013 06:07 AM

Not gonna happen without a backing strap.

It will bend on a hot pipe but the fractures will
drive you mad. To some extent you can repair
the blowout with cyanoacrylate glue and accelator.

Luthiers bend in that radius but the thickness is 2mm.
Purple heart may be harder to bend than most.

Bending a guitar waste in 2mm hardwood to a 5”
radius (more or less) is not too hard.

Thicknessing the portion to be bent is sometimes
acceptable. This is done with cutaways in guitars.

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