Guitar Body Binding
Binding is a decorative material applied to the edge of a body to to give it a classy look. Warmoth offers body binding in five materials:
- Tortoise binding is translucent and looks best over light woods. Over dark woods like Rosewood or Ebony it may appear almost black.
- White Binding darkens to a light cream color when the basecoat for painted bodies is applied. If you are also ordering White Binding on a neck, be aware the two will not match perfectly.
Flat Top Binding
Flat top bodies with square edges are the easiest to bind. Some flat top bodies because of their shape and size are more difficult and expensive to bind.
Drop Top Binding
Drop Top Binding is binding that follows the Forearm Contour shape on a Strat® and J Bass® body. A LamTop is required. Expect a smaller than normal edge radius on the top of the body.
Carved Top Binding
Carved Top Binding is binding that follows the contours of a Carved Top body.
On carved top guitars with binding, the seam between the LamTop wood and the core wood will be visible in the cutaway areas near the neck pocket. This is normal. If the back of the body is finished in a solid color, the seam will be hidden.
Tele® replacement bodies can be bound on both the front and back.
Binding is not available on all bodies.
Other Edge Treatments
The edge treatments below are not binding, but serve a similar decorative purpose around the perimeter of the guitar body.
Laminate Accent Lines
A Laminate Accent is a contrasting color of wood sandwiched between the LamTop wood and body wood. Once the body is shaped and sanded, this thin layer forms a perfect line around the perimeter of the Laminate Top.
Masked Accent Line
A Masked Accent Line is created by masking off a line around the perimeter of the guitar body during the finishing process. Once the color is sprayed, the mask is removed, leaving a clear line. A LamTop is required.