Not required but I prefer them
No preference either way
Prefer no binding would still buy if bound
I prefer no binding, but the only way (without special ordering) to get a mccarty with NF pickups in it was to get a mccarty 25, and it COMES with binding. i've already had to have the clear coat covering on the bass side completely stripped of and redone becuase it was peeling after only 2 years.
Not a fan of neck binding. Especially if it's plastic.
A guy I knew back in the early 1980s had some trouble with a Gibby 335 neck that was twisting. So he brought it to a repair shop, and they put it in a heat press to try to fix it.... A month later, the binding started to peel off. Apparently the heat treatment messed with the glue or something. Pretty sad IMO to spend $2k on a guitar, and have such problems with it.
I have a Tremonti SE in black and it looks absolutely stunning as the body, fretboard and head are bound in white - it looks cool. I have a new (to me) singlecut which has no binding and it looks drop dead gorgeous. My local luthier told me binding was a good way to finish off multilayered fabricated bodies but on real solid bodies there is no need for it. I don't really care one way or the other, it's the sound and feel that turns me on.
Stuff: 2009 Gibson LP Standard 2012 Fender US HSS custom Strat 2014 PRS Tremonti SE in black
2007 PRS SE Paul Allender signature in purple burst 2001 PRS Santana SE in black 2015 Godin 5th Avenue GT 2001 PRS Singlecut in dark cherry burst Marshall 8080 (rebuilt)
Interesting that this thread resurfaces.
The question of a wood binding shouldn't be an issue, since it's only available on Private Stock where you can order the guitar any way you want it as part of the deal, and they're not going to do it on Core because of the expense.
On my electrics, I have wood binding on one PRS, no binding on another, and plastic on a third one. I love all three.
There's one practical advantage to a binding, namely, preventing the fret ends poking through in very dry conditions. If I toured, I'd probably have a preference for a binding.
There's a disadvantage to them if the frets need replacing. The rest is about as important as deciding whether to wear socks with clocking on them, or plain ones, as far as I'm concerned.
In terms of durability, the binding on my '65 SG Special is plastic, and in perfect shape after 50 years of use, as is the case with the vast majority of old plastic-bound Gibsons. The fret ends never got poky during that time through 50 Michigan winters of extreme dryness and no special precautions. Not a bad thing.
I do think that some of us get far too hung up on these kinds of details, and lose sight of the forest for the wood, to repeat a tired expression because....well....wood!
Last edited by LSchefman; 11-27-2015 at 12:59 PM.
Binding is sexy, especially in curly maple.
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I went prefer no binding but would still buy bound. There are certain guitars and finishes that I like it on, but usually not into it.
For me it depends on the guitar. Some guitars look great without binding, but the SE Bernie looks great with the binding. Feel-wise, I don't have a preference.
I like the binding personally and my A10E (black model) has it, but my other 3 (very soon to be 4) do not. It is not a deal breaker either way. Having said that, I hate I was too slow at snapping up one of those SE 30th CU24's with ebony fretboard which had binding. I so want an ebony, preferably with a flame maple neck. Let's get back on track.
Guitar Family: Tacoma D9, Paul's Guitar, A10E, SE 30th CU 24, S2 Vela, S2 Standard 22
Amps: Ibanez 15 Tone Blaster, Blackstar Fly, Blackstar HT Club 50
Cabs: Blackstar HTV 2x12 160w
Haven't even looked at a binding neck for a long time but I'd make an exception for a stellar axe that had it.
PRS Hollowbody II, PRS 408, Ibanez Pat Matheny archtop, Mesa Rectoverb, no pedals.
I know the sonic qualities of plastic (not) and prefer as little as possible on my instruments, especially neck binding. It`s about go first, show second with me. The only exception is birds on the board. That makes me go nutso. I LOVE DA BOIDS! But not any plastic at all. That includes the pickup rings. I can live with plastic knobs.
I LOVE the maple neck binding on my PS. I also won't buy a PRS with a wrap around color, it has to have the maple exposed edge....
Private Stock #3767 SC245
CU22 Goldtop with Graphtech Ghost
CU 22 Artist Burled Whale Blue
I usually prefer without but I have to say the 30th anniversary cu24 and the new McCarty looks fantastic.
I have both models - and I love them both. I'm far too easy to please I guess.
However, I have the maple neck binding on my McCarty Singlecut, and it does look very classy.
Last edited by LSchefman; 11-28-2015 at 04:57 PM.
i do try to find threads that already exist, rather than start new, when a topic occurs to me. In this case I was reading some commentary (elsewhere) by someone who basically said, paraphrased: "if I'm spending that much money on a guitar, I'm entitled to binding". And I thought REALLY?? I mean, it has to not contribute a bit to sound production.... and if not absolutely perfectly installed, would have to detract from the sound.