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Oct 18, 2019 - 3:07:37 PM
191 posts since 4/1/2003

I wonder what type of glue Bill Sullivan used in 1987 for gluing the neck binding to the fret board

I want to keep it pristine...


Oct 18, 2019 - 4:21:05 PM
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2307 posts since 2/20/2016

I have my guesses, based on what was in common use back then, but they would only be guesses.

If anyone knows for sure, it would be Eric Sullivan, who is a hangout member. You can pm him, or contact him through First Quality Music.

If you have loose bindings that need to be glued, that's a different matter. If there are wood fibers stuck to the glueing surface of the binding, I suggest Titebond Original. Most of the glues that are used for bindings during construction are invasive to finishes. If there are no wood fibers and you have some repair experience, I suggest you scrape the glueing surfaces clean and use Wilsonart Lokweld Melamine glue, which is not invasive to finishes.

Many people use super glue, but if you get it where you don't want it [which is very easy to do], you won't like the results. If you do use it, I suggest putting a small amount of glue on a flat piece of metal or a toothpick, and apply only a very small amount to the glueing surface. If you use too much, it will squeeze out when you press the binding in place, and you'll have a mess that you might not be able to clean up without messing up the finish and/or leaving unwanted glue on the binding or neck.

Edited by - rcc56 on 10/18/2019 16:24:39

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:16:05 PM
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237 posts since 8/7/2007


Bob has some great advice about what glues to use. As far as your banjo is concerned, back in the day, Duco cement was used to glue the binding to the fretboard.

Now I use CA glues in new construction and even on most repairs. As Bob stated in the previous post though you need to be extra careful with glue squeezing out. And remember it usually only squeezes out where you don’t want it to go. It also sticks to fingers instantly.

Glad to hear that one of Dad’s banjo
Builds is still being taken care of and enjoyed. Would you mind posting a picture or two?



Oct 18, 2019 - 10:49:01 PM
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14836 posts since 2/7/2003

Superglue GEL is all Ive used for about two decades, all the benefits of superglue and it goes where you put it and nowhere ele


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