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Apr 19, 2021 - 6:22:55 PM
1642 posts since 4/13/2017

I love the look of cream binding. What I've been getting nearly matches the yellowed binding on my 1959 RB-100. The only problem is the stuff comes from China on eBay, and I've only ever gotten the stuff in 5mm tall rather than 6mm (0.197" vs 0.236"). I ran across this 6mm listing on the Bay tonight, and wondered if any of y'all have had experience with it? Does it have that vintage look, or does it look like a baby-poop yellow? Thanks.

ebay.com/itm/ABS-Guitar-Bindin...w4DJYfJhe

Apr 20, 2021 - 6:56:31 AM
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beegee

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22311 posts since 7/6/2005

for $5.00, try it out and give us a full report.

Apr 20, 2021 - 7:00:27 AM

3716 posts since 5/29/2011

I have used it before with pretty good results. It may not quite match old binding, I've never tried that to find out. I have always used it on new builds so I used the same binding all over. But the binding I used was pretty similar to vintage binding, not the shade of yellow you described.
It is cheap enough that you wouldn't be out very much to try it and see what you think.

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:17:39 AM

1642 posts since 4/13/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Culloden

I have used it before with pretty good results. It may not quite match old binding, I've never tried that to find out. I have always used it on new builds so I used the same binding all over. But the binding I used was pretty similar to vintage binding, not the shade of yellow you described.
It is cheap enough that you wouldn't be out very much to try it and see what you think.


The binding I have been using is from the same seller, and its color is just a tiny bit darker than an ivoroid thumbpick. Is that about how the stuff you've used looks?

Apr 20, 2021 - 2:18:50 PM

1642 posts since 4/13/2017

@Culloden

Here's some photos of mine compared to two different ivoroid thumb picks. Ones a Golden Gate, the darker one a Dunlop.




Apr 20, 2021 - 4:25:12 PM

11285 posts since 10/27/2006

Remember that cream binding and yellowed binding are two different things. One is white binding with yellowed lacquer over it.

Apr 20, 2021 - 5:00:58 PM

1642 posts since 4/13/2017

quote:
Originally posted by mikehalloran

Remember that cream binding and yellowed binding are two different things. One is white binding with yellowed lacquer over it.


Yeah, I just don't use lacquer right now. I use Tru Oil. I built a bowtie-inspired banjo with cream binding (looks almost identical to the yellowed stuff on my 1959 RB-100) and it looked like it was supposed to be there. It gave it a vintage look.

Apr 20, 2021 - 5:13:26 PM

11285 posts since 10/27/2006

Ok.

The creme binding from the '50s is the same color as the creme colored parts you can buy for Les Pauls. My 1958 C-2 classical guitar was bound in that. Looked pretty cool.

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:09:45 PM
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3716 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Lemon Banjos

@Culloden

Here's some photos of mine compared to two different ivoroid thumb picks. Ones a Golden Gate, the darker one a Dunlop.


That looks right to me. For the price they are asking it certainly wouldn't put you out of much to try it.

Apr 21, 2021 - 4:27:15 AM

4617 posts since 11/20/2004

In my experience, Tru oil yellows and darkens quite a bit over time, giving binding a very aged look in a short number of years. I use it and like it, but would start with something lighter, knowing it will darken.

Apr 21, 2021 - 5:16:23 AM

1642 posts since 4/13/2017

Okay thanks everyone. I'm going to buy it soon.

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