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Sep 24, 2022 - 3:18:19 PM
363 posts since 7/11/2014

I'm scraping binding on an old Gibson resonator that had lost much of its old cracked binding. Before finishing I wanted to find out whether the edges of the binding at the top, flange side and bottom or rear / back of the reso should be scraped and sanded to an angle or even a curve or should the top edge be flat- I'm guessing so and the back edge have a similar angle to the top of the binding as the curvature of the resonator back itself? It's a 28 tb2 resonator with two binding channels, the upper one being additional to my taste. As the resonator was in bad shape and needed a new veneer it's far from original. Thanks for looking.

Edited by - Waltraud on 09/24/2022 15:20:14

Sep 24, 2022 - 4:13:18 PM
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4508 posts since 2/20/2016

It's been a while since I've had an old Gibson banjo in my lap, but yes, I would at least blunt the sharp corner so it doesn't hurt your arm or leg.  If it were me, I would probably round it a little for comfort's sake.

Since it's no longer in original condition anyway, a minor liberty probably won't hurt the value, as long as the work is well done.

For the record, their guitars from the same period have a beveled top edge on the binding, with the sharp corner knocked off.

Edited by - rcc56 on 09/24/2022 16:16:45

Sep 24, 2022 - 4:34:40 PM
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13697 posts since 6/2/2008

The edges are relieved a little. How much, I don't know.

The way I did it on the grand total of two resonators I finished was to roll a small piece of #320 or #400 sandpaper into a tube and go around the edge very lightly two or three times. Just enough to knock off the right angle. I'm pretty sure I read to do that somewhere. Not the type of thing I'd think up on my own.

I believe the edges of the peghead are also typically relieved or softened.

Sep 24, 2022 - 6:45:52 PM
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15102 posts since 2/7/2003

Answer is yes without question the edges are rolled, if you dont when you rfinish you will lern why its always done

Sep 24, 2022 - 11:45:36 PM

363 posts since 7/11/2014

Thank you Scott & guys, seemed most likely but best to check before regretting doing it another way. I'm using your finishing guide Scott which has a really clear sequence and explanation. Thank you for sharing this with our community.


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