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Binding Tape

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Binding Tape

About This Item

First choice for binding work! High-tack adhesive and tough crepe backing make this the strongest paper tape we've found for securing bindings while the glue dries.

3/4" x 60-yard (19mm x 55-meter) roll.

Not recommended for use on vintage or delicate finishes.

Our binding tape has a strong adhesive—good for applying pressure, but be cautious about using tape on soft top woods like spruce. With soft woods, first stick our binding tape to a cotton t-shirt to give it less tack before applying it. This will help reduce the possibility of any damage when you go to remove it.

Once the glue is dry, remove any tape slowly and gently—pulling at an angle and lightly rubbing it with your index finger. Warming the tape will also help it lift away easily without pulling out wood fibers.

For more information, see our How to Install Bindings article.

Didn't this tape used to be brown?
"If you've used our binding tape in the past, you may recall that it used to be brown instead of orange. We carried this brown tape for many years and it became a favorite in shops across the world (including our own). So it took us by surprise when we learned that the factory which made the tape had shut its doors for good, and the beloved brown tape would no longer be available.

"After our efforts to persuade the manufacturer to continue production proved unsuccessful, the search began for a new tape that would live up to the standards set by the brown tape: a strong tack that doesn't leave a residue, a tough but flexible paper backing, and a thin adhesive that resists creeping under pressure. Our R&D team tested dozens of tapes of all different brands and colors, even trying a tape used by a local pizza shop to attach delivery receipts to their pizza boxes! Finally, after months of sourcing and testing options, we found the orange tape we're currently stocking. We've found it to work just as well as the old tape...if not better!"
—Matt Brooker, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor


Instructions

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

Overview of binding, purfling, and other instrument trim, including binding recommendations and installation techniques.

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5.0

Great product

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Verified Buyer


I didn’t even know I needed this product, but it was recommended with the ebony binding I purchased, I’m glad it was. It was exactly what I needed to secure the binding whil the glue dried.
The order process was painless and deliverey was prompt, thanks stew-Mac

1.0

Nothing shy of frustrating.

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Verified Buyer


This tape is the surest way to give yourself a headache and bust your knuckles on the side of your guitar. Breakage seems to be the most consistent thing about it. The newest roll I purchased has the least amount of tack of any of the new orange tape, the old brown tape never gave me a minute of trouble. Looking at this stuff wrong seemed to make it break. I bet I have a bigger mess of busted tape on my bench than I have usable pieces on my guitar.

Find something, anything, else to use if you're doing more than a simple binding scheme. Even then, be ready.

Response from StewMac


Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. Our friendly customer service team is always here to help at 1-800-848-2273 if you would like to address this issue further. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestion with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products.

3.0

Tape

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Verified Buyer


I really prefer the old brown tape

5.0

Durable with good tack!

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Verified Buyer


This tape worked great. Durable, to apply good pressure, and sticky enough to hold under such circumstances. Removed easily with no residue. I was very happy to have it while binding a replica pickguard for a '78 Ibanez George Benson GB-10

4.0

Some good, some OK

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Verified Buyer


This tape works great on the upper and lower bouts where the bends are not too bad. On the waist of ukuleles, it always breaks. If doubled up, it works good though. I'd say the pluses and minuses between the old brown tape are about equal. This tape doesn't pull up shellaced spruce nearly as much as the craft tape.

2.0

No Comparison

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Verified Buyer


I understand that the good old brown tape has been discontinued, so I guess there's not much Stewmac can do in this case, but I've just come in from my workshop where I've been binding a guitar...I did the front with the last of my old tape and broke one piece - I then had to switch to this new stuff for the back and broke 21 pieces (the binding was accurately bent with the sharp edge rounded)...if it's the best there is I suppose it will have to do.

5.0

What can I say....

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Verified Buyer


It works great, Stumac doesn't lie. Highly recommended

5.0

Best tape I've found

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Verified Buyer


I use this tape for variety of uses in my shop in addition to binding.

5.0

Saved my bacon

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Verified Buyer


I have had some very complicated binding issues on vintage instruments lately, plus reconstructing a bowl back mandolin.This tape is wonderful.It has a bit of stretch in it that tightens and holds.

4.0

A decent product

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Verified Buyer


While not as strong as the brown Kraft paper tape (#0677) that I used to buy, it works well, doesn't leave a residue, and (usually) will not pull off vintage lacquer...use with caution!

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