Black Plastic Binding

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ABS plastic bindings are used by Gibson, Martin, Taylor, Fender and many other manufacturers. The material adheres well to wood and to itself.

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Black Plastic Binding .010" x .075" (.25mm x 1.90mm)

.010" x .075" (.25mm x 1.90mm)

Item # 5784
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4 or more $3.47
Black Plastic Binding .020" x .075" (.51mm x 1.90mm)

.020" x .075" (.51mm x 1.90mm)

Item # 5785
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4 or more $3.53
Black Plastic Binding .020" x .250" (.51mm x 6.35mm)

.020" x .250" (.51mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 5786
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4 or more $4.09
Black Plastic Binding .040" x .250" (1.02mm x 6.35mm)

.040" x .250" (1.02mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 5791
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4 or more $4.09
Black Plastic Binding .060" x .250" (1.52mm x 6.35mm)

.060" x .250" (1.52mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 5787
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4 or more $4.34
Black Plastic Binding .060" x .375" (1.52mm x 9.52mm)

.060" x .375" (1.52mm x 9.52mm)

Item # 5788
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4 or more $4.78
Black Plastic Binding .090" x .250" (2.29mm x 6.35mm)

.090" x .250" (2.29mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 5789
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4 or more $5.08
Black Plastic Binding .090" x .565" (2.29mm x 14.35mm)

.090" x .565" (2.29mm x 14.35mm)

Item # 5792
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4 or more $7.87
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ABS plastic bindings are used by Gibson, Martin, Taylor, Fender and many other manufacturers. The material adheres well to wood and to itself.

Our ABS plastic bindings are 65" long — a single piece will reach completely around a guitar body. These bindings are manufactured with smooth edges, not rough-sawn from sheets, for closer size tolerances.

#5792 extra-tall .565" binding is the right size for Les Paul® and similar guitar tops.

To laminate bindings, you can sandwich them using our Binding Laminator and acetone. Measure carefully before you rout the channels, and almost any combination can be installed.

In the example illustration,
A  is a white/black/white/black laminate of .010" strips,
B  combines .020" black and .040" white, and
C  uses .020" white and .020" black, installed sideways as edge trim.

For easy installation, we recommend Weld-On Cement.

Binding tape or rubber binding bands will hold the bindings in place while the glue dries.

Use a scraper blade to trim the glued bindings flush to the surrounding wood.

Learn from our free online article
How to Install Bindings:
•  Rout channels
•  Binding joints
•  Shape binding for fingerboards
•  Bind the body and peghead
•  Finishing over binding

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Coloring new binding to match the old stuff

We've watched Dan Erlewine repair this 1930s Kay over the previous 3 Trade Secrets. It's time to finish it up. Elliot John-Conry of EJC Guitars ages Dan's patch of new plastic binding so it blends in with the old binding around it. About the guitar in this video: This 1930s Kay Deluxe is a fixer-upper that Dan Erlewine repaired in order to sell. Now that it's in great shape again, maybe Dan'll keep it!

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Scraping for sharp looking binding: here's how it's done!

The king of Gibson relic finishes: Tom Murphy is well known as Gibson's go-to guy for relic finishes: perfectly worn and age-cracked. Tom's business, Guitar Preservation, makes this a specialty. In this week's Trade Secret he shows us how to make and use a scraper for cleaning binding after spraying a sunburst.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Making a sharp-edged razor file for binding channels

Bad news: the binding on this old Gibson is crumbling to bits.
Worse news:that binding is the only thing holding the body together!
Dan Erlewine's plan is to replace the binding bit-by-bit, so the top doesn't fall off.

By grinding a new edge on a razor file, he creates a tool for cutting crisp square binding channels without a router.

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

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

Ratings & Reviews

Black Plastic Binding

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Good deal

By ap from Mississippi
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If you need plastic binding material this is a good value.

Deceptively Easy!

By Don't_B_Flat from SoCal, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 02, 2011

I had never bound a headstock before and I chose to go with a Black/White/Black triple layer for my first attempt.

I only used acetone for the 'glue', and it was interesting to see how well it worked - perfectly!

I notched the headstock all around the edges with my Dremel tool and then pre-formed the binding in hot water, and as it cooled I used lots of rubber bands to hold it snug to the head.

Working out any areas where the binding would stand away from the head, I took my time and when it was right I just used a cheap kid's paintbrush to wick the acetone between the binding and the wood of the head area.

I let it stand for about 20 minutes and then went to the next color and did the same thing again with the rubber bands and the acetone on the same small paintbrush.

That sat for a total of about 10 minutes and I put the final layer on for a complete B/W/B triple binding.

Using the back side of a new utility knife - not the cutting edge, but the back area had a lip on it from the manufacturing process and it worked perfectly to shave the excess off the binding.

The headstock is shown here and I even have a custom logo made for me - but if you've never tried to bind a headstock, I can tell you that the material SM sells is nice to work with and using just acetone for the cement is fine as long as you get good wicking of it into the wood - but binding-to-binding it's very easy.

When you are shaving it, it smells like PVC, and perhaps even a clear PVC glue would work.

I would like to suggest that you take some 80# sandpaper and scuff up the surfaces that will be bound together first to make sure that you get deep penetration of the acetone so it can actually 'weld' the plastic together. I never had any problems - but I can see it happening if you don't get good saturation.

Excellent product!

By Midnight Lord from Ottawa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Really nice to work with and looks great!

great product 

By goldguitarguy from Cold Lake,AB,CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 11, 2011

great material,easy to use and finish,thinner binding arrived with white marks from being over bent during shipping maybe but scraped out easily....will buy again

Good product

By DagS from Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easy to work with. Just as I hoped


By banjograham from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 03, 2011

Great product

Good stuff... no complaints.

By Mr. Dude from Pensacola FL, US.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I bought a strip of the 0.090" width to go on a Les Paul and it has worked as expected so far, no problems. It adhered superbly using the recommended "Weld On #16" cement, is easy to scrape smooth and was plenty long enough to do the face side of the Les Paul body in one strip with about 7 inches spare.

Great binding.

By Colt W. Knight from South Charleston, WV 25309
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I haven't had any issues with SM binding.

My CA glue will weld the binding to itself making nice seamless binding.

Poor touchup

By Mark R from Portland, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 03, 2010

This black plastic doesn't act like other ABS that I have worked with. The plastic doesn't respond to solvents like it should for creating gap filling slurries. Typical methylene chloride or acetone will usually reduce small shavings or ABS into a thin putty like consistency for filling. Not this.

Routed this off and went with ebony.

Great around a sound hole

By LowDollar from Tulsa, OK 74135
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 14, 2010

A layer or two around the inside of a sound hole works nice. Will easily sand down to the thickness of the soundboard after glueing it in.

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