65" long to reach around the entire guitar, with smooth edges for close size tolerances. This is the right cream color for Gibson® guitars.
ABS plastic bindings are used by Gibson®, Martin®, Taylor®, Fender® and others. The material adheres well to wood and to itself. Our ABS bindings are 65" long — a single piece will reach completely around a guitar body. They're made with smooth edges, not rough-sawn from sheets, for close size tolerances.
#4397 extra-tall .565" cream binding is the right size and color for Gibson® Les Paul® 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
is a white/black/white/black laminate of .010" strips,
combines .020" black and .040" white, and
uses .020" white and .020" black, installed sideways as edge trim.
For easy installation, we recommend StewMac Bind-ALL Guitar Binding Glue
or rubber clamping 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
Color-matching Cream Parts and Bindings
There have always been slight variations in the color of the cream plastic parts used on Gibson and other guitars. It's not uncommon to see brand new and vintage guitars with bindings, pickup rings, toggle switch rings and pickguards that don't perfectly match in color. We do our best to match all our cream products, but there's no absolute control from batch to batch, or from supplier to supplier.