Cream Plastic Binding

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65" long to reach around the entire guitar, with smooth edges for close size tolerances. This is the right cream color for Gibson® guitars.

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Cream Plastic Binding .020" x .075" (.51mm x 1.90mm)

.020" x .075" (.51mm x 1.90mm)

Item # 5905
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4 or more $3.53
Cream Plastic Binding .020" x .250" (.51mm x 6.35mm)

.020" x .250" (.51mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 5906
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4 or more $4.09
Cream Plastic Binding .040" x .250" (1.02mm x 6.35mm)

.040" x .250" (1.02mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 4395
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4 or more $4.09
Cream Plastic Binding .060" x .250" (1.52mm x 6.35mm)

.060" x .250" (1.52mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 5907
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4 or more $4.34
Cream Plastic Binding .060" x .375" (1.52mm x 9.52mm)

.060" x .375" (1.52mm x 9.52mm)

Item # 5908
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4 or more $4.78
Cream Plastic Binding .090" x .250" (2.29mm x 6.35mm)

.090" x .250" (2.29mm x 6.35mm)

Item # 4396
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Cream Plastic Binding .090" x .565" (2.29mm x 14.35mm)

.090" x .565" (2.29mm x 14.35mm)

Item # 4397
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4 or more $7.87
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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,
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

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.

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.

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Cream Plastic Binding

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Stew Mac Cream Plastic Binding

By Spot's Dad from Kentucky
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best, Cleanest, plastic binding I have used. Always uniform height,thickness,and width. Unlike the imported kind that is often irregular. I pre-form it with a heat gun and StewMac Binding tape and makes it a simple and quick installation on both Acoustics and Telecasters. Great Product - 5-Stars StewMac !!

gluing binding

By brianr from california
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 02, 2014

Not easy but after about 3 or 4 times of doing it gets easier glue dries fast but u can sand the excess off afterwards and th cream binding I used is thick but no problem to work with, you can use a heat gun to soften if need be

Cream Plastic Binding

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 03, 2013

Acurate size for Gibson Les Paul replicas. Easy to work

It's like a picture frame around your art...

By Perry Colomb from Whitehall, New York
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 27, 2013

I used the cream colored binding to finish off a body conversion where I added koa veneer to a name brand guitar body :D It did the job as expected. What is there to complain about? Great product!

Plastic binding

By Sig's Guitar Repair from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 11, 2013

I restore old Kay guitars in my down time and StewMac plastic binding is perfect. It's flexible, forms easily. It has good consistent color from 1 batch to the next. The edges are cut nice and clean for a perfect, seamless installation. Thanks

Plastic Binding

By rwolfe9 from Akron Oh USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The binding works great! I would suggest to pre-bend it, use a hotplate for a coffee mug. It gives a larger surface area to heat, and doesn't get too hot to melt.

great product

By Smitty Lange from Erath, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 18, 2013

color is consitent between sizes. Thickness is also consistent. Would not use any other product on the market.

Great Binding

By Jed from Raleigh, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This binding material was very easy to work with, the color is a nice aged creme color and StewMac shipped it out quickly. Scraping and sanding was easy as well. One piece easily goes around a telecaster (one side) with plenty to spare.

My first time with a plastic binding

By Hans-J++rgen Jul from Frederiksberg Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 22, 2013

Wery easy to work with, and the result is quite beautiful, even on a small project as my "Les Poul" mandolin

Good varied plastic, a bit pricey, tough.

By Marcio Costa from Brasil
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pros: If you need enough to finish a standard LesPaul, three stripes will do ($15). The plastic glues well, shapes and cleans easily.

Cons: Besides white and "gibson cream", there are no more light colours, like ivory, parchment or bone. And if you're building a custom archtop, with pickguard, f-holes and multi-ply binding, your needs may reach 30 strips, which would set you back in more than $ 120. It is good plastic, but expensive in some cases.

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