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.
#5782 extra-tall .565" binding is the right size for Les Paul® and similar guitar tops.
Example binding layout
(see illustration at right)
A Laminate strips of .010" alternating black and white
B Combination .020" black and .040" white
C Use .020" white and .020" black, installed sideways as edge trim
You can sandwich strips together using our Binding Laminator and acetone. Measure carefully before you rout the channels, and almost any combination can be installed.
Learn more 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
For easy binding installation, we recommend StewMac Bind-ALL Guitar Binding Glue.
Binding tape 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.