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Unread 05-04-2009, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

I have found a like new LP Custom at a good price. Has small single crack in the binding at each fret - on both sides of neck. Any thoughts about whether this will likely become a bigger issue?
Can these be repaired?
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Unread 05-04-2009, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

It's very common, nothing to really worry about unless it's excessive like a split all the the way through & deep.

This comes up from time to time.

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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

It might have been refretted at some point--just a thought.

My '76 LP Custom has cracks at each fret, but plays just fine. If pieces start falling off, then become concerned, IMHO.

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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

changes in humidity, the wood shrinks a touch, but the frets don't. And the cracks are usually just lacquer cracks from what I've read.

really common, I think all my guitars have them.
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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

My CS ES-335 has the same single crack on each fret both sides of the neck. It's 10 years old and plays like butter. Not a problem as the other poster said it may have been refretted, either way it's nothing to worry about.
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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

Excellent guys - thanks much!!
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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

Downstairs we would tell you to get plastic binding(not ABS) and melt in acetone. It becomes a self- glue/filler. A drop or two of StewMac Colortone in Vintage Amber if the binding is yellowed and apply to cracks. Mask first-sand down and polish-invisible repair.Ole'Lefty
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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

FYI... I believe it's caused by the fret tangs below the binding, some people recomend cutting the tangs just short or on a 45 to avoid this when refretting. I have an old LP with the cracks and I'm so used to seeing them it just looks "vintage" to me, not bad... Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Binding Cracks at Frets - How big an issue

yea i have them at every fret .
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