Binding on les paul

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  1. ronniesize

    ronniesize Senior Member

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    Hi all,

    Just a question - i am planning to place binding on my 95 gibson lp studio,

    What materials are used on the lp standard bindings and what should i use?

    should i even consider the modification? =)

    Inputs are greatly appreciated!

    thanks all
     
  2. Z.K.

    Z.K. Senior Member

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    don't do it, you will mess up your guitar.

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  3. Blues Power

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    lennon47 Senior Member

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    idunno man, save the money and buy a used standard or something
     
  5. djwilbanks

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    It's been done. Don't know how cost effective it is. But it a user on here did it to a vintage mahogany studio.
     
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    fatb0t Senior Member

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    Man, it's a pretty intensive mod. I would sell the studio and save up for a Standard..
     
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    zslane Senior Member

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    How is the cap on a Studio stuck on the body now? Glue?
     
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    moodus2006 Senior Member

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    Nice avitar "Ronniesize"! I would find a crap guitar to practice on first just to get the bugs out. LP studio is a great fiddle, are you sure you want to cut into it?
     
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    Stewmac sells you all this stuff right there. With the right router bit (and practice), placing the binding isn't a problem.

    Of course you'll have to put new clear lacquer over the whole guitar.

    But the real problem is the neck. How are you gonna route the body when you come close to the fretboard? The router doesn't go there, unless you build a full standoff thing. Realistically you'd have to take the neck off.
     
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    If you're good you can use a razor blade near the neck. The Thruth didn't have to take the neck off if his. Let me see if u can dredge up his thread. Link in new post. And Thruth did use a razor blade for the neck joint.
     
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    If you are good enough you can just dremel the last inch out. But then if you are good enough you can just do it like people did before they had routers. I'm not sure how realistic that is.

    ETA: nice thread, and all knife-driven. But hey he's in Croatia and seems to have real skills in woodworking. Talent with few outlets. I would probably just carve up my fingers.
     
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    Well if that guy can do it that well his first time...
     
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    all I know is I want that done to my BFG. Cost effective? No. But modifications and personalization usually aren't. :)
     
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    I dunno. I think I'm pretty good at precision work but knife work comes out fuzzy for me. Maybe it's better on mahogany. Maybe spots won't be visible after using wood filler on the binding edges. I'd say that guy spend his childhood carving a couple things, even though it might be his first guitar job. A great job for sure.

    I think for us mortals it's better to use a router up to the neck and then a free-hand dremel and lots of patience near the neck, or maybe knife around the neck.

    Ronnie, you need to keep in mind that LP Standards and Custom also have fretboard binding. Just putting on body binding doesn't give you the same look.

    What color is that Studio.
     
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    I thought he said he only used the razor for the neck and the fretboard.

    EDIT: he was answering a question about the neck joint and his answer is really unclear to me. Oh well, still awesome.
     
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    I did it... lots of work, but it can be done. You have to refret your neck though and you need to refinish the whole guitar. Can be costly if you don't do it by yourself.

    I only paid a couple of bucks for the materials, but having it done by a pro can cost you as much as a new guitar!

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  20. ronniesize

    ronniesize Senior Member

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    damn - im torn between the two options - im planning to ahve a pro do it for me coz im a wuss =)
     

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