How to repair neck binding on '55 Les Paul?

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  1. jdmp

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    I was playing my '55 Lester last week and a chunk of the neck binding fell off. It's a Dave Johnson refin that I bought from Marks Guitar Loft a few years ago. It had been refretted but Mark had gone to some effort to preserve the binding and nibs. What do you guys suggest for re-attaching the binding? Some photos below, including a photo of the full guitar for your viewing pleasure!

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    A touch of super glue and some masking tape and you’re good :)
     
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    The correct glue is, I believe, Duco cement or similar, slightly diluted with acetone.
     
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    I'm going with the premierguitar.com article. Have ordered some Titebond 2. Should be gluing later in the week. Thanks everyone.
     
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    Note that your binding is celluloid, while the binding in the article is normal ABS. Celluloid cement with acetone will actually melt the ends and merge them together.
     
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    When in doubt about your ability to do this well, have a pro look at it.
     
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    Clean the edge of fret board, neck side and back of binding piece and mask off edges well then dampen the binding back with acetone and quickly set it in place with a strap or clamp until dried. It will only take a couple of minutes to set. You can seal the cracks on each end the same way by dipping a razor blade or pin in acetone to apply in the crack. Again you should mask the neck and fret board very carefully to protect them.
     
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    ditto acetone to melt binding into itself - works great
     
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    Acetone it is. Will give it a shot today. Wish me luck guys!
     
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    I think that’s the right approach, but just make sure you’re extremely careful, since acetone will eat into lacquer, and can make a mess out of the binding itself if you’re not careful. So, mask everything off real well. And best of luck!


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    Be extremely careful!
     
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    Still haven't done this...might give it a try this weekend. For the acetone application, I was going to dip a cotton bud then just one quick wipe on the back of the binding. Is that enough? Also, was going to use fingernail polish remover as acetone. Is that OK, or should I find some hard core acetone solvent at a chem supplier?

    Finally, is the blue painters tape good enough for masking?
     
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    in Germany fingernail polish remover is free of acetone
     
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    Honestly I don't think acetone alone will keep it in place. I would get duco cement, dilute it with acetone a little, put small amount on the fretboard side and the broken binding ends, set in place. Then carefully smear the break lines with acetone to try to make the surface melt together.
     
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    Since it’s a Vintage Guitar I’d get it done professionally, unless...........

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    tried to contact spirit healer or a homoeopath? it works :laugh2:
     
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    For that guitar OP why don't you just take it to a Luthier?? They would do this day in and day out, their experience alone would be worth the $100 or so they may charge..
     
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