How to repair neck binding on '55 Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by jdmp, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. jdmp

    jdmp Member

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    Nov 24, 2015
    I'm in Sydney Australia. I know luthiers that I trust for setups...nobody that I would trust for this...
  2. jimi55lp

    jimi55lp Senior Member

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    Mar 24, 2007
    Acetone is what is used to attach the binding and it will hold and also melt the crack seams to blend. I'm not sure if nail polish remover will work since most I've seen are mild or toned down acetone content. Just mask off well and place fret board facing down to prevent drips from reaching neck finish. You just want to dampen the backside of the binding piece and along with the crack edges and quickly place it against the fret board for application holding it until set. The crack seam edges can be melted to the other binding by dipping a razor blade edge into acetone and quickly putting it in between the two pieces makeing it melt or dissolve together. It happens very fast and sets fast also. I've repaired many cracks in jack plates this way. The crack between the neck lacquer and the binding can be drop filed with lacquer not acetone!
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