- Jun 28, 2008
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Not just aesthetics. Binding has a functional purpose. It protects the body edges from chips and dents, and gives the fretboard a smoother feel.You re right when you say it's only aesthetics...but aesthetics are important. Everyone loves a beautiful guitar, and they can be beautiful with or without binding imo. Some LPs should have binding, I can't imagine a LP Custom without all that binding, top, bottom, neck and headstock. On the other hand I think an SG WITH binding would look terrible.
Concerning Studios...To me it depends on the color. I'm not a huge fan of black or wine red Studios because imo those colors look better with binding. This is all a matter of personal preference of course. To me most other color Studios look fine without binding.
The bottom line though is... if a guitar sounds and feels great it doesn't matter much either way.