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 Post subject: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:27 pm 
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Does anybody have a sense of what's best for binding banding? I know some use twill tape, some use rubberbands. LMI has a 50'x7/8" rubber band, StewMac has large rubberbanda that are 1/4" wide. I can't decide if static is better than stretchy. Anybody?
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 Post subject: Re: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:47 pm 
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Well, for what its worth as I've only built one guitar so far. I used simple painters tape and it worked quite well for me. Also quite easy to remove, say versus masking tape.

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 Post subject: Re: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:50 pm 
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I just use the brown binding tape. Although my last guitar I had to supplement with clamps because of some ornery binding. I have a large roll of twill tape, but I've never tried to use it.

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 Post subject: Re: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:01 pm 
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Brown tape (use the heat gun to ease removal without pulling up wood).

I've tried upholster's tape (twill) like Laskin but didn't like it. I tried Manzer's method of using surgical tubing but worried, probably unduly, about frisbee-ing the guitar across the room if I lost control. I used big rubber bands too but only for one guitar.

The only thing I haven't tried and might, someday, is using broad rubber strips (cut up inner tubes) running over the guitar and down to hooks on a support. The late Rob Girdis used this system and his bindings were perfect without having to go back and tighten them up.

But brown tape is great!


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 Post subject: Re: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:44 pm 
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I have been using the green 3M tape from Uline. There is a little stretch to it and it comes up fairly easy. I think anything that does the job for your technique will work. This is something you can dry fit to see what works best before you glue up.
I had seen a binding clamp made but it looks impractical for real use. It didn't give you access to the sides to see if you had a good tight fit on the sides. One hint is to think down and In as you tape up.

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 Post subject: Re: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:02 pm 
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I also used the green 3M painters tape. I got it at a car parts store that carries paining supplies. I think I got mine from O'Rielly but any NAPA store should have it as well (and probably a lot of other car parts stores).

Edit to add that I sprayed the top with shellac before binding so the tape came up easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Binding Banding
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:27 pm 
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I little tip that Rick Davis likes to share.

When removing tape of any kind from a top (spruce, cedar, redwood, etc...), if you heat the tape up with a heat gun a little, it will soften the adhesive and you are a lot less likely to pull up fibers!

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