Neck Binding. Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Darren Low, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Yay

    131 vote(s)
  2. Nay

    38 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    93 vote(s)
  1. Darren Low

    Darren Low

    Sep 28, 2012
    And why or why not?
  2. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    Yes, binding is nice on a show bass. However, I wouldn't have it on my main bass unless I were willing to pay the extra cost for re-fretting a bound neck when the time comes.

    Also, it depends on the quality of the binding. It would cost a small fortune to have replaced.
  3. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    I like it just because it tends to make the neck feel faster in my experience. Never any fret sprout you can feel.
  4. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    Now that I have these two necks, I want black neck binding on all my maple FB basses. Black blocks too! I just like the way it makes the neck pop visually.
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  6. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Yes, because the side dots are easy to see in the dark.
  7. Yes, because my #1 has binding as well as my soon to arrive bass VI.

  8. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I love binding so I'm saying "Yay". I wish my #1 had binding just because I like it. If I didn't like the neck of my Highway Jazz so much I would swap it for a neck with inlays and binding.

    I'm also a jazz bass guy myself. I'm not sure if that makes a difference.
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I've got binding on three of mine. I like it, but don't crave it.

    Here's two.


    And here's the other one.

  10. I voted carrots because I don't usually dig freboard bindings in general, but on the right bass, a binding can look really nice. Chris Stambaugh surprised me with a binding on my six-string build and I love it.



  11. marijn van gils

    marijn van gils

    Jan 23, 2002
    My main bass doesn't have it, I certainly don't need it, but there are some basses with binding that I wouldn't mind owning:



  12. thebrian

    thebrian into the deep Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I like the way bound jazz necks feel from the 60s and 70s. They are different (and much better IMO) than most modern bound necks (like the Geddy Lee or even the American Fender Deluxe series jazz). On those models (and most of the modern basses I've seen), the frets are just slapped right over the binding and they extend all the way to the edge of the neck/binding, so the binding is purely cosmetic.

    On the old necks, the frets stop at the binding. This makes it so the fret ends can be rolled before they hit the binding so you don't feel the fret ends as you slide your hand up and down the neck. The binding itself can then be rolled to give a nice rounded edge. I'm sure this extra fret work costs more and that's why it isn't commonly done nowadays, but once you feel one of those old necks, the new ones just feel cheap IMO.

    New style (Geddy Lee Jazz neck):

    Old school:
  13. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    I loved the idea of it until I bought (mail order) a MIM 70s jazz. The white neck binding just looked cheap and nasty to me. I sent it back for a whole host of reasons but it put me off neck bindings for good.
  14. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Carrots. Doesnt matter to me if it has binding or not. My current bass has binding. Some previous ones Ive owned did some didnt. Wasnt an issue when selecting the basses. Ive noticed fret sprout of top edge over the binding sticking out the sides on some guitars and basses. So I dont concider bound necks less fret sproutty.
  15. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010

    I probably should have read the comments before I clicked "yay." I just saw the poll in the sidebar and didn't realise it was about anything specific. So I just clicked "yay" because it sounded more positive.
  16. zeb_bass


    Oct 27, 2007
    Berlin Germany
    Big YAY
    +1 on the evtl. re-fretting cost

    ...but then on the other hand I´ve been playin bass since 20+ yrs. most of the time stainless steel strings and I have yet never gotten a re-fret.... so its actually not a deal breaker!
    Many Fenders of the 60s and 70s have their original worn fretwork and play just fine!

  17. +2 on the re-fretting cost. I do own one bass with binding, a Fender 75 RI Jazz, but that is in spite of the binding, not because of it.

  18. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    But I voted Yay 'cause I really like it when it's already there... involving dots or not...

    I sold my MIJ Geddy Lee for it was too subtle for my sonic needs, I'm not crying after its binding and big blocks

    But I love abalone binding and big blocks on ESP Frank Bello, even if, with ebony fingerboard and ivory sidedots, it's some times nearly impossible to guess where you're at under stage lights

  19. It depends. Block-inlays without binding is fugly, so there a binding is a must. But with just ordinary dot inlays, I like it more sober, and a binding is a bit too much (except when the body is bound)
  20. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  21. PJRL


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
    I like the simplistic & classic fenders look without binding.