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Bind or build a neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by devin_bass, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. devin_bass


    Nov 1, 2012
    So I think I want binding on my neck, but buying a new neck from warmoth the way I want it is really expensive. Does anyone know someone who can bind a bass neck? Or at least build me one thats of great quality besides warmoth?
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Adding binding to a neck isn't all that difficult, if you have the right equipment. Most good luthiers can do it. It's just really labor intensive. They have to do a full refret and hand trim the tangs on both ends of each fret.

    Wait until the bass needs a refret anyway and get it done then.
  3. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    At least that long, yeah.

    It really requires skill to do right as a retrofit and there are a lot of things to screw up (which will probably be concealed from the customer -- at least until it's too late). I can't imagine it being worth the hassle, cost and risk to an owner.
  4. sowilson


    Jul 5, 2013
    Or get the neck from Warmouth without frets installed (fret slots cut), bind it, and then have it fretted and finished.
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    It's pretty common with refrets to lay the fret over the binding on the ends, and that's how I prefer it anyways.
  6. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    With the exception of the weird way Gibson does it, I haven't seen it done otherwise on a bound neck.

    There's nothing difficult about refretting a bound neck. The tangs are back-cut (and come that way) to compensate, so there's no extra work.

    The relative difficulty is in binding a neck already built otherwise.
  7. Flump


    Feb 20, 2012
    I just want to know why they continue to do this. Terrible practice that leaves less playing area. D.U.M.
  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    You can get pre-back-cut frets that are the right width? Everyone I've ever known who does it uses bulk spools of fret wire.
  9. Hope this is not a stupid question but what is binding?
  10. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Yes...though of course they are approximate fits and are finished to length.

    That's what they use at the factory when bound necks are made.

  11. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    Because traditionalists demand they do it
  12. devin_bass


    Nov 1, 2012
    Thanks for all the replies guys. Guess Ill just wait a decade or two when I refret :p
  13. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    I don't think its worth adding binding to an existing neck unless you are in love with the neck. I would buy one with binding. I think binding is beautiful.