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Binding on the Body?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blu bro, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Always binding if its an option

    9 vote(s)
  2. Dont care at all- as long as it plays well

    5 vote(s)
  3. Most definitely not

    1 vote(s)
  4. Carrots- lots of carrots

    3 vote(s)
  1. Blu bro

    Blu bro

    Mar 1, 2012
    I try really hard not to judge a bass purely by its cosmetics. But I just cant get over binding on the body of a bass- on the neck I quiet like it. But just cant get behind it on the body (and feel its slightly uncomfortable).

    One day this may change (and I hope it does) as I want to only judge a musical instrument by how it plays and sounds- but I cant help but fall into the trap of listening with my eyes.

    Am I alone? what is the general consensus?
  2. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    I'm alright with it. It does depend on the bass I guess. Aerodyne, hollow bodies, Rickenbacker, etc.
  3. BassholeKI


    Feb 10, 2017
    I agree it depends on the bass.

    My ~1970 Rivoli (EA-260 really) has a bound body, and it wouldn't look as good if it were plain.
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  4. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Yes. I like. A lot. And with the body contour you'd never know it had a binding while playing.
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  5. murmur70

    murmur70 Supporting Member

    May 3, 2017
    As others have said it depends on the bass. I have a Fender Starcaster that is bound. Aerodynamic looks cool with binding. I have seen a 51 p style someone on here has that is pretty sweet looking as well.
  6. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Mandatory on an Archtop
  7. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    I like it on my Destroyer

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  8. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    I was born bound for binding.
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  9. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Not counting hollow bodies, Rickenbackers and Les Paul type basses, I think it's really nice on this.
    Wouldn't have it any other way.
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  10. I don't have a problem with it.


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  11. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD

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  12. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification
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  13. BassholeKI


    Feb 10, 2017
    Certain basses/body styles absolutely call for it.
  14. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I love binding but I have to agree that it completely depends on the bass .

    A ric 4003 is great with binding , a 4003s is even better without ! Lol !
  15. Love the look, ain’t the most comfortable. But seeing as I have had a Rick 4003 since about 1991, I guess I don’t mind it much. I don’t seek it out either.
  16. Oh, so I guess that means I should vote carrots. Which I did.
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