I kinda like the look of binding in the necks and bodies of basses when I see it, but I've always wondered if there was a practical purpose for it? Is there some history to binding in the luthier trade? Is it just done for looks? Also, as far as necks go I've seen some where the frets showed through the binding and some where they don't. Is that just a stylistic thing or is one a shortcut over the other (probably more preferrable but time consuming or skill requiring) technique?