Hi builders - I was hoping to specifically get a luthier's perspective on this question, though for my purposes it is a possible repair, so I'l; heck in that forum as well. Do you, as builders, see body binding as a purely decorative element? Is there any load-bearing on the body binding? Is binding ever essential to the structural integrity of a semi-hollow bass, in your building experience? I know this is a bit of a specific question that pertains to a narrow selection of builders, but I would like to know from someone with some construction knowledge the role of binding in building semi-hollow instruments, in this case, a center blocked semi-hollow with top and rear binding. Thanks, and I do apologize if this is better suited to the repair forum, where I'll put up a similar question but with information relevant to the specific repair I am looking into.