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Pics of bound fretboards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mark beem, Jul 1, 2003.


  1. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Anybody have a bass with one?? Lets see some pics!!
     
  2. gyancey

    gyancey

    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I "bind" lots of my fretboards:

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  3. darkspec

    darkspec

    Jan 2, 2003
    Cleveland Ohio
    The essex 75 jazz bass has a creme white binding arounf the frettboard. If you dont know the link check them out at www.rondomusic.com ...I know the essex binding is not a state of the art expensive one, but i think it adds a nice look to the neck.
     
  4. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Wish this was mine....

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  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Sweet fretboard, Greg! Is that Wenge?

    Here's my 75 Reissue Jazz that I've modified heavily:

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    I haven't been playing it very much, and I keep toying with the idea of selling it, but I don't know if I can bear to part with it.
     
  6. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
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    Here's my MIJ '75 reissue before the mods took place. Mods include a J Retro, custom colored p/g, and bridge & p'up covers.
     
  7. I love that look! Gimme a few weeks, an I should be able to post pics of my Nordstrand...

    Mike
     
  8. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    I've never been particularly attracted by bound fretboards but whatever floats your boat.

    Is there any structural reason for it or is it just a chance for the luthier to demonstrate their woodworking skills?

    Wulf
     
  9. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    No.. pretty much just for decoration..
     
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
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    here's the Benavente that Lowell (hippysandwich) ordered last winter :cool:
     
  11. gyancey

    gyancey

    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    bassmonkeee,
    Yes its a wenge fretboard with bubinga binding (matches neck laminates). I do it mostly because its fun but in this case the wenge was just a hair too narrow so it got binding... plus it looks good with the amboyna top.
     
  12. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I wondered if that was bubinga. I'd have looked extra cool if I had guessed that, too, huh? :D

    I almost forgot my other bass with binding:

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    My 6 string Athlete AX-6 Acoustic with bound Ebony fretboard.
     
  13. toad

    toad

    Jun 26, 2002
    NYC
    here's one.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1040370">
     
  14. Well, on ebony boards (really prone to seasonal expansion and contraction), a binding can provide some protection from shrinking, and to the degree that the board does shrink, it keeps the fret ends from protruding beyond the edge of the board. Of course, it's also decorative.

    At least, that's the way I've always heard to for acoustic guitars, where bindings and ebony boards are used a lot more frequently. Sometimes acoustics will even have bindings made of the same wood as the fretboard and be almost impossible to see, so they're clearly intended to be functional and not showy.

    Mike
     
  15. Both of my basses have bound fretboards - but you know what they look like... Rickenbacker 4003 and Fender Geddy Lee Jazz.

    --jeff
     
  16. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    j-radj and speddling:

    They are some beautiful bits of wood!
     
  17. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    kirbywrx,

    Yeah...But the one in my post is from the Fodera site ("the beast", Emperor II)... I really wish it was mine. I think that the one in speddling's post is his actual bass...

    speddling,

    That "..g-thang.." Tune is hip. I really like that Bene-51 that you have.
     
  18. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    bassmonkee, woodchuck, toad - BEAUTIFUL basses, man! You can probably guess that I'm a big Fender Jazz fan. For my own personal tastes, nothing beats them aesthetically and I love 'em for overall playability and sound, too. A beautiful Jazz will turn my head more than any bass made.
     
  19. gyancey

    gyancey

    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Here's the bass that goes along with that bound fretboard picture I posted earlier: (I've since switched the wenge out for masking tape...)
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  20. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Thanks everyone!! Keep 'em coming!!