Binding Repair

Discussion in 'Restoration & Repair' started by Lars, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Lars

    Lars New Member

    Nov 28, 2017
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    I'm new here in this forum and have a couple question how to do some cosmetics to my guitars.

    First one is the PM100 by Ibanez. When I was younger I drilled a whole for my strap button on the side of the upper cutaway (pic below). Now I removed this because I don't like it anymore (put it back in the classic position on the back). Is there any way to "fill" this hole in the binding? Doesn't need to look perfect.

    Kind of a similar problem: I hate pick-guards and removed it from my Gibson ES-335. Now those two holes need to be filled somehow as well. Right now I have the screws in there, but that looks really terrible. What would you recommend for that?

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    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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  3. Glen K. Peterson

    Glen K. Peterson New Member

    Apr 23, 2020
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    These are hard questions and relatively expensive guitars. I can't see your pictures. If you have a high-quality plug-cutter and a really good matching wood, you can make your holes significantly less noticeable, but it's tricky, involving matching the type of wood, the grain, the fit, and the finish. It will always be visible. The question is only "how visible."

    I would just remove the screws from the ES-335 and tape them to the pickguard and place it in the case. That's expensive enough I wouldn't want to mofidy it. But if you're hell-bent, you can use the same technique there.

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