Binding - 4001 Rick Bass

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Binding - 4001 Rick Bass

Postby (gschank) » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:09 pm

The white binding on my 1972 Jet Black bass with checkerboard binding has dried out and small areas have chipped away. Is there a recommended replacement product, and if so, will it affect the vintage value? It is in great shape and all original. I am in southern California. Any recommended techs? Thanks.
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Re: Binding - 4001 Rick Bass

Postby (jps) » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:36 pm

Good, clear, close-up photos would help.
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Re: Binding - 4001 Rick Bass

Postby (teb) » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:15 am

Replacing binding is not a job for an amateur or someone unfamiliar with working on Rickenbackers. Since the binding is under the varnish it may involve refinishing part or all of the bass. The collector market is extremely picky about mods, repairs and refins to "vintage" instruments (and often for no good reason, but they're heavily into the "relic" BS) so to a lot of people, fixing it up may certainly harm the resale value. To others of us, we would like our old instruments to look as pristine as possible and refinishing or repairs are just fine, but if you intend to sell it any time in the near future, I'd leave it alone.
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Re: Binding - 4001 Rick Bass

Postby (doctorwho) » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:40 am

gschank wrote:... I am in southern California. Any recommended techs? Thanks.

I would recommend that you talk with Steve Soest at Soest Guitars ( which is SoCal. He doesn't list binding work on his site, but he might be able to give you an idea of what the cost would be.

FWIW, I concur that it might be better to leave it alone. As Jeff pointed out, good, clear close-up photos would help us in assessing the situation.
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