Installing binding on the archtop guitar
Installing the binding is much harder than you can probably imagine.
Basically, the binding is just for ornamental purposes and is not necessary to the performance of a guitar. You could say it is for protection of the end grain against moisture or all edges of the guitar, but a good finish can protect the wood. And changing the binding on a guitar is not as easy as changing something like a bumper on a car, so I prefer going without binding on guitars. As a matter of fact, dealing with bindings is often a pain in the neck when doing repairs or building a guitar.
It is very hard to imagine for anyone who has never tried it how difficult it is to install binding or repair it on an old guitar or poorly made guitar. I will discuss the repair of binding some other time.
We refinished the side and back of the guitar after the binding was installed. As the original sunburst finish was too wide on the dark part to show off the nice figure maple, we made it a little bit narrower than original.