Fender Channel Bound Fretboards Don't Look Right

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  1. MarkF786

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    I've been wanting to buy an American Standard Stratocaster in sonic blue with a rosewood fretboard, which Fender currently offers - but only with a channel bound fretboard. I've looked at it many times hoping it would grow on me, and it just doesn't look right. I typically like neck binding on guitars, but not on Fenders. One the thing I like about sonic blue with rosewood is the contrast of the fretboard against the body, but the channel bound borders takes away from it.

    What do you think?

    I guess I'll have to keep an eye out for a used FSR model with a standard rosewood fretboard.
     
  2. Mangy71

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    I don't care for the way it looks either. I would probably buy an EJ Strat with rosewood fingerboard if not for the binding.
     
  3. rummy

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    I love binding. I'm a sucker for biding over the body, headstock, neck, etc. But those Fenders don't look right.
     
  4. Matt L

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    I like them. It's something new and obviously won't appeal to everyone.
     
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    I like them...a lot!

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  6. VicAjax

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    Yeah, I think they're pretty cool looking. The necks are just too thin for me, though.
     
  7. C-4

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    I love the look of the channel bound boards. I am not near any place that carries one to try out, but if the neck is too thin, I cannot play.

    I love the Dakota Red ones.

    Hey RnB,
    Are the necks on your channel bounds thin, C shaped, D shaped?
     
  8. 73Fender

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    Not for me but to each their own.
     
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    I like the way they look in online pics, but I haven't yet seen one in person.
     
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    I really dig them, one of the first Srats I ever experienced was a '65 with a bound board. I had no idea that they were so rare, at the time.
     
  11. guitarlifestyle

    guitarlifestyle I like guitars. Silver Supporting Member

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    I used to own an EJ Strat with binding, and I liked it, both the way it played and the way it looked.
     
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    I like the look.
     
  13. Jaan

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    I like mine (rosewood neck, maple fingerboard). Sounds really good. I do wish the neck wasn't so thin though; it's like a shallow C shape.
     
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    If I were to buy a Strat, I would go for that. I like it.
     
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    Love the binding, but the profile is more important.
     
  16. dazco

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    I think they look great, but one of the things about fenders i love is the simplicity, and i grew up with that. So it just seems too overdone to me. So if that makes any sense, i think they look great but not "right". On a gibson it's the other way around. They look wrong to me w/o neck binding. (and yeas, i realize it's channel bound and not actual binding but the look is basically the same)
     
  17. RnB

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    They are not D-shaped or thin, but medium C-contours. I got them a long time ago from a friend that worked at Gryphon in Palo Alto, CA. $100 ea. :>) Actually, they're a good handful of neck w/ a 12" radius & med jumbo frets, unlike the one's that Allparts sells now...

    I dinged a fret on the red one, so it's had a fret level. The frets are smaller than I like now, so I'd like to do a refret on it...

    That's the look I was trying to achieve...
     
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  18. Sirloin

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    I wish they would add binding to the body
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    I thought they looked great from the front, but when I tried one out in person, it looked weird from the playing position...which is where I see my guitars.
     
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    I had tried a friend's Fender Select Jazzmaster with a channel bound neck and it was terrific. The shape was a fairly deep D shape. I was excited about the Tel and Strats having a channel bound neck, but I just got off the phone with a store that had them and told me the necks are the same cut as the Standard American versions of the respective guitars. i want a slightly deeper neck.
     

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