Rolling bound fretboard edges?

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  1. Ryguy

    Ryguy Member

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    I posted a few days ago about a 70-ish Les Paul Deluxe I picked up that has a skinny neck, and very uncomfortable binding. The binding is not rounded much at all, but rather has a very sharp ridge along the edge of the fretboard. Combined with the neck profile it is particularly awkward for me as I roll my thumb over the top when I play.

    What techniques can somebody recommend for softening the edges of the binding, like a rolled fretboard on an old Fender?
     
  2. Eagle1

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    NO NO NO.
    Sell it and get something you like .
     
  3. Ryguy

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    Well selling it is not much of an option, as it has a headstock crack on it, besides I love the guitar, and am not looking to put a Floyd Rose on it, just make it more comfortable to play. I can actually get along with neck profile, its the sharp ass-ed binding that bother me most.
     
  4. Bill Brasky

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    I've heard of people running a length of rope back and forth to soften the edges. I don't see why you couldn't do the same on a bound neck as long as you didn't get too crazy with it.
     
  5. Eagle1

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    OK
    Use a 3M foam sanding block (800 grit wet and dry)and mask off the parts you don't want to roll ,BUT.
     
  6. esoteric pete

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    its not really a big deal.

    if you like the guitar, and plan to keep it, make it comfortable.

    use a socket and some pressure. or some light sandpaper.

    never hurt anyone.
     
  7. Mr Fuzzy

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    medium to extra fine emery boards from a health & beauty shop, the kind used for manicures,
    much easier to control

    Then buff with a old cotton sock or coarse cotton t-shirt
     
  8. bazooka47

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    I "softened" the feel of the neck of my R8 Les Paul by gently polishing the edges of the fretboard with Micromesh polishing sheets and the foam block that is supplied. It did not remove any finish, just gave the neck and fretboard edge a more comfortable feel.
     
  9. rockinlespaul

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    I had my tech at Elderly roll the binding and fret ends on my lester. What a difference!:dude
     
  10. greenguard

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    I scrape the edges with a razor at a 45 degree angle, just enough to knock down the sharpness.

    Works great and is essentially invisible.
     

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