Ok I figured I would do some tutorials for the site here on some simple mods that can totally change the look of a boring instrument. Yes some of us have boring guitars
so up first is a mod I began doing back in 93 or so, and still use this mod to this day, its durable, its decent looking, and only costs around $15
For the Faux binding we are going to be using automotive pin striping, this is cheap and extremely durable, it will last longer then you think, there is pin striping on cars that is 50 years old LOL and thats with mother nature throwing stuff at it, I think it will withstand our abuse.
Anyways you will need the following.
One roll of the thick pin striping for the body
One roll of the multi pin striping for the neck and headstock
A pair of scissors
Here is a shot of the pin striping itself, in this case I decided on silver
Now first we are going to do the headstock, in the picture above you see the multi pin striping is two separate sizes you want to cut this in half with the scissors. The part we want is the thicker of the two, throw away the real thin stuff or save it for something else. You want to cut a piece that will wrap around the complete headstock with about 2 inches or so more on each side.
Now you want to start at the first fret or so and slowly work down to the headstock. Following the the flat edge of the headstock, go completely around pulling slightly on the pin stripe to get it to stretch around the corners. This pinstripe is resilient so you can really stretch it around almost any corner, in my case it is sharp corners.
Now were going to move on to the fretboard. Before doing the fretboard you should have a piece of headstock binding in the way carefully trim this from the fretboard edge to the nut. You then have a perfect seam to put the neck binding down.
Do the neck binding by sighting the lower edge of the fretboard, this is easiest when using rosewood, and align the pin stripe with that edge, all the way down the board.
At this point you should have the headstock done, as well as the neck binding, now its time to move on to the body. Remove the neck, its soooo much easier with out the neck on.
With the neck removed, grab the thicker pin stripe and begin with a inch or so in the neck pocket, come out of the neck pocket and align the pin stripe with the top edge of the guitar, this takes a bit of practice and a good eye but its not to difficult.
You want to have it be on continuous piece of pin stripe, since we dont have to cut or trim this size pin stripe just keep the roll going.
You should now have a almost perfect straight line across the body.
Finish is off by bringing the pinstripe back into the neck pocket of the other side, attach your neck and bask in the glory of your first simple mod, Faux Binding.
You can get this kind of pinstripe at any auto store, and it comes in all sorts of colors from white, gold, silver, black, chrome etc.