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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-21-2003, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Neck binding and headstock decal questions

i've got an RG421 which i'm doing a bit of hardware change to, and i've got a few questions:

-i've since installed creme plastic pickup rings (which look great on the black finish) and the binding on the neck is a bit too white... it contrasts with the pickup rings. my question then is about giving binding that "aged" creme look (without all the age) any easy way to do this?

-second, i was wondering if the swoosh and the "RG series" decals on the headstock come off easily... are they an exterior application, or are they under the paint clearcoat?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-21-2003, 12:45 PM
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The binding on the current guitars will probably not yellow with age. Sometimes you can stain it with coffee grounds and water, but you need to be able to submerge the plastic in that solution, not really do-able when it's already on the neck. Typically binding yellowing was not the binding so much as it was the laquer used to clear coat the guitars. However the older celluloid type bindings did yellow. I think your best bet if you really want a creme binding would be to have the binding replaced, though that requires a refret and can be costly.
As for the decals, if it is a single color decal (which I don't think the 421 is) it's just a silk screen on top of the clear and scrapes off fairly easily. If it is the Chrome Ibanez logo it is under the clear and you would have to sand the clear all the way down and refinish the entire headstock. If you want to know more about the binding/refret and headstock feel free to shoot me an email

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clear coat , pickup ring , pickup rings

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