Quick Question (or two) - Is binding less comfortable?

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  1. ladave

    ladave Tele-Holic

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    Pardon my ignorance.

    Thinking about getting a Tele Custom but have not handled one and I'm curious.

    Do they have a smaller radius because of the binding? Because they look like they do in photos.

    If so is in less comfortable on the forearm, particularly for seated playing?

    Are there any other reasons for or against binding? Or is it strictly cosmetic?

    Thanks!
     
  2. davidge1

    davidge1 Friend of Leo's

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    Yes... a Tele will have a smaller edge radius with binding. And for me, definitely less comfortable. I like the look, but it probably wouldn't be my first choice for that reason. Then again, it could be because I'm not used to it.
     
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    Can't see how you "feel" binding, to were it means jack.
     
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    You can only “notice” binding if you’re out of beer and playing a Chender.
     
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    Not the binding so much, but the smaller radius edge is what I was asking about. Actually I wasn't even sure if it was a smaller radius, which is why I asked.
     
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    Binding tends to have a sharp edge to it yes. Whether someone's playing style is bothered by it that's up to the player.
     
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    I like the look of a bound Tele. Don't have one, but I want one.
     
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    Some people say that the double binding digs into their ribs as the back isn't rounded off like a normal Tele. I've never had that issue with any of my double bounds (nor the forearm issue you mentioned) but might be worth going to a nearby shop to see if you like it or not.
     
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    Play an acoustic for a week and you won't even notice the binding on a Tele.
     
  11. ladave

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    Thanks for mentioning that, I hadn't even considered the rear binding. Definitely going to go find one in a store now to test it out.
     
  12. ladave

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    Haha, yeah that puts in in perspective.
     
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    Play your current Tele where and how you most often play it for a bit and stop, freezing your hand and arm position and see where you are resting on the guitar.

    Maybe run a wrap of cardboard around the arm and belly area of the Tele to simulate a completely square edged rim and see what that does to your playing.

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    No forearm cut is less comfortable period. Binding a touch less comfortable than not. Back binding really starts to make a difference.
     
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    It has never bothered me. I have a few extra lbs on me though. Unless I’m playing punk stuff like I did in my teens, I never have any discomfort in my forearm from the binding. If I am playing punk stuff, my arm may get a bit tender. It always has though even with my Les Pauls. My sg’s and my firebird are thin and cause no issues along with any strat I have ever owned. Everyone is different though.
     
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    I didn’t read the other replies but here is my take: I’m becoming even more of a hack player as my hands age but have played for 45+ years and owned more guitars than years. I cut my electric guitar teeth on Stratocasters but perhaps my favorite guitar ever is the AV62 Custom Tele I bought used many moons ago. I love everything about it. Yes, it is double bound.

    I was an acoustic player for my first 20 years so maybe I’m accustomed to guitars that are “uncomfortable” as those big old dreads are kinda thick and sure don’t have rounded edges. But I’ve got arthritis in places I didn’t know I had and wouldn’t even know about double bound Teles sharp edges without the wonder of the Information Superhighway. I’d not give it even one second of thought in guitar prospecting.
     
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    Plenty of people play bound bodies and necks without issues. Most Les Pauls are bound.
     
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    I can't believe all the whining about the edge of a bound Tele. Do you realize that an acoustic guitar has the same radiused edge and they're usually 4" wide!? ...and played by millions.
     
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    I go between a 52 and 62 AVRI, I dont feel any difference.
     
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    And yet there are lots of acoustic guitars they purposely put an arm wedge/rest in and/or round the edges without a traditional binding too.

    But yah.. bound acoustic with all hard edges is way more likely to be uncomfortable than any Telecaster.
     
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