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Old 11-04-2020, 03:34 AM
Howard Emerson Howard Emerson is offline
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Originally Posted by hakkolu View Post
I recently acquired a 2002 Gibson L5 that I noticed has a ridge all around the binding - wood joint.
It is like the wood is not level or flush with the binding. Wood stands a little higher where the side, top, and back woods meet the binding.
It is not as bad on the neck.
In the worst spot, there is actually a surface crack at the meeting joint (the bottom of the guitar body).
It is not impacting playability and I don't mind that it is there.
I read elsewhere that this could be caused by too much scraping of the binding.
My concern is, can it also be due to binding shrinking or the wood expanding over time?
If so, what can be done to ensure it does not get any worse?
I am keeping the guitar humidified with 2 D'Addario humidipacks inserted in the F Holes in the case.
It may be from over-humidifying.

Think about it. If all the plastic/wood meeting areas show the same thing, what are the chances that the person doing the scraping did so in a consistently poor manner?

Conversely if the binding were shrinking in a way to cause that, wouldn't splitting of the binding be expected?

Where are you living and what it the average relative humidity in your area at this time of year?

Post pictures, please.

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