Headstock and neck binding


New Member
May 18, 2013
Portland, Oregon
Im currently in the middle of ordering a Private Stock 24 stoptail guitar. I wanted to spec a stained maple binding to match the body color but, was told the won’t stain the bindings, anyone know why that is? Thanks!


Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?
Jan 4, 2018
I’ve pondered the same before. I’m guessing it must be because of the amount of handling, heating, bending and trimming involved for headstock bindings. Which would destroy or compromise any stain that was pre-applied.

On the other hand if you were to stain only after the binding is installed, it might not be possible to use any taping/scraping technique to prevent the stain bleeding into the headstock veneer and neck.

Perhaps only for the fingerboard it might be possible, if you could glue in pre-stained bindings onto the fingerboard before fretting and installing on the neck. In this case the binding strips are straight and may not require so much forming and trimming.

It’s just a wild guess in the end, no one outside of PRS really knows. A luthier would be able to give an accurate opinion!