Falcon binding inconsistencies?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Luker, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. Luker

    Luker Newbie

    Dec 18, 2016
    Hi Guys,

    Just bought a falcon jr and I have noticed along the neck the binding is fairly cloudy in areas. I want to know if this is normal or if the binding is lifting and could get worse? I have taken the best photos i can for now.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2020
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Doesn't look like its lifting, have you tried polishing it? Does it feel rough? If you tap it with your fingernail does it sound hollow?
  3. Luker

    Luker Newbie

    Dec 18, 2016
    I dont think so yet, but there is a strange lip that I catch while playing so thats what highlighted it to me first. Maybe it just needs a bit of a set up...
  4. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Gretschie

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    That kinda looks like it's been scuffed, but I can't tell if the paint is the same in the same area.
  5. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    To me it also looks like a polishing inconsistancy in the binding.
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  6. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    My Falcon binding does not look like that. Unfortunately, it looks like they used a naff bit of plastic. It's just clear plastic over the sparkle backing so either the clear plastic is not clear or there are distortions in the backing.

    You can try polishing but it strikes me that if it's a problem with the finish, then it would affect the blue part of the neck as well.
  7. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    If the binding should be painted over with some kind of a clear laquer I would assume that it does not stick correctly on the plastic. Obviously it is bonding correctly with the blue colour.
    A saw this phenomenon on a black Jet where the black drum-wrap-top has been painted with clear laquer. There were dull areas on it because the laquer lifted a bit off the drum-wrap.
    That would be a bummer.
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