01:00Fingerboards, pegheads and resonators of acoustic instruments are often decorated at the edges by a durable material called "Binding." Binding is the inlaid trim around the parts of an instrument. Specifically, it's the inlay at the very corner edges and is often of a contrasting material or color, chosen to highlight the appearance of the instrument.
Binding is usually made of a hard, tough wood or plastic and besides adding visual appeal, serves the functional purpose of protecting the instrument's edges from nicks and bumps.
Binding made from modern plastics can be made to simulate a wide variety of natural materials, including ivory, tortoise shell, mother of pearl, and other increasingly rare materials. Binding can also be manufactured into highly stylized designs and can range from simple white to gold sparkle; even "Clown Barf" can be used to bind an instrument.
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