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    Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    So I have a ES335 custom order with gibson, and initially I thought this binding is the color "cream". But now it has come to my attention that it can be tanned?

    I think it is impossible to distinguish the difference on them. It seems like you have cream with "ageing" which looks identical to tanned. Help?

    I do not, I repeat, I do not want the bindings to look white.

    The best would be if could post a specific image showing the difference.
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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I would go with tanned & ditch flame !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    Quote Originally Posted by AA00475Bassman View Post
    I would go with tanned & ditch flame !
    Yes, no flame!

    The photo was more intended to show the binding color. I have no idea what is the difference between the two, and neither does it seems that Gibson does.

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I do think any shade than white ! Congratulation you must be excited !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    He thinks the mirror is a photo of a clown ?

    The Myth: Neat wiring layouts always equate to great-sounding amps.

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I don't understand threads like this. You need help with what you like?
    "I am the kind of guy that only buys 100 watt heads just to play at home. I feel like if an amp can't kill a heard of cattle 100 yards away what is the point of owning it."

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    Quote Originally Posted by wmachine View Post
    I don't understand threads like this. You need help with what you like?

    Pretty clear that you didn’t read it :-)

    i need help distinguishing the difference between cream and tanned bindings. Google ES335 cream bindings. Sometimes it’s like white, other times it’s like golden. Before I define what I like, I need to know what Gibson are doing..


    edit: I asked my local dealer, and they said Memphis cream is yellow and Nashville cream is white. Don’t know if that’s true?
    Last edited by zerp; 12-22-18 at 12:42 PM.

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I wouldn't rely too much on Google, that'll give you pretty much anything related to 335s, even if you qualify it with "cream", so it'll all be mixed together.

    I'm likely wrong about this, but I think generally speaking, cream binding is used with sunburst colors, white binding is reserved for ebony finishes, as well as 355sand tan for the rest. There are exceptions of course.

    Here's cream:



    Here's tan:



    It's a bit darker than cream.

    And here's white:



    Sorry if this didn't help, but I gave it a shot nonetheless.


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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    Quote Originally Posted by zerp View Post
    Pretty clear that you didnít read it :-)

    i need help distinguishing the difference between cream and tanned bindings. Google ES335 cream bindings. Sometimes itís like white, other times itís like golden. Before I define what I like, I need to know what Gibson are doing..


    edit: I asked my local dealer, and they said Memphis cream is yellow and Nashville cream is white. Donít know if thatís true?
    Okay, I get it. But shouldn't Gibson be able to show you exactly what it is? Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks it is or should be.
    I do find it interesting that even on the reissues with the "darker" bindings that the pick guard edges are still stark white. And that is still an unwanted contrast to darker bindings. However on VOS finished models, they add some of that finish to the pick guard edges, and that takes some of the edge off the white.
    "I am the kind of guy that only buys 100 watt heads just to play at home. I feel like if an amp can't kill a heard of cattle 100 yards away what is the point of owning it."

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I can't help you with your question, but tell us more about your custom order. What did you spec out?

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    How about black





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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    Ewww! I LIKE that...


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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    Quote Originally Posted by zerp View Post
    Yes, no flame!

    The photo was more intended to show the binding color. I have no idea what is the difference between the two, and neither does it seems that Gibson does.
    A flame top red ES335 looks stunning I think.

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I think for an ES-335 all of the binding is cream. If the binding looks more yellowed I think it simply means the lacquer clear coat has been tinted amber to mimic the color of the old yellowed lacquer clear coat that you see on a vintage Gibsons.

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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    I am all for this:





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    Re: Help me choose the appropriate binding color on a ES335

    That is a stunning guitar, renderit!

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