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I'm repairing a simple 4c guitar that I made 35 years ago. The soundboard has been off a couple of times in its history (and again today) and the edges are starting to get a bit ratty. It's a decent piece of spruce and I'd be sweir [useful Scots word] to replace it with a new one.
I know that lutes often had a 'lace', often just a strip of parchment, to cover the edge, and I would guess that this was done because the soundboard would have been off for repairs a few times and no doubt would start looking a bit worse for wear.
I wonder what the authenticity police would say if I suggested that a parchment 'lace' would be a neat answer to my problem? I don't know if there's any evidence of this having been done to guitars, but would be interested to hear views.
If you're concerned about "authenticity," is it too late to install half-binding?
The again, why not lace? It can just be a "later model" 4c guitar, right...?
Yes - It orginally had half-binding, but it's getting a bit chipped and ragged as well. I suppose I could try and replace it with a new half binding. A lace would be easier though . . .