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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to cover up those boring dots - stupid inlays

While some actually perfer the standard dot inlays found on most guitars...I hate them. And much perfer the look of a blank fretboard. Recently, I've been using name labels and filling them in with a black sharpie, then cutting them into little squares and covering the dots that way. It actually works really well and they can't be seen...But over time they do eventually begin to wear and sometimes even peel off while I'm playing which is NOT good...Especially when it curls up and begins to mute my middle C string!!

So untill I can pay the big $$$ to have new blank fretboards put on my guitars, whats the BEST way to cover these dots up?? If I got a rosewood shade of nail polish...Could I carefully paint over the abalone inlays without hurting the fretboard?? I don't think it should be a problem but I'm worried the polish will wear off too...I'd rather something that will really stay. Any more suggestions??

I tried coloring them with a sharpie and that always ends up wiping off within 2 days...
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 09:17 AM
 
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How to cover up those boring dots

Don't they sell wood color markers at hardware *stores? I cant remember but a hardware store would be a good place to look.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 08:34 PM
 
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How to cover up those boring dots

The best way would be to get access to a drill press, and CAREFULLY drill out the dot inlays. *Then get some rosewood plugs and glue them in with an epoxy, sand to match the shape of the fretboard and Voila! *If you first make up a batch of rosewood sanding dust, and mix this in with the epoxy, you will have a colour matched filler in case the rosewood plugs don't fit perfectly. *Just make sure you glue in the plugs with the grain running the same as the fretboard or up close it will be fairly noticable.
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