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Inlay Installation Question.....

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by gregmon79, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    So I wanted to get some block or triangle inlays for one of my basses. If they're triangle I was thinking of the ones that are on a lot of Ricks. Where would I find them? And what are they typically made of? Vinyl maybe? And are they just applied like tape or are they adhered another way? I have no exp with this sort of thing so I'm bringing to y'all. Thanks for the advice/help/input to those who comment.

    Edit: This was also posted in the '"basses" forum and someone suggested I bring it here.
  2. lbridenstine

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    There are some places that sell "inlays" that are just stickers, you can look on ebay. Real inlays are actually inlaid into the wood, and are made from mother of pearl, abalone, wood, clay, etc (usually mother of pearl). If you want real ones, you can also check ebay, or you can look at stewmac.com lmii.com or some other places.
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  4. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    Well I was thinking stickers. How hard would it be to actually put real inlays in a rosewood fretboard?
  5. lbridenstine

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    You would need to have the tools to do it and know how to use them. I think a lot of people use dremels to route out the majority of the area, then chisels to clean up the edges. Then after they're glued in, you'd need a radius sanding block to sand the inlays down smooth to the fretboard, and that would be assuming that you take the frets out or it's a fretless. So, assuming that it's already got frets in it, I don't think I would suggest it.
  6. shaft311

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    It's not particularly hard for someone who does it all the time. You would take the bass or just the neck to a luthier who would route the neck for the inlays, glue them in, and smooth everything so it's all level and smooth. It can get expensive because of the time it takes to do.*

    *Unless you're comfortable with doing that work yourself.
  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    Yeeeaaaaahhhhh.... I'm not comfortable doing all that. Now if I had the tools, I would trust myself to attempt it. But when it comes to removing frets, idk anything. It would be nice to learn, get all the tools and get on a bass that's not so pricey. But I don't have the tools. And I can't spend the money on them right now. Maybe later down the road. I've always wanted to delve into doing this sort of stuff. I'll stick with the stickers for now. Thanks for all the input all.
  8. shaft311

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    Hey, if you get some $75 4 string bass or hell even just some old used neck off Craigslist or ebay, there's your project. A Dremel tool isn't expensive. If you want to do it, do it :)

    You could probably even find someone on this site who would send you their useless old twisted up neck that's not good for anything just to get it out of their way.
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    That's a helluvan idea. Never thought of that. Can you recommend a descent dermal?
  10. RBS_Johnson

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    Plus learning you could even use regular guitars to practice on. They are more plentiful/cheaper here than basses. I wish you luck!

    P.S. - I have a friend who uses the sticker kind, and they actually hold up pretty well and come off fairly clean. Just in case you decide on that route. :ninja:

    -Jake

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