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Clay dots (it's NOT a tone question)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by jordan_frerichs, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    I remember the stupid arguments on whether clay dots make a fingerboard sound better. This is a question on using raw clay and making my own dots, because i am to cheap to buy dots:smug:.
    So, has anyone ever taken workable pottery clay, and made fingerboard dots? What do i have to do, just smear it into the holes and let it dry, or fire them (or let it dry) out and then glue them in? I only plan on doing side dots, not fb face dots. what are your thoughts?
  2. daveman50


    Feb 24, 2007
    Albany NY
    Can't help on the pottery issues. But if you're referring to the old-style Fender "clay" dots... well, they aren't actually clay. IIRC, they were cut out of floor tiles or something equally mundane. (And probably contained asbestos.)
  3. LCW

    LCW Inactive

    Mar 2, 2009
    woo hoo asbestos!!!!
  4. Apologies if this is a stupid idea, but would the kind of putty used for sealing window panes into their frames be of any use?
  5. Stone Age

    Stone Age

    Apr 13, 2008
    I would think filling the holes with putty or clay would leave them to possibly shrink. I also imagine buying some dots, or even the rods would be cheaper and easier than a hunk of clay and a kiln.
  6. yeah I don't quite see the money savings here, even abalone side dots are about 5 bucks for a dozen pre-cut. Skip a burger meal and use the money to buy them! :) and from a few inches, it is hard to distinguish between aged/tinted plastic and clay. My friend used to steel wool the white plastic dots and drop some wood tint on them, you would swear they were clay dots.
  7. daveman50


    Feb 24, 2007
    Albany NY
  8. stevetx19


    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
    you know, once i thought i would save money by making my own screws...
  9. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    howd that work out for you?
  10. stevetx19


    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
  11. LOL.. you nailed it :bassist:

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