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Does anyone know where to get neck inlays done?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nick man, Feb 11, 2004.


  1. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Does anyone out there know where I can get some nice quality inlay work done for a fair price?

    Im looking into getting another Valenti bass and that means a Warmoth neck. I really want star inlays and binding done on the neck but Warmoth wont do stars on their bass necks so now I need to look elsewhere.

    Any ideas?

    Peace
    Nick
     
  2. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
  3. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
  4. JPJ

    JPJ

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    For what it's worth, pretty much everyone in the industry outsources their work to Thorn. However, Chris Benavente does great work too. If you want something really fancy, you might contact Kathy Wingert. She makes high-end acoustics and has good contacts for inlays.
     
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    It couldn't hurt to contact Pearl Works http://www.pearlworks.com

    Among their many luthiery customers, they do the inlay for PRS and put the "CF Martin" inlay on Martin's higher-line guitars.

    Or, you might ask at the MIMF (Musical Instrument Makers Forum). There may well be some very talented people there who would do the work for a reasonable price.
    Be sure to check the rules so you know how to phrase your post. That website's dominatrix delights in whipping posters who don't conform to that site's inanely strict rules.... www.mimf.com
     
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
  7. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Wow, thanks a lot guys!

    Most of this inlay work Im seeing in really fancy and elaborate stuff. More than what Im looking for but I figure if they can do that Im sure they can deal with a few stars.

    Keep 'em comming!

    Peace
    Nick
     
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Nick - If those are overkill, you might consider pre-cut stars from www.stewmac.com (free catalog, too!). They are real abalone, come in various sizes, and here's a pic -

    http://www.stewmac.com/catalog/images_1sm/0247_1sm.jpg

    If you or someone else is good with a router or has access to a CNC, it could work. Only trouble is that Stewmac requires a minimum order of $30.

    Otherwise, you could look at someplace like http://www.fretware.com that uses adhesive fret markers.
     
  9. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Well, maybe I shoulds been more clear.

    They are capable of doing things a lot more elaborate than what Im looking for, but I definetly want something top quality.

    Peace
    Nick