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Dots, Blocks, and Inlays...Oh My!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FreeBassJunky, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Just wondering. What do you guys (and gals) prefer on your necks? Dots, blocks, or other types of inlays? Or do you like a "naked" neck?
  2. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Dots on a P bass, blocks on a J bass.

    I think the simplicity of the P bass requires simple dots.
    The more involved look of the J bass allows something more.

  3. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    As long as there are dots on the side for 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12, I'm good. But aesthetically speaking, I like the pearloid Gibson style blocks on darker fretboards, black dots on lighter colors.

    First fret markers throw me off once in a while, though... For some reason my brain tries to use that first fret as 3rd if I happen to look down.
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I prefer a blank board with side dots only, but the blocks on my UV70 look cool.
  5. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    Side dots only, but I play unlined fretless 90% of the time.
  6. Both really, but I would give a definite edge to blocks and binding, especially black on maple.
  7. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Depends, all my basses (except for my 4001 copy and epi tbird goth) have dot inlays. Even my guitars, pardon my french. The first fret marker is weird at times, but i've liked it on the gibson blackbird my dad had few years back. Block inlays, not so much for me. It seems to fancy, although i do like the trapezoid inlays on a les paul triumph and others. Naked boards are sweet cause i can always add my own designed inlay in the future if ever i wanted to. But i think dark naked boards look best. Maple seems kinda off.

    All in all, it depends on the bass look. If it fits, it's cool in m book.
  8. I prefer blocks all the time and naked some of the time. Depending on the bass color, pick guard or not and the body shape. I agree with megafiddle in that the Jazz body allows something more. In fact I just order the block inlay stickers to put on my Sunburst jazz with the tort guard and the rosewood finger board. With the Ashtray covers, its gonna be a nice piece to show.

    Only Binding would make it better.:D
  9. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    dots. all the time. except the ric triangles, which are fine on a ric. rics with dots look incomplete imo
  10. poit57


    Apr 30, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I prefer the looks of block inlays, but all I have actually ever owned were guitars and basses with either dots or a single marker on the 12th fret.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Given a choice-
    Naked (always liked the clean look of a fretless & a Classical guitar)...then real dots.
    Blocks & inlays? Too much wood scooped out to accommodate those, IMO.

    Back in the '80s, I was buying a Warmoth Jazz (ebony)neck for my '70s Schecter P (now P-J) bass.
    The salesguy placing the order said "...I'm sure you want abalone dots...you don't want stickers, right".

    Long story short-
    The 9ea abalone dots were $20 per...that would add almost $200 to this already expensive replacement neck.
    So, not wanting fake dots...I said screw it...NO DOTS!
    Salesguy sez "I don't think Warmoth can do that".
    So he calls Warmoth & yes they can do it...all they do is take the neck out of the line prior to that process. C'mon, salesguy.

    No dots on an electric bass was kinda new back then...I musta been told a 100x...nice fretless bass you got there.
  12. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    I prefer a clean look either for a fretless or fretted bass.
  13. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I "prefer" a maple neck w/maple board with blocks and binding.
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Binding? Ugh...
  15. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    No real preference. Most of my basses have dots in a dark wood such as rosewood or ebony. I've got a Ric with the triangles, and a P-bass with the maple and black blocks and binding that C. Linton and DWBass like. On my one Carvin (a kit bass) I got it without markers in order to emphasize the simple, unadorned, homemade look of the instrument.

    Markers wouldn't affect my purchasing decisions, but if I were to order another Carvin, I'd get one with diamond inlays, just to be different. The "signature" inlays look too much like spermatozoa.
  16. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Real colorful abalone dots on a maple neck looks nice.
  17. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I love the look of a neck with blocks and binding. Hilarious, because there is no such animal in my stable at this time.

    My Marchlewski is bound, but the board is blank (couldn't pull the trigger on covering up any of the beautiful BEM).

    My Alembics have MOP Ovals (2nd fave to blocks) but no binding.
  18. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    Black blocks. Love them.
  19. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Old school, baby!
  20. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Depends on the bass,

    I like blocks, Generally I do not like binding on a neck. Ona Fender specifically I like BnB on a Maple board.

    I like Blocks, if they are real inlays on modern instruments.

    I own 2 necks that are clean with side dots.

    Inlays to me are only good if the install is good. more than 25% of the surface of any instrument is too much. The exception are art guitars, but those are not going to be played. Clean work that is simple is just as nice to me as clean enough with a intricate inlay. IMO there is a thin line between inlay as an ID and inlay as a tattoo of the artists it is made for. Its very personal.