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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dunamis, Oct 6, 2005.

Favorite dot configuation

Poll closed Oct 9, 2005.
  1. front and sides

    108 vote(s)
  2. side only

    107 vote(s)
  3. front only

    8 vote(s)
  4. none (you know, like some fretless basses)

    14 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    Do you need dots on the fretboard or do you just like the way the look? What configuration do you like best and why?
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I prefer side only. I can't see the front most of the time so it's useless there. And I don't really like the looks of big front dots on 6ers... they just look kinda strange to me... On a fou I got used to seeing front dots, still doesnt make me like them.
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I prefer blocks.
  4. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    At the very least I need side markers. Any marker will do really. They help me, because I'm not exactly a professional or anything.
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I prefer blocks.
  6. duckbutter


    Mar 30, 2005
    I prefer blocks.
  7. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    +1 Side dots only for me.

  8. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I like blocks, but I also like what they did on my conklin. The dots are on the edge of the fingerboard, and they show on the side. Cool look.
  9. BassNoob?


    Sep 18, 2005
    Redding, CT
    I only like the one dot inlays if they are mother of pearl :)
  10. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Blocks look coller, but I still think dots are better than nothing. Dots on th front are good for cosmetics while the dots on the side are good for location.
  11. Side dots only or blocks.
  12. BasStefan

    BasStefan Guest

    blocks are the easiest to see when its darker
  13. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    Why ruin a beautiful fretboard with dots? Although, there are some block inlays that are pretty sweet.
  14. bassjigga


    Aug 6, 2003
    I like the look of a clean fingerboard. Side dots only for me.
  15. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Front dots make the instrument look cheap to me. Blocks can be good on the right bass, esp. Jazzes. I like nothing, but have gotten used to the ovals on my Alembic and the clouds on my Bich. A unique inlay can be good too, but I don't really care for crazy vines all over the place and that sort of thing. Although having one with the dots in the wrong places on the front would be funny.
  16. I voted none and I have a fretted. It's just so much cleaner that way.
  17. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac Riff-finder General Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Springfield, MA
    Fretted bases without them look fugly. Front and sides.
  18. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    For me, dots on front and side for fretted bass.
    Side only, for fretless.
  19. bill_banwell

    bill_banwell Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2002
    Side dots, although front dots are alright..
  20. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Front and sides, preferably clay though.