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How are complex inlays made?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by FretNoMore, Jun 9, 2003.


  1. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I can understand lines and circular or oval inlays as they can probably simply be drilled or routed to size. But how about anything with corners, or even motifs like dragons or trees? Are they done by hand?
     
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Yep, the inlays are cut with a jeweler's saw, generally. The ground is done with something like a Dremel or a chisel. There are lots of good books out there worth reading. "The art of inlay" (I think that's the name) is especially good.
     
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north