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off-center fretboard dots

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mattpnolan, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    Hey guys, I know I've seen plenty of pictures of fretboards with the fretboards dots either at the top or bottom of the fretboard, but I can't seem to find any of those pictures now that I really need them. Can you post some pics or urls please? Thanks. :p
  2. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
  3. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Cort Action V:
  4. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
  5. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
  6. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
  7. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    Thanks for all the posts so far. If anyone else has any other pics or urls you'd like to post, go ahead. I can always use more "inspiration" ;)
  8. goat1234


    Mar 17, 2004
    Does any one know why they chose to do this? I find it aesthetically unpleasing, and would never buy a bass with them.
  9. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    chose to do what? make the dots off-center? I actually don't like the look of the standard dots in the middle of the fretboard :smug:
  10. Don't know. I don't find it especially attractive either, but there's no way off-center inlays could stop me from buying a Tune...
  11. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I personally prefer clean fretboards, I never look at the front dots anyway, just the ones on the top.
  12. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    I agree, but I actually do find the smaller dots aesthetically pleasing. I think its just personal preference, I definitely would never say "this way looks best and anyone that thinks otherwise is wrong" :smug:
  13. I've seen fretless basses that have offset inlays from 1 - 12 between the B and E, and from 13 - 24 between the D and G. I assume it's to help with intonation in the range that is typically played in.

    I'm personally not a fan of that, but offset dots at the lower strings I kinda dig. I agree that a plain board is nicest, however that wouldn't be the deciding factor in a purchase of an instrument for me.
  14. I would imagine that the reasoning behind the off-center dots would be that they're easier to see when looking at the fretboard from a playing position than dots in the center.
  15. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    I too prefer no face inlays these days (I just look at the side dots, which I don't like too small), but if there are to be face inlays, unless they're elaborate (like the wolf mountain thing on the Warwick Bleached-Blonde Thumb or the planet inlays on the Corvette Hot-Rod; I don't like the overdone inlays like on the ESP DF404 and all that), I prefer the small offset dots. Still, I find it silly to look at the face inlays; I mean, nobody plays all hunched over like that, right? But if you need to look at face dots, better they bee off-centered so you hunch over less.
  16. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    I completely agree with everything you said. I'm 99% I'm going to get my dots off-center towards the bottom of the fretboard. It is part eye-pleasing to me, but it is also partly so that it is easier for me to play on the upper strings. On most of my basses, I don't have any fretboard dots, but I have noticed that if I'm playing on the upper strings, it is sometimes difficult to look at the top of the neck at the same time (I guess I play slightly hunched someties :smug: ). Basically, I like to mix it up with my basses. I like some some to have them standard, some off-set (either direction), and most not at all. :D
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, I never look at the top dots either. Clean boards are very cool, but I like having top dots when I want the bass to have a vintage look.
  18. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.

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