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Removing Fret Markers

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by spidersbass, Dec 2, 2005.


  1. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    how would one go about removing the fret markers on the front of the neck? i hate those little dots, especially since i only use the ones on the side

    thanks
     
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I suppose you could drill them out on a drill press and plug the holes with wood plugs of the same type, color and grain width as you fingerboard. Then replane the board. They would most likely still show.

    If you tried to fill them with some type of hardening filler, you'd almost certainly end up with them bowled in. Even if you got the shape right, they'd stick out like a sore thumb in anything but a very dark, tight-grained wood like ebony.
     
  3. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    dang, nevermind then. i thought it would be something like going at it with an exacto knife and sanding it smooth. i didn't think the inlays go deep into the wood
     
  4. Xanaptabil

    Xanaptabil

    Jul 18, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    I knocked mine out with thumb tacks. I gently hammered the tip of the tack far enough into the center of the dot to gain leverage and plopped them out. Some broke but it is easy to clean it out. I then filled the dots with superglue several times. Looks great on a rosewood board. Only two of the dots are flawed with a small bubble; not bad for my first time.

    I planed my board afterward, but they look perfectly fine with a little dip.

    Yeah, I couldn't stand those dots on my board.
     
  5. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    sweet! i guess i'll give that a go. i have a rosewood fingerboard too

    any tips on what NOT to do? also, why did you put superglue?

    thanks
     
  6. Xanaptabil

    Xanaptabil

    Jul 18, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    Tips?
    Take your time. My biggest vice is not waiting long enough.

    I used superglue because it worked great when I converted the neck to a fretless. When more than a few feet away the board looks completely uniform. Its transparency gives it the same color as the rosewood.