Dots or not?

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Dots or not?

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  1. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    16210543047134058483144452679164.jpg What is your opinion on a guitar with no fret markers, only side dots? How much do you rely on the fret markers to navigate the fretboard?

    This is a new build with a ziricote fingerboard. It has a nice grain pattern. I am considering leaving the fret markers off, but I also want it to be marketable.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    I can’t see the fret markers on the topside of the fret board because I’m not a giraffe. I can see side dots. The way I hold a guitar it’s on a shoulder strap or over my leg and the back of the guitar rests against my chest. When I’m finished playing if I put it on a stand I can see the dots then.

    Let that wood be the star. Leave them off.
     
  3. perttime

    perttime Friend of Leo's

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    I don't need fretboard markers, and I like the look without them. But.... guitar players can be a traditionalist lot, so many like to have them, whether they need them or not.
     
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    +1
     
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    Pick one or the other, IMO you can't have both!
     
  6. kbold

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    You could always fit smaller offset markers like this:

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    I only need the dots right before i make a mistake.
    I do tend to look at the board a lot, don't really need to but it's a habit.
    When I do make a mistake I fix it by ear and not by dots.
     
  8. Digital Larry

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    I don't think I really need them if I'm just noodling but I like them anyway and would probably freak out if they weren't there. More for chord playing actually to make sure I'm playing what I meant to play.
     
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  9. AAT65

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    It will certainly be usable with side dots only but to be more marketable I’d suggest at least put a 12th fret marker on the fretboard.

    (BTW I think the early Chapman guitars just had a 12th fret ‘infinity’ marker plus side dots, but they seem to have small fingerboard fretmarker dots on newer guitars, so perhaps that guitar-buyer conservatism won out over Chapman’s artistic sensibilities.)
     
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    7 and 12 only, could do the job.

    - Reference
    - Tradition
    - Aesthetic

    I need them as a reference, to know quickly where to go.
     
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    I can never get the buggers in a straight line anyway :oops: but either way I would go for a 12th fret inlay or marker.
     
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    With a nice grain like that, I'd say skip the dots!

    I've had one guitar (acoustic) with no markers at all, and that was practically unplayable above the fifth fret. I had side dots installed, and now it's as easy to navigate as any other guitar. If you are building it yourself, skip the fretboard markers for now, and see how it works for you. You can always go back and add them later.
     
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    Dots ...Yes...I'd be lost without position markers even after 50 years of playing.
     
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    My nylon string guitar (made in Switzerland in the 1950s I believe) has dots at 5 and 12 only — but no side markers! It’s the guitar I learned to play on so in theory I shouldn’t need to use the other fret markers when I’m playing...;)
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    7 things is also the largest number of things the brain can usually remember easily.
     
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    I am going to start putting together a non-fret marked guitar in about two weeks. Side markers work just fine.

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    After playing for 30 yrs, i had one built with no position markers, just side dots. Great concept, bad idea.

    The fretboard is beautiful (Macassar Ebony, like chocolate layer cake) but I eventually bought stickers for the 5, 7, 12. I thought it would be like playing fretless (which I do) but no...
     
  18. rickthescot

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    My Alvarez acoustic has side markers and an inlay at the 12th. Looks nice but I would prefer more inlays, especially when moving around the neck a faster tempo.
     
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    I like dots. I do use them, but also I like the way they break up the flat brown of the rosewood.

    Sort of like the difference between faded jeans and periwinkle pants.

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  20. guitarbuilder

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    You want it to be marketable....then put dots on it. A sure way to have it sit collecting dust is to do something non -mainstream. YMMV.
     
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