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First Time Inlay ideas

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ripthorn, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    I recently got the dremel precision router base from Stewmac to do my first inlay job. I thought I knew what I wanted to do, but I am afraid it is a little too complex for my first custom inlay job. The guitar I am doing right now is a multiscale with maple fretboard, IRW binding, deep blue metallic body, and chrome and cream hardware. I am wanting to do something simple to cut my teeth on, but I still want it to look good. The issue I am having in coming up withe something is something that works well with the non-parallel frets of a multiscale. Any ideas out there? Seems most multiscales have minimal inlay.
     
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    You could probably put a simple swoosh or something at the 12th. That should look good. Are you just planning to inlay the fretboard, or body, headstock, etc.?
     
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    Planning to inlay the fretboard, looking for 12th fret ideas, mainly
     
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    I think most of the 'vine' fingerboard inlays are somewhat adjustable as they are made from lots of pieces. They usually have a flower or something at each important fret (3,5,7,9,12, etc.) and the vine swaying back & forth through the middle. I bet you could make that work with a multi-scale
     
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    Unfortunately, I think the vines will be too intricate for my first go.
     
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    Hey - I'm just trying to get you to try it first :D

    I really want to do some inlay, but I need to see a few more threads first.

    Check out Flat 5's challenge build. He did a really nice logo and shows how he went about it.
     
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    You might be able to do something with the infinity symbol ∞. There are some nice ones on the net which I would have brought up for you but I suck on the computer & couldn't get any to cooperate. Seems like it might fit sizewise & you could skew it to follow the frets if you wish.
    That sounds like a nice neck, might I suggest practicing elsewhere until proficiency becomes your co-pilot. Oh, and, post lots of photos.
     
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