Replace 335 inlays on modern production with real abalone?

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  1. Cicada Nation

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    or at least mother of pearl? Basically something non-plastic? It’s a 2017 with small blocks. I’d want to replace the logo, crown, and blocks with the same shape, just a nicer material that doesn’t look like a retro toilet seat. Thoughts?
     
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    Go for it !!! It's your guitar ...
     
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    thoughts "waste of time". Practice your licks! Heck, vintage Fenders used clay! :>)
     
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    It's doable, but it's a lot of work that would devalue the guitar and make it hard to sell. I know it's not to everybody's taste but the pearloid material is period correct for 335s. There's always the 355 if you want genuine pearl.
     
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    I reckon a waste of time and money unless you are a really high end luthier who can do it yourself...esp the logo....chances of it turning out badly unless done by an expert very high.....possibility of getting market value if you ever choose to sell.....very low......an instrument many players would love to own,just play the hell out of it!
     
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    Wait a month.
    You'll get over it.
    In the meantime...practice.
     
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    I can steer you to no-one better than Bill Nichols at Nichols Inlay, HERE. Bill and I met via another forum and went on to play together at several forum meetings. I've really been impressed with his inlay work on several guitars owned by friends. Tell him I sent you!

    Bob
     
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    If your guitar plays so well it's an all-time keeper ... Fine ... Otherwise, you could sell it and have Gibson custom shop spec one you like ...
     
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    If I had to have it done, I would contact gibson and have them do it.
     
  10. Paul G.

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    It's worse than that. What we call "clay" dots are actually very thin vulcanized fiberboard with cellulose. We call the "clay" because they look like clay. They're made of, well, junk.
     
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    Real abalone and mother of pearl inlays are readily available from places like Stew Mac, but it takes a fair degree of skill to successfully install them. The material is extremely thin and brittle.

    I've always wondered why you can buy and imported guitar with real abalone or MOP for $300, but $3000 Gibsons come with plastic.
     
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    Yeah, junk some pay $300k for!
     
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    I understand exactly where you're coming from.

    My Les Paul Classic Custom has everything I wished my old Les Paul Custom had (neck profile, weight relief, 57 Classics, taller frets)......except the real pearl.

    I would love to do what you're talking about but I know there's no way I won't ruin an otherwise exceptional guitar.

    Don't do it. Learn to love it or move onto a guitar that has what you want.
     
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    Well, abalone is a controlled species to protect fishing stocks and it's high black market price reflects the poaching and smuggling of it and the US (rightly) has strict laws about certifying origin. Here in Oz there are strict controls on takes and fisheries and wildlife officers -go armed it's up to $20-30 a lb for the meat.

    Same as exotic woods. I actually agree with Flaxwood - they deliberately use celluloid as sustainable.
     
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    Yep. This is exactly who I was going to go to. He does amazing work and his prices are hard to believe they’re so good.
    I probably won’t do it though, because I’m only 95% sure it’s a lifetime keeper. I just wish Gibson used nicer inlays.
    I’ll go “practice my licks”. Btw, I’ve got two guitars. Getting work done on one of them doesn’t preclude me from doing so.
     
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    This would be insanity. :lol:

    I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it, but, yeah.
     
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    Ummm, no


    Just play it instead
     
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    Still, I'd rather have the Gibson. plastic and all.
     
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    Be less concerned with how your guitar looks when you play. Be more concerned with how your guitar (or you) sounds when you play it.

    Or to torture a car analogy, you can put 911 wheels on a Boxster, but at the end of the day it's still a Boxster with 911 wheels.
     
  20. Cicada Nation

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    It’s fun to customize guitars. Doing so does not prevent you from becoming better at the instrument.
    That said, I’m convinced. I’m not going to do anything to the inlays. Thanks.
     
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