Norlin Era Inlay Question

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  1. Manhattan5150

    Manhattan5150 Junior Member

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    hey guys!

    Just wondering - what can we use to polish up foggy inlays?

    Mine's a 77/78 Pro Deluxe so I'm assuming its Mother of Pearl?

    A punk band owned it prior to me so all the inlays bar the highest 3 are foggy and yellowish.

    Anything safe to use?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. HardCore Troubadour

    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    seriously......do a forum search for fret-board cleaning and read up on it.

    might just be the pics but they do not look bad to me???

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  3. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    that board looks like it has never been touched

    did they lip sync every gig?
     
  4. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Inlays are plastic. Over time this will yellow. You may or may not get joy from abrasive work as often its not only the top surface that has been affected
     
  5. grumphh

    grumphh Senior Member

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    It's Mother of toilet seat.
    Some sort of plastic with some pearloid particles mixed in - or something to that effect, i don't know the exact process or formula, but synthetic it is.

    The inlays in the pics look just like they are supposed to.
     
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  6. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Member

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    Sure do love me some ebony!
    Just Sayin'
    Gene
     
  7. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    Not on this model, only on Customs, ES355s etc.
     
  8. Streetglide

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    DON'T TOUCH THEM!!! That's how they are supposed to look and they look very much like the '50s inlays, unlike the newer stuff. You will totally screw up your guitar. OCD running wild...
     
  9. mudface

    mudface Senior Member

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    Original '50s inlays are celluloid like old movie film, by the '60s it became acrylic (plastic),......the only real mother of pearl used for trap inlays on Les Pauls was in 2015.....and the fancy Quilt tops of 2015 got real abalone inlays.....they only thing i liked about the 2015s. There have been some special runs/models during the late Norlin period that may have used different inlay materials.

    My advice is to let them be,.....and enjoy:cheers:
     
  10. gball

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    Yeah, agreed - lookin' good to me too.
     

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