The No BS Inlay Thread

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  1. ordenes10

    ordenes10 Senior Member

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    Nice Inlays, but they dont ship to Europe :-(
     
  2. Aleksander

    Aleksander Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info :fingersx:
     
  3. THEBIGOLDDIRTYBIRD

    THEBIGOLDDIRTYBIRD Senior Member

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    Thought I'd contribute an example of the Philadelphia Luthier inlay material. These were cut by me from the sheet, not the precut inlays. The inlays were thinned to about .040" before installation. This is a fretboard for an SG build, I think they look pretty decent for that purpose. For 2 upcoming LP builds I might spring for the Rockford Carving inlay material as the pattern looks more 50's accurate.
     

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  4. cmjohnson

    cmjohnson Senior Member

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    I absolutely suck at inlay work. So I have it done for me by a shop that specializes in inlay work.

    These are from custominlay.com and I recommend them.


    CJ
     
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    cmjohnson Senior Member

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    I've attempted to contact Rockford Carving on several occasions and not once have they bothered to return my email or call.

    I don't know what the trick is to get them to respond to me. I'd like to know.

    CJ
     
  6. picoman

    picoman Senior Member

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    Where can one buy Zamms or Buzzs inlays?
    From wich material are they made?
     
  7. tvr

    tvr Senior Member

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    Sorry to necropost, but have some inlays coming and didn't see in thread what people are using to "age" them other than sunlight? If I missed it my apologies but if someone could share their ideas on how to tint them slightly, would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  8. Kølabrennern

    Kølabrennern Senior Member

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    Does anyone know whether Historic or Vintage cut Retrospec/DJ/Bartlett/etc. inlays are closer in shape to Zamm inlays? I have a guitar with Zamms already installed because I skimped when collecting parts for the build. Now I'm regretful and would like to replace them :)
     
  9. LPBR

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  10. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    Quick tip: aging/yellowing pearloid inlays.

    Works for both nitrate and acetate. For your final wet-sand, use denatured alcohol as your lubricant. The alcohol will absorb pigments from the rosewood dust and they will leech into the plastic: Abracadabra! Ambered pearloid!
     
  11. ajory72

    ajory72 Senior Member

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    Just read this thread and the "no BS" part has thrown me as the Rockford links are all broken now as sites possibly changed links or just gone and most pics no longer around..... Any mods around who care enough to clean up this no BS thread?
     
  12. reedy

    reedy Senior Member

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    Their Ebay site still seems to be active with inlays and material for sale.
     
  13. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I recently did a swap with some of the Italian made inlays.

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    Big improvement in appearance, I think. :thumb:
     
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  14. goodvibes

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    Interesting thread. Can anybody give me some advice on changing the inlays on my '95 Gold top? This year historic has the inlays with rounded corners. I'm guessing I would have to somehow use a razor blade to cut sharp corners in the inlay route which sounds like a lot of work.
     
  15. Warren Weldon

    Warren Weldon Peters Creek , Alaska Premium Member

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    I hand cut my own inlays from pearl, also use chisels and some other handmade tools for the cavity. I personally build everything by hand. My only power tool is a bandsaw and a festoon drill.
     
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