oneblackened
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#1
So, I'm looking at getting one of these Schecters: http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/Guitar/Blackjack-SLS-C-1.aspx

Problem is, it has a really fugly skull inlay.

So, here's my question: can I stain it black so it blends into the fingerboard a bit? Or do I have any other options?
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jetwash69
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#2
Quote by oneblackened
So, I'm looking at getting one of these Schecters: http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/Guitar/Blackjack-SLS-C-1.aspx

Problem is, it has a really fugly skull inlay.

So, here's my question: can I stain it black so it blends into the fingerboard a bit? Or do I have any other options?

Well, that's better than the inlays they put in the Syn Gates guitars

If you never want to sell the guitar, then you can try permanent marker. You might have to reapply it periodically. Depending on how you play and how much your fingers sweat, you might need to reapply daily.

You could also take it to a luthier, have him remove the inlays and fill it with rosewood. It might be a good idea for him to change the shape, too, so you don't end up with a big outline of skull that you didn't like in the first place. Nothing is cheap with a luthier. If it had a bolt-on neck you could possibly just get another neck from Warmoth, but it's set, so that's not really an option.
W4RP1G
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#3
I would definitely look at older Blackjacks that do not have the skull inlay. There isn't really much you do, except take a marker to it.
xXBansheeXx
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#4
Stain wont soak into the inlay, you're going to need some kind of paint. I'd suggest maby some model paint and a small paint brush, get a few different kinds and mix them together to get the exact shade of brown you need, then put it on something to let it dry because it may have a different color wet than dry. Then paint it on. Sharpie was suggested before which will work, but the only color that will really work is black. Brown sharpie ink is transparent like all of their other colored inks it wont hide it very well. Or you could find a paint marker with the exact right color, that might work.
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jetwash69
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#5
Quote by xXBansheeXx
Stain wont soak into the inlay, you're going to need some kind of paint. I'd suggest maby some model paint and a small paint brush, get a few different kinds and mix them together to get the exact shade of brown you need, then put it on something to let it dry because it may have a different color wet than dry. Then paint it on. Sharpie was suggested before which will work, but the only color that will really work is black. Brown sharpie ink is transparent like all of their other colored inks it wont hide it very well. Or you could find a paint marker with the exact right color, that might work.


Yeah, I was thinking paint, too, at first, because you could get the best match. But it would also scrape off quickly, muck up the strings, and be harder to refresh. Unless TS doesn't bend much around the 12th and 13th frets.

But Sharpie/other more permanent markers should be good enough if you're just trying to make it less obvious to a live audience.
sytharnia1560
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#6
leather dye sticks to inlay material pretty well (a lot better than a sharpie/marker)
MrFlibble
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Join date: Apr 2008
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#7
Honestly, the SLS C-1 is like every other super-Strat currently being pumped out by countless companies. In fact the only difference between the SLS C-1 an an LTD H-1001 is the inlay, fretboard wood, the Schecter has a second volume control and the LTD has a deeper neck tenon.
If you don't like how the SLS C-1 looks, there are all the other Schecters (many of which are the same in terms of specification), ESP, Washburn, Kramer, Ibanez, Dean, Fernandes, Cort, Tokai and a thousand other MIK super-Strats.
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