#1
Hello! I've been playing guitar for 2 years now and I have only played 24 fret electric guitars with inlays.
Would it be hard to play a no-inlays guitar? Will you get used in time? What's the difference?
#2
Quote by DethDroogie
Hello! I've been playing guitar for 2 years now and I have only played 24 fret electric guitars with inlays.
Would it be hard to play a no-inlays guitar? Will you get used in time? What's the difference?


They have markers on the side but too small for comfort though.


I prefer ones with inlays, simple dots would do. The traditional centered dot inlays. I don't like the ones moved closer towards the player to one side.


One of the reason not to have inlays could be due to purer 'tone' from the neck.

Or simply the manufacturer is too cheap to put one.
#4
Quote by philipk
what do u need inlays for?
its cosmetics


It helps with fingering and learning new songs.
#5
Quote by sfx
They have markers on the side but too small for comfort though.


I prefer ones with inlays, simple dots would do. The traditional centered dot inlays. I don't like the ones moved closer towards the player to one side.


One of the reason not to have inlays could be due to purer 'tone' from the neck.

Or simply the manufacturer is too cheap to put one.


The difference in tone between a neck with inlays and one without would be negligible. That tiny amount of missing wood would make hardly any difference, and inlays are really used for aesthetics and fret marking.
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Try one out yourself and see if you like it. Once I tried it, I realized and I'm sticking with inlays forever.
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#8
if you can't remember which fret's which without inlays, it's just like lots of other little things on the guitar, you could see progress in a few days and learn it perfectly in 2 weeks, then you just forget that you ever had a problem with it. Like using your pinky, or doing pull-offs instead of finger-lifts, alternate picking instead of all downpicking, relaxing your hand, all those things that are mainly a matter of concentration. But, the inlays are useful if you want to do something like, swing it round by the strap and catch it and slide to a certain note. Or just take your hands and eyes off of it and then try to find a fret.
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It helps with fingering

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#10
To answer your question directly..no it is not hard to play.
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#11
I dont find it difficult at all. I own two guitars without inlays, and I'm still just an early intermediate player. They each have dots on the side though which are more than enough IMO to find where you are going. I love the look of guitars without inlays.
#12
I'm fine with a guitar with no inlays, it's a useful skill to identify notes without a marker but not necessary
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#13
No, you're looking at the same neck so often that if you ever need a visual clue to anchor yourself you would know what look for anyway.
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#14
Some guitars with no inlays still have markers on the side of the neck that only you can see, so you still know where the frets are, yet there's no inlays messing up the fretboard.
#15
you would probly get used to it in time but to me it just gives you a little creativity (like the poor people like me who cant afford to go out and buy a set of SD blackouts just cuz i want to( you can get fret inlay for a 24 fret for like 10 bucks)
#16
Yeah, it's all down to learning. You'd get used to it.

I prefer having no inlays, I think it looks better. All my stage guitars have just an inlay on the 12th fret, Purely cos I think it looks better.
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#17
Sorry I didn't specify: No inlays on the fretboard and NO DOTS above the neck...anyone tried this combo ?
#18
I personally think it would be rather hard to go from the lower neck, and jumping straight up to say, 16th fret. I could do it, if there's a 12th fret dot on the side.
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#19
My Teisco has no side inlays, only fretboard inlays. It's not easy at first, but i get by. It's definitely helping my keep my mouth up to the microphone when i practice, because there's no point looking down at the guitar.

I think Sidemarkers are the most important part of inlays. I've played the Dot Studio, and it felt just fine. It didn't take any getting used to.
#20
just use the side dots, you dont need inlays
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#21
Quote by DethDroogie
Sorry I didn't specify: No inlays on the fretboard and NO DOTS above the neck...anyone tried this combo ?


Most classical guitars are like this, and honestly it can be a real pain. Personally I wouldn't recommend a guitar with no markings on the side of the neck, especially if you ever want to take it out gigging.

However, if you absolutely love the guitar you can always get a guitar tech to add markers on the side of the neck for you.
#22
i played a guitar that had no inlays once

i didn't notice it until i put it back on the stand

edit: ^i knew a guy who drew the dots on the side with liquid paper, on his classical guitar, it looked as good as if it were factory-made, and he could take it off anytime
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#23
DethDroogie I have no problem if I'm sitting at home or playing in a well lighted room...however, most of us playing bars can't guarantee a good light man so we can reference the side dots and having the large markers are a huge help.
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DethDroogie I have no problem if I'm sitting at home or playing in a well lighted room...however, most of us playing bars can't guarantee a good light man so we can reference the side dots and having the large markers are a huge help.


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Sorry I didn't specify: No inlays on the fretboard and NO DOTS above the neck...anyone tried this combo ?


That's also doable.
You just need two anchor points -- the nut and the 12th fret. The 12th fret you can find by sound (it's an octave up). If you get to a point where you're doing live performance, you'll rarely be able to see inlays anyway, and you'll develop "finger memory" (actually, mental pathways) that will put your hands in the right place on the neck. Remember that there are a LOT of stringed instruments without inlays (virtually everything in an orchestra) or frets, for that matter. Those players *started* with no helpers and have played their instruments without them all their lives.
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don't necro.

its been six years, he probably has it figured out.


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