#1
Alrighty, so Im going to begin turning my strat copy into a fully customized instrument, and I'll be adding abalone inlays to the body/ headstock.

I have access to a router, so thats not a problem...here is my main question


Can I use a drill press to presisly drill the crappy fake mother-of-pearl out of the fret board? fretboard is Rosewood, maple neck..if that makes any difference....

Im fairly certain it can be done, I was just wondering if I'm right and if there are any tips from those of you who have done it before....

There is a strip of wood runing up the back of the neck...I would assume truss rod channel..but I'm not sure...could I route this partially and put abalone here too?
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Last edited by Controlpanel at May 11, 2011,
#2
if you were presice with the drilling by marking the center of the fret markers. you'd probably have to be carefull to not drill too deep either and end up going throught the fretboard and into the neck itself. personally if i was going to be routing the board id just leave them in and let the router take care of them
#3
I wont be routing the fretboard..because it already has the frets in..I just want abalone dots in the fretboard to match the abalone inlays that will be on the body....
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#5
thnaks mate..I will definatly try that..anyone know anything about the strip down the back of the neck?
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#7
thats what i assumed..but I thought that trussrods were laid underr the FB and then the FB was glued on? Alot of natural fnished guitars I've seen dont have the srtip down the back of the nek...will routing this out about .05" compromise the structuarl integrity of the neck?
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#8
Its called a skunk stripe, it is indeed where the truss rod goes in some guitars, and honestly I wouldn't route anywhere near it. Personally speaking.

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#10
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I wont be routing the fretboard..because it already has the frets in..I just want abalone dots in the fretboard to match the abalone inlays that will be on the body....

ah right, i thought you meant you were going to do some fancier inlays
#11
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ah right, i thought you meant you were going to do some fancier inlays



well...sorta...just replaing the stupid white dots with Abalone

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I don't think abalone is as flexible as wood so if you decide to change tunings or gauge it may pop out weird/crack also.


I've seen martins and others with this inly right up the "skunk stripe"...how does theirs not crack/pop??

Thanks guys
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