#1
Why are the inlays sometimes positioned along the top edge (low E side) of the fretboard?
Some Ibanez's are like this. Do these guitars also have corresponding dots along the side?
#2
Pictures of a guitar like you're talking about? I think I know what you're talking about but would like to be sure.
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Are you talking about the inlays on a guitar being positioned on one side of the guitar rather than the center like this?



Its only like that for cosmetics.

All guitars (apart from some classical guitars) have markers on the side of the fretboard no matter what inlays (or lack thereof) a guitar has.
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Why are the inlays sometimes positioned along the top edge (low E side) of the fretboard?
Some Ibanez's are like this. Do these guitars also have corresponding dots along the side?

Why? Why not? Might as well ask why some guitars are green.

Plenty of inlay types out there, the "why" is usually "because it looks nice." Visibility and cost are minor factors but face inlays are mostly aesthetic, which of course requires no further explanation.

Side dots are standard no matter what type of inlay is on the front.
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Could it be said that most shredding is done on the first four strings, and it's just easier to see the inlays if they're up where the bass string(s?) are?
Just a hypothesis.
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Possibly, but I've never had an issue with seeing a guitar's inlays to begin with no matter how they're designed. I always look at the side markers.

Its simply like that to look cool. That's all there is to it.
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I like off-set inlays.
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Could it be said that most shredding is done on the first four strings, and it's just easier to see the inlays if they're up where the bass string(s?) are?
Just a hypothesis.

I'm with Mr. Blue, I think it's entirely an aesthetic choice. Staring at the face inlays is often seen as poor form, I imagine most shredders use the side dots. Besides, if visibility were the priority they'd simply use bigger inlays.

I do think they look cool. Very clean and understated. Nice way to show off a quality fretboard too.
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I'm with Mr. Blue, I think it's entirely an aesthetic choice. Staring at the face inlays is often seen as poor form, I imagine most shredders use the side dots. Besides, if visibility were the priority they'd simply use bigger inlays.


There are LED side dots now; some require installation before the fretboard goes on the neck, some are slight bumps in a tape that sticks to the side of the fretboard (some switching and a battery usually lives on the headstock). For example:

https://fretfx.com/

#11
My Takamine has none on the fretboard, just on top where the thumb wraps around. THe cort has a "tree of life" inlay, to use it you have to look close.

Pictures here http://www.elderly.com/items/40U-4102.htm

Doesn't matter much to me where they are, or why they put them there, the offset ones are probably just for looks. My Washburn BT2 had offset inlays under the top 2 strings, looked cool but made no difference as far as playing it.
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Could it be said that most shredding is done on the first four strings, and it's just easier to see the inlays if they're up where the bass string(s?) are?
Just a hypothesis.


not sure. I've definitely seen an odd guitar where the inlays sort of "flip" from one side to the other for that sort of reason. But i'm not sure if the ones where they're all on the one side are like that for the same reason or if it's just entirely cosmetic.
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not sure. I've definitely seen an odd guitar where the inlays sort of "flip" from one side to the other for that sort of reason. But i'm not sure if the ones where they're all on the one side are like that for the same reason or if it's just entirely cosmetic.


Cosmetic.
I've seen the ones where they're on the bass side of the guitar up to the 12th fret or so and then walk over to the treble side. It's just a design affectation.
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My B.C.Rich Beast VNT has a front marker only on the 12th fret which looks great on otherwise dark ebony fretboard
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Thanks, T00DEEPBLUE, thanks everybody.
Could it be said that most shredding is done on the first four strings, and it's just easier to see the inlays if they're up where the bass string(s?) are?
Just a hypothesis.


If you're looking at the inlays for position, you're doing it wrong.
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thank you! finally somebody said it. i was thinking this since the first post.
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Cosmetic.
I've seen the ones where they're on the bass side of the guitar up to the 12th fret or so and then walk over to the treble side. It's just a design affectation.


yeah possibly
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