Poll: Inlays or no inlays?
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View poll results: Inlays or no inlays?
Inlays
25 58%
No Inlays
18 42%
Voters: 43.
#1
I'm planning on building a custom guitar from various parts soon and I'm planning on getting the neck from Warmoth. I think guitars look great with no inlays on the front of the neck but I'm not sure whether it's a stupid move to order one like that as I might find it hard to play without them and then I'd be choosing appearance over playability. By the way it would have dots on the side of the neck still. So what do you think? inlays or no inlays.
#3
have u ever seen a gibson? well i like those because they have the bar inlays. it depends on what kinda guitar ur building. if its metal go with whatever u feel is right. if ur goin for a classy look than go for the gibson neck
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#4
Gibson doesnt look classy at all... it looks kinda... cheap-ish... If a neck has inlays on the sides your eyes will generally pick up on that and you wont need the inlays on the neck. Ive always wanted one like that.
#5
Inlays fo Sho.
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#6
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Gibson doesnt look classy at all... it looks kinda... cheap-ish... If a neck has inlays on the sides your eyes will generally pick up on that and you wont need the inlays on the neck. Ive always wanted one like that.


That's what I was thinking but then if I struggle to use the side dots as effectively then I'm screwed.
#7
believe me, my first electric guitar (Epi Les Paul Goth) has no inlays on the front (apart from 12th) and the only reason i'd want them is for teaching. but even then, when kids can't see what you're playing, it teaches intuitiveness, and thus, makes them a better guitarist. and besides, why would you be looking at the front of your guitar when you play it? it's soo much more important to have the guitar feel good before it looks good, as Sir Hankey has put it.

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#8
well, i have a grg170dx with sharktooth inlays. personally, i like the looks of necks without inlays, especially if the wood is black, or dark. but lets have a situation: ur playing a solo live.
u play without looking at the fretboard, and at some time theres a hard part, which u have to play without a delay after the previous part. when u start looking at it, firstly u wont see the little dots on side of the neck, and u have no time to see them. therefore u fail, and the crowd goes boo-boo, but thats a different story. but dot inlays i think look stupid on a electric guitar, especially on a metal guitar. therefore i recommend custom inlays.
#9
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believe me, my first electric guitar (Epi Les Paul Goth) has no inlays on the front (apart from 12th) and the only reason i'd want them is for teaching. but even then, when kids can't see what you're playing, it teaches intuitiveness, and thus, makes them a better guitarist. and besides, why would you be looking at the front of your guitar when you play it? it's soo much more important to have the guitar feel good before it looks good, as Sir Hankey has put it.



Wait, what? You seem to be contradicting yourself there.
#11
I'd say go for a Jersey Star/Sambora look or a Gibson Crown inlay.
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#12
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Wait, what? You seem to be contradicting yourself there.


what i mean to say is, when i teach my kids, (i don't have fret markers) they have to rely on themselves to find which notes are being played, which is beneficial on their part. I'd much rather have a guitar without inlays than with, is really all, the side dots are more than enough to determine where you are, and it allows for less reliance on looking for where you play.
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#13
What wood is the fretboard made from? If it is a beautiful wood like a fine maple or cocobolo, then I'd say no inlays. If it is just ebony, rosewood, or a plain maple, then inlays for certain.
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#14
Inlays on the fretboard really aren't needed, as long as you have them on the neck. But it's easier if you do have them on the fretboard as well. I love the Jackson sharkfin inlays personally, but I don't like Jackson guitars :p. Rosewood is my favorite wood for a fretboard by the way.
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#15
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Inlays fo Sho.


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if it was me i'd definatly put inlays on it, as somebody has already said playability comes before looks
#16
I'd pick no inlays at all, with the exception of maybe something at the 12th fret. The side markers (dots) are sufficient enough. Actually, when I built my guitar and was deciding on the inlays, I ended up inlaying a type of vine (tree of life variation) from about the 22nd fret to the 5th fret (it's a 24 fret fingerboard). It's a little unusual positioning, but, looks great and more importantly, showed me how useless the fret markers on the fingerboard actually are. The side markers are more than enough and, in hinde site, are what you should be learning to look at as you play and when you feel the need to verify positioning. I put side markers in their usual locations.
#17
I would only have no inlays if it was an ebony finger board and some crazy tone wood with a transparent finish... otherwise I like custom inlays on regular guitars...
#18
Dot inlays are not very hard to put in at a later date if wanted to. Its not near as complicated as gibson syle or shark. The dots would just need a suitable shallow hole, with the proper drill bit of course, to glue the dot into if you found you played better with them. I know stew mac sells different size dots in different materials.
#19
youll get used to no inlays in a week.. as long as you have side dots
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#20
i'd go down to a guitar store, and try to find a guitar without inlays, pick it up and play for a while. if you're having lots of trouble with just the side dots, then get inlays on your neck. if not, you don't need em!
#21
Do you look at the inlays at the front to tell fret position? Get small black dots for the side facing up.