#1
I have a strat neck with standard white dot inlays and Im thinking about changing them to something with a little more flavor. How doyou remove the existiong inlays and replace them with out causing major damage to the neck?
#3
just drill them out (carefully obvs) if you don't want to do that and maybe do a neater job use a soldering iron to melt the glue but protect the fret board with masking tape or something though in case.
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#4
yeah i'd really like to know

my inlays are boring. my friend has KK BC Rich Warlock with fancy inlays,
I'm hoping to find a way to change the regular ones on my guitar.
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#5
you'd have to rout out the inlays into the new shape you want, carve out the inlay shape that you want, put that shape into the fitted routing in the neck, then refinish the parts of the nexk that you messed with, as well as fill in any gaps with putty or epoxy or something. You'd have to look into it, but its really hard if you dont have woodworking experience, you'll probably mess up if you don't know what you're doing.
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just drill them out (carefully obvs) if you don't want to do that and maybe do a neater job use a soldering iron to melt the glue but protect the fret board with masking tape or something though in case.

a soldering iron would burn parts of the neck most likely. and you would have to rout out the new shape anyway, if you want a different inlay you're going to need a router and the appropriate bits.
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#7
sorry i disagree, obvs if you wanted to change shape you would have to re-route yeah, but if you want a straight swop of say MOP and abalone then if you got the right size off stew-mac my method would work, sure you'd have to be damn careful but yeah.
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just drill them out (carefully obvs) if you don't want to do that and maybe do a neater job use a soldering iron to melt the glue but protect the fret board with masking tape or something though in case.


So, the soldering iron would be placed on the inlay itself, so you don't burn the wood?
Also, how would you get the inlay to come out? Would you just give it a good tap?
#9
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sorry i disagree, obvs if you wanted to change shape you would have to re-route yeah, but if you want a straight swop of say MOP and abalone then if you got the right size off stew-mac my method would work, sure you'd have to be damn careful but yeah.


soldering irons work in this way when the thing you're removing is metal, because it transfers the heat throughout it to the glue, but MOP would just burn, and not necessarily even melt the glue. i could be wrong, but thats my guess. i'd say just treat it like bare wood and use a dremel tool to rout out the new shape of whatever you want to inlay (obviously something that would cover the existing dots)

have you thought about just doing something to update the look of the dots? as in doing some sort of inlay that incorporates the existing dots? you might be able to come up with something that would look really good without having to worry about removing whats already there.
#10
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So, the soldering iron would be placed on the inlay itself, so you don't burn the wood?
Also, how would you get the inlay to come out? Would you just give it a good tap?


yes you are are right. put masking tape around it to protect the board though just to be on the safe side.
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#12
By the way do note that if your inlays are plastic and not MOP (which I presume they would be) DO NOT DO IT THIS WAY.
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#13
Tbh it's not going to be worth the time or effort to replace the inlay.

Heating with a soldering iron just won't work. Plus, to do it properly you will have to remove all the frets and refret. This isn't a job for someone with no experience in repair or building, and to try is just asking for trouble.
#14
It'd be easier to just buy a new neck.
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#15
Theres a reason inlay work cost so much. Takes special tools and plenty of experience to do a good job.
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Theres a reason inlay work cost so much. Takes special tools and plenty of experience to do a good job.

Agreed. I've never seen an amateur replacement inlay job come out looking even halfway decent.
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