02-15-2013 04:31 AM - edited 02-15-2013 04:31 AM
Slightly OT because the guitar in question is a Faith acoustic. Everything about it is 'perfect' but it has no fret marker inlays. I have never played without them. Should I let it put me off?
02-15-2013 05:31 AM - edited 02-15-2013 05:32 AM
You get used to it. I have a Schecter with no fret markers and in very short order you get used to relying on the dots on top rather than on the actual fretboard inlays.
02-15-2013 05:58 AM - edited 02-15-2013 05:58 AM
I've picked up guitars with no fret inlays before and expected it to be a problem, only to realize pretty quickly that I never look at them - I always use the dots on the edge of the fretboard.
02-15-2013 06:13 AM
That's what I did with my bass. But I'm not sure I'd do this on an expensive guitar. It doesn't damage anything but still.
Dot fret markers are very easy to put on a guitar's neck. Power drill, sharp proper sized bit and superglue are all you need.
02-15-2013 06:19 AM
I am sure its not hard but am not comfortable spending £800+ and then drilling into the Ebony.
02-15-2013 06:24 AM
Ebony seems like a good wood to try and just use the sticker type inlays.
02-15-2013 06:35 AM
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02-15-2013 06:40 AM
I always thought I only looked at the side dots until I built a neck without fretboard dots; turns out I completely rely on them, and can't really bond with a guitar without them. YMMV, of course.
02-15-2013 06:49 AM
I've had a few customers come to me with this problem. They are usually happy with the Tippex Solution, you can make the dot as small as you like
02-15-2013 07:18 AM - edited 02-15-2013 07:20 AM
I do not consider the lack of fretinlays a problem.
And i´m a kinda bad guitarist to be honest...
02-15-2013 07:21 AM
I've never missed the lack of board markers on my Parker.
02-15-2013 08:06 AM
02-15-2013 11:19 AM
I'm with the crowd that relies on side markers. I also think a blank slab of ebony looks badass. The only down side is if you are jamming with others or in a lesson setting. Those around you will be completely lost when they watch you play.
My advice in this case is seek out a shop that has a guitar (including acoustic) with no fret board inlays and try it out. Then you'll know.
02-15-2013 11:26 AM
I like the look of a clean fretboard, so when I got a Carvin I specified no inlays. Turns out I never missed them at all - and when I eventually picked up a guitar with dots, they just confused me.
02-15-2013 01:34 PM
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