Category - Pearl Inlays

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Preparing to Engrave Inlays
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Finishing Inlays
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Custom Guitar Inlays – Gluing Inlays
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Routing Inlay Channels
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Scribing Inlays
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Gluing Inlay Patterns
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Cutting Guitar Inlays – Part C
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Cutting Guitar Inlays – Part B
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Cutting Guitar Inlays – Part A
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Inlay Cutting Jig

Preparing to Engrave Inlays

Engraving Mother of Pearl is an old art for that is often used to bring a 3D quality to shell inlays in guitar fretboards and headpieces. By utilizing engraving methods, you can reduce the amount of actual MOP cutting you will need to compete. This article gives you information as to which tools to use, how to sharpen them and how to accurately layout your engraving patterns.

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Finishing Inlays

Learn how to properly sand your inlays, polish the fretboard and do the final touch-ups and tune-ups to make the inlay look their best in this article. Also tips on addressing small imperfections and equipment that should be used for your protection of the pearl dust.

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Custom Guitar Inlays – Gluing Inlays

This article on Custom Guitar Inlays, deals with the proper gluing techniques to fill the routed inlay channels. How to mix the glue and matching filling medium, filling techniques and getting optimal results.

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Routing Inlay Channels

Other than the actual cutting of the shell inlays from the slabs of shell, routing the channels to receive the inlays is the most demanding task in performing a inlay project. This article gives you tips and techniques to do just that.

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Scribing Inlays

Scribing the inlays into the fretboard or other wooden part of the guitar can be a very demanding and tedious process. We will give you fill directions and careful insight as to how to preform this task, including necessary tools and materials.

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Gluing Inlay Patterns

One of the essential steps in marking scribing the outline of inlays onto the neck or headpiece of a stringed instrument is to properly and securely glue the inlays into place. This article gives you tips on preparing to scribe you inlays.

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Cutting Guitar Inlays – Part C

Practicing careful cutting techniques will minimize your cleanup operation on your inlays, which in turn, reduces your chances of breaking these fragile pieces of shell. While some cleanup with files is required with needle files, try to cut evenly and consistently, even at the expense of using more time during cutting – will be rewarded with a inlay with minimal post-cutting cleanup.

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Cutting Guitar Inlays – Part B

I you are interested in make inlays from mother of pearl or abalone to install in guitar necks, headpieces and more, read this second in a series of articles for tools, tip and techniques to make your mop cutting faster and less frustrating. We also include tool plans you can make for inlay cutting jigs and lots more.

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Cutting Guitar Inlays – Part A

I you are interested in make inlays from mother of pearl or abalone to install in guitar necks, headpieces and more, read this series of articles for tools, tip and techniques to make your mop cutting faster and less frustrating. We also include tool plans you can make for inlay cutting jigs and lots more.

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Inlay Cutting Jig

Inlay Cutting Jig Plans – Very detailed plans of a great tool to make life easier when cutting shell inlays for guitar necks, headstocks and bodies. Immediate electronic download of PDF file which consists of (1) 24″ x 36″ printable plan showing the assembled jig with all dimension and complete notes. This article also instructs you how to build this useful jig for about $10.00, including air pump to blow away dust particles and convenient attachment to your workbench.

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