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Title: Fret Dots
Post by: aarra on December 16, 2008, 08:41:57 PM
I'm new to the Forum and new to Larrivee.  I recently purchased an OM-05.  I am thinking of having the fret dots replaced with abalone.  Has anyone had experience replacing the dots?  The "luthier" I called said that it would be no problem.  I don't want to find out after the fact, that he was wrong.  Thanks for any helpful advice. 
I read the Forum rules and wanted to be creative with the donuts, but my computer skills are lacking.
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                                                              aarra


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: jeremy3220 on December 16, 2008, 08:53:34 PM
Welcome to the forum. I haven't replaced existing dots but I have installed abalone dots. It's very simple, it would be hard to mess up actually.


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: Queequeg on December 16, 2008, 08:53:52 PM
welcome to the Larrivee forum, aarra. I've never done that, but I think it should be a pretty easy job for your luthier. By the time it is done, you should have enough posts logged here to post pictures of it. We'd like to see it.


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: lw216316 on December 16, 2008, 10:25:55 PM
just be sure the person doing the work has experience and a good reputation.
How well do you know him/her....talk to someone who he has done work for,
have him show you some of his work...

then there should be no problems.
I had a friend I trusted add dots and there were no problems.

- Larry


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: aarra on December 17, 2008, 02:34:21 AM
Thanks for the responses so far, hope to see more.  I will go and check out the luthier on Saturday, see what his shop looks like.  The instrument is magnificent and I'm not worthy.  I have a Guild F-50-SB that I bought in 1968 when I was playing regularly.  Got married in 1980, had kids, two professions and haven't touched the Guild in 20+ years.  Big mistake.  Now I make some time every day to try and relearn what I've forgotten.   Thanks again for the advice.
                                            aarra :thumbsup


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: hadden on December 17, 2008, 02:40:03 AM
Thanks for the responses so far, hope to see more.  I will go and check out the luthier on Saturday, see what his shop looks like.  The instrument is magnificent and I'm not worthy.  I have a Guild F-50-SB that I bought in 1968 when I was playing regularly.  Got married in 1980, had kids, two professions and haven't touched the Guild in 20+ years.  Big mistake.  Now I make some time every day to try and relearn what I've forgotten.   Thanks again for the advice.
                                            aarra :thumbsup


Music is a wonderful thing. I stopped playing like you for a quite few years and then started up again. Thank goodness I did. I love it. It just never seems to get old for me. So much to discover, especially with a fine instrument.


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: rockstar_not on December 17, 2008, 04:54:05 AM
Hopefully this isn't a hijack....

My classical guitar has no fret markers.  I'm not classically trained, but I love the sound of this git and have had some frustration nailing the right notes as the scale is shorter and my muscle memory is attuned to my L-03.

I'd like to put some markers on the side of the neck right by the frets - like on some electric guitar neck bindings.

I just need a little dot on 3, 5, 7 9 and 12, at the side.  How would you approach this?  I even thought about a tiny drop of white nail polish.

Also, let it be known that I only paid $150 for the classical - so I'm not butchering a masterpiece if it doesn't go well.


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 17, 2008, 05:16:39 AM
I was thinking nail pollish before I got that far in your post. That is a very good idea, plus if you ever want to remove it it will be no problem.

 :coffee  :donut2


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: snkysnake on December 17, 2008, 01:13:14 PM
I just installed postition markers on my classical. I bought some peel and stick fret markers on e bay.  Look for a seller named JOCKOMO , maybe do a guitar parts search for INLAY STICKERS. Simple to install , and easily removable.


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: lw216316 on December 17, 2008, 01:47:47 PM
long, long ago....in a galaxy far, far away...
I used ' white out '  (liquid paper) to put some dots on my classical.
(this was before Al Gore invented the internet   :wink: )
so it was not possible to order decals from ebay back then.

...didn't play for years...started again and had a trusted luthier / friend
replace the "white out" with real side dots...

- Larry


Title: Re: Fret Dots
Post by: aarra on December 17, 2008, 05:15:45 PM
Concerning side dots:  There is a store on e-bay selling sets of twelve (12) abalone side dots 2mm each, not expensive.  I have no connection with them, but if you want to check the item #  140236751881.  Good luck.
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