Adding fret dots to Agile multiscale

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by KR250, Mar 5, 2017.

Which layout?

Poll closed Mar 12, 2017.
  1. Option 1: diagonal dots

    4 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Option 2: high/low with wide octave

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
  3. Option 3: high low with narrow octave

    23 vote(s)
    82.1%
  4. Option 4: standard dot layout

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. KR250

    KR250 Build addict

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    I'm planning to add small pearloid top inlays to my Agile multiscale. I'm mostly used to playing it as it is with only side dots, but need a little extra help on the higher register where it's easy to lose place due to the fanning angle.

    Anyway, looking for feedback on 4 different dot layout ideas before I commit to adding. Leaning towards option 3 of 4.

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  2. Thrashman

    Thrashman Got Groove?

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    3 hands down
     
  3. Lemons

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    Option 3 definitely makes the most sense when it comes to multiscales.
     
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    You could try it with some of those stick on dots before you commit to drilling and such
     
  5. thinkpad20

    thinkpad20 plays guitar??

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    My personal preference is option 1 or 3. I like the sort of space feel that I get from option 1, also I think it complements the "triangular" feel of multiscale. I like option 3 a lot too tho
     
  6. LiveOVErdrive

    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    Two is my favorite. More balanced than three. Three is cool too. Four is...not great. Just too traditional.
     
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    If you do option 4 I will personally drive over there and slap you. It's 1 or 3.
     
  8. KR250

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    Haha! It's looking like 3 at the moment, makes the most sense.
     
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    Option 3. Are you installing actually inlays or stickers?
     
  10. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    But why? (genuine question)

    To be frank, I don't like the way option 4 looks.
     
  12. KR250

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    Pearloid inlays, not stickers.
     
  13. KR250

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    Agree, #4 does not work in this case.

    Perhaps not articulated well in my first post, but basic answer is that it's easy to get lost playing on the upper frets as it's not my primary axe. I could live with just side dots on a non multi-scale, but with the fanning it puts my fingers in a different location than the sight line of the side dots.
     
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    I see. I recall that I did have a similar issue once or twice, but found that rehearsing more often with the guitar was the solution for me.

    If this is your reasoning, then, I think it is safe to say that you can eliminate Options 1 and 4 immediately, and lean toward option 3, since it'd be the most direct solution to the problem you are solving.
     
  15. KR250

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    Thanks for the votes. Spent a few hours today and went with #3. Turned out pretty good, not perfect but really close. Quite pleased. I also had to do some other work at the same time (pickup swap out, open up one of the saddle string holes, file down one of the saddle screws, fret/fretboard clean, and string swap). Ok, back to playing the dang thing.

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    That looks great. Nice work.
     
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    Turned out looking slick! Nice work!
     
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    How the hell did you do that? I didn't know it was possible to put inlays on with frets already installed.
     
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    Option 3 is the better!
     
  20. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It's not really rocket science.

    Drill->Glue->File->Sand

    At least as far as small dots go. It's certainly easier to get everything super tight when you're working on a new, non-fretted board, and it would be an absolute PIA on a light colored piece of wood, but as long as you have room (and thus the tools) to sand everything even you should be fine.

    You're basically doing the steps of an inlay repair/replacement only starting from scratch.
     

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