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Coloring epoxy for guitar inlays

Issue 217 May 22, 2014

A little bit of glue hides imperfections... Dan Erlewine personalizes a fretboard with the customer's name in pearl: "Hoss." There are small gaps around the inlays, and Dan shows how to make those gaps disappear.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkHow to mix epoxy
  • checkmarkHow much (or how little!) color you need to add
  • checkmarkFilling gaps in the routs around pearl inlays
  • checkmarkA neat magnet trick for cutting thin slices off the end of the fretboard
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Japanese Fret Saw
Our smoothest, fastest handsaw for cutting fret slots.
ColorTone Liquid Pigment for Lacquer
Brilliant colors for spraying opaque lacquer finishes.
4" Radius Blocks
The 5 most popular radii for spot-sanding, in a money-saving set!
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Guitar Repair Magnet Kit
Make custom repair cauls, magnetize pickups, and more. See the video for tips!
Drop-fill Toothpicks
Handy angled plastic sticks flow drops of glue and lacquer precisely. Less mess!
Pearloid Inlay Set for Gibson® Les Paul® Standard
Complete 9-piece set. Vintage size and ready to inlay.
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