Pearl Fretboard Side Dots

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Perfectly cut position markers for the edge of the fingerboard. Made from genuine shell material, perfectly cut to drop right into place.

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Pearl Fretboard Side Dots White pearl, package of 10

White pearl, package of 10

Item # 0964
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10 or more $4.70
50 or more $3.76
Pearl Fretboard Side Dots Gold pearl, package of 10

Gold pearl, package of 10

Item # 0964-G
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10 or more $4.97
50 or more $3.98
Pearl Fretboard Side Dots Abalone, package of 10

Abalone, package of 10

Item # 0964-A
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10 or more $5.09
50 or more $4.07
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
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Quantity: 20


Perfectly cut position markers for the edge of the fingerboard. Made from genuine shell material, perfectly cut to drop right into place.

They're small, but they make a big difference to the player. Perfectly cut circles with consistent diameter and thickness — what a time saver!

Diameter: 3/32" (2.38mm)
Thickness: 0.050" (1.27mm)

Sold in packages of 10.

We recommend epoxy or super glue for installing all our inlays and side dots.

Inlay filler colors can be mixed with epoxy for matching ebony and rosewood.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Installing side dots with the help of plywood scraps

Dan Erlewine shows the easy way to install side dots in guitar neck binding. And he has some tips for using plywood scraps around your shop, too!

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Pearl Fretboard Side Dots

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Predictable repeatable results

By justinarts from West Texas, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 04, 2014

Thanks Stewmac! These position markers are always uniform and are of fine quality!

Very nice

By ccutter from Crescent City Cal
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 02, 2014

I bought a nice, used, entry-level, Takamine classical guitar. It does not come with side fret markers and that was a problem for me. I looked into the do-it-yourself approach and I did it. These abalones pieces come in variety of shades and colors (often bluish on one side and whiter on the other). I ordered a matching size brad-tip drillbit from another company and my luthier friend lent me a handheld manual drill device to do the the drilling slowly and controlled.(forgot what it is called). I carefully measured the position (hardest part of the whole job) and then did it. Once I tapped them in it was difficult or impossible to get them out. They will pretty much want to stay flush with the edge even if the hole is a little deep. Two of them were attached with a tiny drop of wood glue applied on a needle. Result is quite good for an amateur.

Super fit

By Wrea398 from Pa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Great every time. Be carefull when tapping them in. Sometimes you can pop a layer of the shell off and create a void if tapping too hard. Or not having it start in straight. Use a plastic mallet.

Fun Project

By Bob Shilling from Berkeley, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 29, 2013

Well, I'm not a luthier - but do enjoy DIY projects like this. I have several instruments with no side dots, and I've been putting little white-out dots for playing ease. But it rubs off after a while. I saw these dots in the StewMac catalog and decided to give it a try. So far, I have installed them only on a "beater" soprano uke with a fretboard that is actually thinner than the dot diameter. So drilling the holes meant I was straddling two woods. One hole is a little out of line, but otherwise I really like the way these dots look. And they won't rub off! I'll be doing the Dan Erlewine brad-point mod on a drill bit before I install dots on three more instruments.

Great for adding side dots to a Classical neck

By chuck cochran from Pueblo, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 26, 2013

Received and used the side dots (with the tip from Dan on making a brad point 3/32 bit). The dots and the bit both worked excellent. Really added a classy touch to the instrument. The abalone really blends well with the ebony fingerboard so the dots aren't really noticable from a distance but are obvious to the player. Thanks StewMac and Dan E.

good quality

By ph from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 14, 2013

these are nice. They show up real well when installed. Very small. I use a pair of flat point tweasers to put them in place.


By David Vicars from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Would rather buy these here than trying to make them.

Nice quality

By rich.chaffins from Morgantown, WV
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I always use the abalone side dots, and they are great. No complaints.

Pretty, but somewhat difficult to work with

By Andrew H. from South Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 10, 2013

These side dots look great and compliment the stew mac abalone dots perfectly. In general, they look beautiful and there weren't any that were all dark in the two packs I bought. Luckily I bought two packs, as I ended up dropping 3 or 4 of them when test fitting hole sizes. They didn't quite fit a 3/32" hole, so I had to ream it slightly with the drill bit. In testing the fit and depth, I dropped some... lost forever. They were a little thin, making the hole drilling difficult, hence my dropping. However, once finished, they turned out awesome.

 Very nice

By Kennebec Instrument & Amplifier from Augusta, ME
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 20, 2013

A fine product.

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