On my first build I punched dots out of old pickguard material with a leather punch. It was really hard on my hands.
These rods work really well. I probably should have used CA glue but I just used the #16 weld-on binding glue. I thought I might have trouble with the black rod melting into the white binding but it came out great.
Lots of material left for future builds.
A buck a strip and I get maybe 5 necks out of 1. But value is not really a value unless there is a certain level of quality that goes with it. I've used both sizes and colors, they all fit the stated hole size perfectly, no problem. Drill my holes first, put a drop of medium CA glue on a plastic lid and GO! dip the end a tad in the glue and it lubricates its way to the bottom of the hole. Trim long with a razor, cutters deform the material and then wont go into the next hole without dressing, then sand flat to the freboard. Easy-breezy.
You can easily mark 3-4 fingerbords with one rod
Easy to work with, one piece can do 2-3 guitars depending on how long your insert is.
This stuff is very simple to install, but be aware the white is a very bright pure white and will look quite different from mother of pearl (or imitation) fret markers.
Stew-Mac side dot material is easy to work with and yields perfect results.
I got the 1/16 black and it works just fine. I made an error and dipped the tips in my binding cement then placed in my pre-drilled holes. This turned out to be too much cement and sort of melted the thin rod and a few fret markers came out blurry even after scrapping. Next time I'll use a toothpick or just use super glue sparingly from a fine tip to fill the holes.
Not much you can say about a thin rod of plastic! But it works just as it should.
It's a black plastic rod...not much to say really other than it goes in easily and it of nice quality.
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