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Break it to fix it? Replacing a D-45 pearl inlay


Issue 275 December 15, 2016



The pearl was in the way! Working on this fine, pearly Martin D-45, Dan Erlewine needed to spot-sand the fretboard. He shows why sanding the pearl inlay at the same time just didn’t work. That inlay had to be destroyed and replaced.
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About the guitar in this video: This is a top-of-the-line Martin: a D-45 model from 1980.

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkFixing an uphill slope at the first fret
  • checkmarkThe differing hardness between pearl and wood
  • checkmarkMartin's amazing inlay fitting: hard to get out!
  • checkmarkRadius-sanding the pearl before installation

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