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

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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.

About the guitar in this video: This is a top-of-the-line Martin: a D-45 model from 1980.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Fixing an uphill slope at the first fret
  • The differing hardness between pearl and wood
  • Martin's amazing inlay fitting: hard to get out!
  • Radius-sanding the pearl before installation

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