At what point do you put your name in inlay on your guitar?

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  1. stevel

    stevel Member

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    Narcissistic? Pretentious?

    A lot of C&W stars did it (and weren't necessarily great guitarists) though I bet some maker did it for them.

    Would you (or do you) have your name in inlay, or even, on your strap (if not on your guitars and cases as in the other thread).

    Pics allowed.

    Steve
     
  2. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    In terms of putting it in the inlay of the instrument, it seems like you should definitely not do this unless you are absolutely certain you will not part with the instrument. Or until you are famous enough that having your name or initials on the inlay will be a selling point rather than a detriment.

    Strap is not such a big deal.
     
  3. imonabuss

    imonabuss Supporting Member

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    When you are filling arenas. Never otherwise.
     
  4. chequepoint

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    Depends on if you're interested in creating a brand, or not looking like a pompous tool to the other guitar players in the audience.
     
  5. dspellman

    dspellman Member

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    No.
     
  6. The Illustrated Bassist

    The Illustrated Bassist Member

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    I can see doing something a little more cheeky, like saying having the word "Dude" put in if you play in a surf band ;)
     
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    if you can really play,, i mean really lay it down its ok i guess.. i can name 2 cats who have this bb and SRV.. other then that.. its just looks pretentious. pretty much any one who is reading this...

    no you dont need to do this.. and it just looks lame
     
  8. FritzCat

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    Hah! The Phantom Surfers are the only surf band I've ever seen with their name on the fretboard.
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  9. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Vince Gill recently received a Thorn guitar with his (Vince's) initials inlayed at the 12th fret. Of course, Gill can definitely play.

    Here's a whole thread about it: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/614407&highlight=vince+gill
     
  10. strat56

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    I don't think I'd have my name put on a guitar anywhere. I do have picks with my name on them however.
     
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    Never. I think it looked tacky when SRV did it, it's still tacky when anyone else does it. Just because you're famous doesn't make it any more acceptable.

    The only exception is putting your name on guitars you built (as in the headstock logo).
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Vince said that we would see it on the road. Not sure if it has cropped up yet -- and I'm not one that follows country, really, so perhaps someone else can confirm if there have been any live sightings of Gill's Thorn.
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    this guy can get away with it...
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    (mainly because he's sort of referencing the great joe maphis, who had a similar "signature" guitar).
     
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    Never. OK, maybe if your initials are SRV. Otherwise, never.
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    At what point do you put your name in inlay on your guitar?

    Doesn't that rank up there with being in a famous, successful headlining rock group and wearing a t-shirt onstage featuring your group's name or logo? I always thought that was kind of peculiar and unnecessary....as if the arena might be filled to capacity with people who have never heard of you.
     
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    I have one from my band days in the 80's. It's an 86 Carvin DC 200 and it's custom painted Steelers guitar with my initials inlayed on it. It's the one guitar I'll never get rid of because it carried me through my gigging days.
     

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