Best way to get glow-in-the-dark side dots

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  1. wilblee

    wilblee Hack sans shame Gold Supporting Member

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    So, my aging eyes need some help. I'd like to get glow-in-the-dark side dots for those times when I'm playing a new song on a dark stage. Who's done this? How did you do it? How'd you like it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Brian N

    Brian N Member

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    I punch out a tiny stencil and use glow in the dark paint.
     
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    KennyPatrick Supporting Member

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    Yup. Cheap and easy. Hobby lobby for a small bottle and small brush and just dot them.
     
  4. Brian N

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    As for how well it works...well if you do it on a maple fretboard it will make it 10 times worse. Rosewood maybe, but glow in the dark is sort of a novelty IMO, it tales a while to be able to see it. Perhaps a small light to clip onto your headstock would help?
     
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    wilblee Hack sans shame Gold Supporting Member

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    This sounds easy. I dig easy. Any brand suggestions? Any to avoid?
     
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    I am into this idea, as well.
     
  8. Scary Uncle G.

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    It will work better is you add a few black lights to your stage lighting.
     
  9. Ape Factory

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    The "professional" way to do it is lumenlay. It's made in Japan and you can order it online in several colors and dimensions. I used them on my latest build and they charge quickly and last a very long time. It'd be fairly easy for a luthier to pop the old side markers out and put the new ones in. The side markers come in a strand, like a thick piece of spaghetti and you can cut them to any depth you need. And no, they're not radioactive or dangerous to humans. I know there are some American companies now making something similar but I've heard they're not quite as good?
    http://www.luminlay.com/productsen.html

    Here's my guitar, with both side and front markers made out of the stuff.
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  10. highrise

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    Better yet...Tritium!

    Still glows, doesn't have that nasty habit of killing its user.
     

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