Disappearing side dots

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  1. AngryHatter

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    Okay, then you don't need markers, right?
     
  2. Garrett Bagby

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    PRS stopped using the nickel/silver dots several years ago. They use white plastic now with double dots at the 12th. Even still, I had trouble seeing them on stage last night due to the lights reflecting off the gloss finish. It's always something.
     
  3. jklotz

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    Luminlay dots in a Warmoth roasted maple neck:

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  4. standard24

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    I've always wondered about these PRS dots. Were they a metal rod, cut to fit holes drilled in the side of the neck? When were they used and how were they applied?
     
  5. edward

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    Curious about this as I have a brilliant acoustic I love, but the flamed maple fretboard binding and shell dots offer ridiculously poor visual contrast in even average light --gorgeous but utterly non-functional!! But I DONT want to go invasive...

    1. How good does that sharpie trick work? (you absolutely sure sharpie won't permanently mar the fin?)
    2. So how about stickers??

    Edward
     
  6. TVvoodoo

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    Drill out to size, replace with pencil crayon lead, file down, works awesome

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    To find the proper drill bit, free up some crayon lead, then drill holes in a piece of wood with several bits and try the lead until you find the perfect one.
     
  7. jklotz

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    Back when I was studying classical guitar, we used to put a drop of whiteout at the 7th fret. You have to reapply every 2 or so months, but it will wipe off with a damp rag and leaves no residue.
     
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  8. Pointy Headstock

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    And they would be a posting TGP member fer sure.
     
  9. edward

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    Whiteout ...gotcha! I remember that stuff ...largely been replaced by correctional tape now. LOL! Not sure about whether white or black will offer me more contrast ...I will have to try it, thanks!

    Asking again about a sharpie, though: is it safe and truly non-permanent on a finish (fwiw, a Taylor UV fin). TIA!!

    Edward
     
  10. tonalvision

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    you could get glow in the dark side markers from this guy...
    https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/msg/d/magnolia-glow-in-the-dark-fret-markers/6771912946.html
     
  11. Garrett Bagby

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    From what I understand they were nickel silver, like frets. No idea how the material came to be in that shape, but I assume they were just glued into round holes like any other side markers.

    I thought it was pretty cool, personally, and they never bothered me. They used them from the start (with a single dot at 12) until well into the 00's. I don't remember when they switched to the standard plastic style, but I guess it was somewhere between '08 and '12.
     
  12. standard24

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    When did they switch to 2 dots at the 12th?
     
  13. Garrett Bagby

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    The SE models always did, but on the USA guitars they started the double dot when they switched to the plastic side dots.
     
  14. bob-i

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    Oh hell no, there are too many finishes to be sure it won’t mar the finish. It didn’t mar my 95 PRS but I wouldn’t even suggest using sharpie if that’s a concern.

    I made a small dot on top of the side dot, just to make it brighter.
     
  15. Dr. Zorlac

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    I cut out some random stickers and stuck them on the neck. The advantage is that it sort of works like braille, I can "see" them even with the lights off.
     
  16. romiso

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    I had this problem with a Fano I once owned.

    I tried whiteout first. OK but sloppy. I found some fret marker decals on Amazon that did the trick.
     
  17. edward

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    Thanks guys! Will check out some decals :)

    Edward
     
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  18. Tone Loco

    Tone Loco Silver Supporting Member

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    Seems like a good idea! It’s not distracting though?

    Only asking since I have a hard time with some of the lights they put on pedals now, they are so bright that it’s hard to make out the labels in the near vicinity. I put tape over them and can still tell when they are on.

    I understand these aren’t powered but just wonder if they are at all distracting.
     
  19. BrokenRomeo

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    I don’t find them to be distracting at all...very happy with mine
     
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  20. jklotz

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    Not distracting in the least. Even in total darkness, they are not overly bright. Just enough to be seen.
     
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