Neck inlay preference

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Parttime, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    Dec 6, 2018
    there are many beautiful inlays when it comes to guitar necks but I’ve gotten so use to the thumbnail inlays that the bigger block inlays throw me off when I’m looking down at the neck. Which do most of you prefer?


  2. new6659

    new6659 Gretschie

    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    If I had to choose.... Thumbnails as they seem a bit more elegant. But blocks of all types are nice too!
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  3. Thumbnails or Western only. No blocks on Gretsch guitars
  4. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    I like thumbnails and hump blocks. The big blocks are also pretty, but they seem less distinctively Gretschy.

    When it comes down to it, though, I'm fine with anything but dots. Dots just scream, "we're not even trying to be interesting here." :)
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  5. ramjac

    ramjac Gretschie

    Aug 14, 2011
    Depends on the guitar. Thumbnails for a Gretsch. Dots are fine on a Strat or Tele - anything else is too much. For Gibsons, inlays are a big part of the mojo. I like the trapezoid inlays on me SG and LP Standards, but the big mother of pearl blocks on my ES-355 really pop in a good way. I also like the shark tooth inlays on my Rick 4003.
  6. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    On Gretsches..thumbnails over Humps..and Big blocks look great too.
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Thumbnails. No one else has them.
  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I like these fret markers I ordered on my custom Blue Belly La Strega:
    La Strega at home 011.jpg resizedLa Strega at home 029.jpg
  9. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Love the thumbnails on Gretsch Guitars. Gibson’s gotta be blocks. Fenders have to be dots.
  10. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Since we are in the Gretsch discussion forum, I'll limit myself to Gretsch inlays. Thumbnails are great, classic and distinctly Gretsch. But I also love any of the engraved inlays, such as the Western (like on my RHH) or the Feathers you'd find on some of the Falcons. Not a big fan of hump blocks (have them on my two Electros). And I like whatever you call them (Diamomd?) on my 9531 Style 3 Double 0.
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  11. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I never understood why someone with an outspoken preference for a particular fretboard wood for aesthetic and/or tonal propensities, would want to have it nullified by big arsed inlays.
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  13. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    I know PRS isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the bird inlays are just lovely.
  14. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Yep, but yours are pointing the other way! :p
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  15. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    I like abalone inlays on acoustics, and I had a Schecter C-1 Elite that had abalone binding, fret markers, and on the knobs for added bling. I loved it.

    When it comes right down to it, though, the fret markers are the last thing I think about when evaluating a guitar for purchase. Also, when I play, the only fret markers I would look at would be on the side of the neck. Even then, I am always working to find my way by feel more than looking at the fret markers.
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  16. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I was always intrigued by the Atkins Axe with the dice neck inlays. I can't find a pic of them, was it the 7686 model? @tartanphantom will know.
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  17. peterjh85

    peterjh85 Electromatic

    Dec 16, 2017
    Pacific Northwest
    I love the hump blocks with wing inlays. Seems like you can only get that configuration with Dynasonics. If I were to ever go custom shop, I’d be getting hump block wing inlays with Filter’Trons AND tone control (no mud switch).
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  18. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    You nailed it-- 7685 and 7686 Atkins Axe models.

  19. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks for the great photo, Rob! I have seen other photos where the square markers had no dice markings. Was that a Japanese reissue model?
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  20. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Thumbnails over everything. Subtle, curved. Love em.
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