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  • No fret markers - wtf

    I am starting to see this more and more, especially on 7 string guitars. Maybe I am in the minority but I really rely on the fretboard inlays when I play. I never, ever look at the side dot inlays. I seriously can't imagine shredding it up on a guitar with a blank fretboard...but the trend seems to be heading that way.

    Do you guys feel the same or am I an idiot?

  • #2
    +1 I can't imagine doing leads without visual aides. I'm comfortable playing 'blind' in the cowboychord-area, further south than say 7th fret I'm lost. So... if you're a moron that makes two of us.
    va' sa' du? va' hete' du?
    Originally posted by chilton
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    • #3
      i can play without fret markers anywhere, but side dots are always good
      Originally posted by metalchurch
      I had my ball sack appraised one time.
      Originally posted by metalchurch
      ??Apparently ball sack and ball sack are synonymous.

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      • #4
        I'm the opposite, I need the side markers. I seldom look at the fretboard.

        As an aside; I thought all of you metal players play with the guitar around your knees!!! How can you see the fretboard??? JK

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        • #5
          Originally posted by crawdaddy View Post
          I'm the opposite, I need the side markers. I seldom look at the fretboard.

          As an aside; I thought all of you metal players play with the guitar around your knees!!! How can you see the fretboard??? JK
          Hell no, I play Tom Morello style!

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          • #6
            My Warwick bass doesn't have fret markers. Once you get used to it, it's not a big deal.

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            • #7
              I had a Godin LGXSA with no markers, it was a real PITA, never got used to it. I also have a Takamine EN10 with no dots that I had to stop using, played that for 10 years and never really got used to it.

              Even had dots added to my classical guitar as I kept getting lost on it !

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              • #8
                What method has anyone used to add dots? Stickers dont last ...
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AllroyPA View Post
                  What method has anyone used to add dots? Stickers dont last ...
                  when I used to play righties hendrix style I would just sharpie side dotss on.


                  I need side dots but fret inlays are not mandatory for me. I had a 7 string agile V not too long ago that had no fret inlays and I liked it alot. I think ebony boards with no inlays are sexy.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah a bare board can look very slick. I've never been a fan of big fret markers either, although some inlays can be cool, but big dots are a no-no.

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                    • #11
                      My favorite has always been Ibanez shark tooth inlays

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                      • #12
                        my favorites are the ibanez destroyer bar inlays and the 70's gibson mini-bar inlays

                        i play tom morello style too, only nu-metal guitarists wear their straps down to their knees

                        i use white-out tape for side markers, because it's easily removable/reapplicable
                        Originally posted by metalchurch
                        I had my ball sack appraised one time.
                        Originally posted by metalchurch
                        ??Apparently ball sack and ball sack are synonymous.

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                        • #13
                          I've got an Agile 7 stringer with no fret markers. It is my first 7 string guitar which makes it have a bit of a learning curve. The other thing about it is it has no fret markers. Which I have found is a crutch that I use. Up until this guitar I had never had a guitar without some form of neck inlay.

                          While I agree it does look cool, in a minimalistic sort of way, I feel it has made the bonding experience w/ this guitar very difficult.

                          PeAcE

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                          • #14
                            since many years ago, I also Hendrix the righty axes...fret markers? what are they....side dot's? what are they

                            NO I won't magic-marker dots because if I sell that unit, someone would be pissed, and the dot inlays are really are too small unless I angle the neck towards me which doesn't happen too often ( especially in a dark bar )

                            someone needs to find me some bo-datious lefty Charvels to replace the dozen or so righty Charvels I own
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jesse View Post
                              My favorite has always been Ibanez shark tooth inlays
                              you keep liking your Ibanez fins, I'll keep liking my Jackson fins
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