Using Mother-of-Pearl, Abalone and Brass Inlay is an 'art' in itself, and is extremely time-consuming if it's done properly, which is why the majority of manufactured guitars tend to have the 'transfer' method for headstock logos. Every fixed neck 'Royal Guitar' ( with only a couple of exceptions ) had a Mother-of-Pearl headstock inlay somewhere on the neck, and the majority of 'Royal Guitars' had some quite intricate types of design for fingerboard inlays too. This was an important part of " The Concept ".Hopefully there will soon be information pages on both Design and Inlay techniques using Mother-of-Pearl, Abalone and Brass and also some more pictures to view.
( The Picture above is of a New Crown Inlay in Brass..... and is about the size of a Postage Stamp.)
( See Safety Precaution Warning - Below ! )
( Photos have about a 15 second download time at 56k )
The picture above shows some inlays that
have been cut and also a couple of pieces ready to be cut.
If you note the pieces to be cut... On the right are just the individual characters, on the left shows the characters joined up so the inlay, when finished, is in 'script' form.
Please Click on the links below to see just a few inlays of many that have been done over the years.
HEADSTOCK INLAY FROM 1981
GRAPEVINE INLAY FROM 1981
" PEARLY "
LEAF INLAY FROM 1985
HEADSTOCK INLAY FROM 1986
ELECTRA MK 1.5 HEADSTOCK 1987
ELECTRA NECK INLAYS 1988
SIMON'S MAGENTA HEADSTOCK 1988/89
SIMON'S MAGENTA NECK 1988/89
BETSY HEADSTOCK 1989
ELECTRA CUSTOM '89 NECK
ELECTRA CUSTOM '89 HEAD
ELECTRA CUSTOM '89 FINGERBOARD
It is Important to note that when cutting and sanding
Mother-of -Pearl and Abalone.....
Proper safety Precautions have to taken.....
the 'Shell Dust' is a Carcinogen.
is a lot less hazardous to 'work'.
( Please see the relevant Health and Safety Regulations that apply before trying it.)
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