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Old 01-24-2021, 01:57 PM
Shuksan Shuksan is offline
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Sometimes the apparent lightness or darkness of a pearl inlay is a result of the amount of reflectiveness you see which can depend on its orientation. It's often the case that an inlay is more reflective from one angle then others. Because of this, when I'm inlaying markers that are symmetrically shaped like diamonds or dots, I first lay them all out in the same configuration they will be in on the fretboard and then rotate them individually until they all show the same reflectiveness from the same viewing angle. I then keep track of their individual orientations and inlay them that way. That helps a lot to get a uniform look.

It's also important to inlay them as close to flush as you can. You want to keep sanding to the minimum possible so as to not change their appearance.
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