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I was thinking of making the inlays on my guitar gold. I only want a very simple shape. I am thinking of doing gold foot prints "walking down the fretboard" from the beginning of the neck to the headstock in place of dots. On the twelth fret there would be two footprints right next to each other. My plan was to use gold foil on glued onto either think plastic or wood and then cutting out the shapes. Any comments suggestions?

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You could get one of those highly metallic looking spray paints that give you a reflective finish (like a gold chrome) on top of PVC or something?

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its not 'gold'

but go buy a 10$ brass kick plate and you have a lifetime of 'gold' material

and if you inlay after the radius , it will bend superb!

how would I cut/shape the kick plate (via what tools) ?

How hot does your average 30w soldering iron get?

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its not 'gold'

but go buy a 10$ brass kick plate and you have a lifetime of 'gold' material

and if you inlay after the radius , it will bend superb!

how would I cut/shape the kick plate (via what tools) ?

How hot does your average 30w soldering iron get?

cut it the same as pearl, jewlers saw clean up with sanding, buff it up to 000 steel wool, if you dont put finish on it , like on a fingerboard it will go green, but cleans up nice with a lil buff;

i dont understand the solder question; hot ..... very hot..... i guess

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Another vote for Brass. Try Rio Grande, it about $8 a sheet and is the right thickness. Use it all the time.

Wolf with real gold leash and collar

wolf1.jpg

Wolf with brass parts

wolfcam.jpg

very nice

Use brass, and inlay it below the surface of the F/B, and cover it with casting resin (found at any art supply store).

Once it`s dry, is can be sanded flush.

Here is the same technique using bullets for face dots.

Andre-3.jpg

Goldfrets-1.jpg

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Another vote for Brass. Try Rio Grande, it about $8 a sheet and is the right thickness. Use it all the time.

Wolf with real gold leash and collar

wolf1.jpg

Wolf with brass parts

wolfcam.jpg

very nice

Use brass, and inlay it below the surface of the F/B, and cover it with casting resin (found at any art supply store).

Once it`s dry, is can be sanded flush.

Here is the same technique using bullets for face dots.

Andre-3.jpg

Goldfrets-1.jpg

Ah! i cant believe someone else thought of that! i have had that idea on my mind since before i started building, but never got around to it! what casings are they? as in what caliber?

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The concept has been done before, since the early `80`s actually.

The 3rd through 12th markers are 32 auto shells, 15th through 21st are 25 caliber, 24th are 1/8" brass dowel rod, and the 27th is 3/32" brass dowel rod.

Side markers are 3/32" brass as well.

Mike

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