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I'd imagine you'd want to start looking for plastic rod at model-makers suppliers, or perhaps something like McMaster-Carr? Just a thought.

I feel like I saw something akin to what you're looking for at my local hobby shop.

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Your searching might be better spent on thinking of ways to make plug cutters so you can just cut dots out of all kinds of plastic. I was doing this in my early 20's, so I think it's one of the easier tasks involved with guitar making.

Then again, I suppose if I had a lathe, I might try turing chunks of plastic into rods instead of messing with plug cutters.

Now I remember I once went to a plastics company and asked for black a white solid plastic rods and they said they only had clear or whitish clear nylon.

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Your searching might be better spent on thinking of ways to make plug cutters so you can just cut dots out of all kinds of plastic. I was doing this in my early 20's, so I think it's one of the easier tasks involved with guitar making.

Then again, I suppose if I had a lathe, I might try turing chunks of plastic into rods instead of messing with plug cutters.

Now I remember I once went to a plastics company and asked for black a white solid plastic rods and they said they only had clear or whitish clear nylon.

Good idea on the lathe I have one so I might try that.

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Well, heck, if it's a metal working lathe, you can also make the best kind of plug cutters.

No it's just a wood one but I could make some wood ones maybe but the fretboard won't be finished, maybe if I find some wood that contrasts it that doesn't have to be finished, something like ebony with maple dots. I'm looking at model shops and stuff online though.

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Years ago I bought some white 1/4" plastic knitting needles and cut them into little pieces for face markers. I still have enough to last for a long long time yet. On recent builds I have used the sparkley silver 1/4"mm self adhesive sequins that you can buy from a craft shop, drill a shallow hole and set them in resin. They look really cool and sparkle as they catch the light.

I have also found very small plastic crotchet needles that I have used for side markers as well.

When I'm looking for ornamental stuff for guitars a craft shop is the first place I look at.

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Dude...I bought dowel rods from woodcraft a while back to use as plugs...they come in 1/4" 3/8" etc....

They are available in many woods

http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyID=667

that's what I was thinking, but I'm a little worried because all those woods need a finish and the fretboard isn't finished. I might get some wood that doesn't need a finish and contrasts whatever fingerboard I'm using and turn it into a dowel on my lathe though. My favorite fingerboard is ebony than rosewood than maple. Maple would look great with ebony dots but I'm not sure if ebony takes a finish and the only time I'd be doing maple is for a guitar I'm building for someone else and it's all up to them and what there willing to pay.

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