• Fret board inlay on custom built mandolin. Craig Rantz.

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Again, one of my “signatures” on my hand-built instruments is abalone position markers.

This is a picture of the abalone inlay on mandolin #1. I use smaller 5mm dots, as opposed to 6mm, for this application. I like the look of the dots to be comfortably inside the frets. The larger dots run almost up against the frets in the upper regions of the fret board… too close to look “right” in my opinion.

If you look over at my post on my ukulele construction you’ll see how these are installed!

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