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Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (Gilmourisgod) » Thu May 31, 2018 5:42 pm

I remember seeing a link in an old thread showing the restoration and replacement process for crushed pearl or "glitter" fingerboard inlays. Anybody remember where that was, who the Luthier was? Thanks!
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (collin) » Thu May 31, 2018 7:31 pm

Here's your own thread on the subject, Alexander!

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=413099
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (jps) » Thu May 31, 2018 11:45 pm

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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (jdogric12) » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:11 am

Dale Fortune does these too, don't he?
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (jps) » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:10 am

Yes, he does.
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (bluewhale) » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:42 pm

Didn't the old Rickenbackers use crushed abalone?

I remember reading that the abalone were harvested from the Southern California coast, mainly for use in furniture, and that the population decreased enough that it was stopped.


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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (collin) » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:14 pm

bluewhale wrote:Didn't the old Rickenbackers use crushed abalone?

I remember reading that the abalone were harvested from the Southern California coast, mainly for use in furniture, and that the population decreased enough that it was stopped.


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Possibly, not sure if the actual species.

But as I understand it, the original inlays were sheets of pre-crushed shell material mixed with resin and sold in 1’ square sheets as flooring material. Electro string procured a large supply around ‘63/‘64 and used these until the supply ran out in 1972.

There are modern equivalents of this material available today.
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (jps) » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:49 pm

So, I could have done my kitchen floor in CP. Cool.
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (teeder) » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:38 am

jps wrote:So, I could have done my kitchen floor in CP. Cool.


With checkerboard trim? :mrgreen:
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (jps) » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:41 am

teeder wrote:
jps wrote:So, I could have done my kitchen floor in CP. Cool.


With checkerboard trim? :mrgreen:

Like PW's round kitchen table with the CB edge on it. :lol:
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (xsubs) » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:57 pm

It's crushed white mother of pearl...
I use this, with West Systems epoxy:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LX ... UTF8&psc=1

Matches perfectly with the original 60s material.
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (chefothefuture) » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:09 pm

collin wrote:
bluewhale wrote:Didn't the old Rickenbackers use crushed abalone?

I remember reading that the abalone were harvested from the Southern California coast, mainly for use in furniture, and that the population decreased enough that it was stopped.


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Possibly, not sure if the actual species.

But as I understand it, the original inlays were sheets of pre-crushed shell material mixed with resin and sold in 1’ square sheets as flooring material. Electro string procured a large supply around ‘63/‘64 and used these until the supply ran out in 1972.

There are modern equivalents of this material available today.


The link is in the post earlier in this thread. Didn't you try that stuff?
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (johnhall) » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:39 pm

bluewhale wrote:Didn't the old Rickenbackers use crushed abalone?

I remember reading that the abalone were harvested from the Southern California coast, mainly for use in furniture, and that the population decreased enough that it was stopped.


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No. The original material was sourced from Japan in sheet form, specifically from a firm that produced many of the fancy laminate materials used on drums of that era. This company seems to have gone away in the 1970's.
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Re: Crushed Pearl Inlays

Postby (Gilmourisgod) » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:23 pm

Gonna give this stuff a try:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LX ... UTF8&psc=1

Thanks All! I'll post results in case anyone else is interested in trying it.
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