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“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

 
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LMI August 2018 BLOG

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by Chris Herrod
LMI Sales Manager

Shell (Mother of Pearl and various types of abalone) is a traditional and widely used inlay material. Inlays cut from shell have adorned headstocks, rosettes, and fingerboards on countless instruments. During the last decade, the enforcement of a United States export rule has made it both costly and time-consuming for instrument makers to send shell-adorned instruments to customers overseas. This is why LMI and other supply places cannot send dots and other shell products to their international customers.

Luckily, luthiers and their customers are now more inclined to eschew traditional appearances than they used to be and are happy to accept new and unique materials - as well as new inlay motifs.

Many builders have embraced stone and stone composites as a replacement for shell. We carry a popular faux turquoise material sold as a blank, as well as red jasper, gold and turquoise reconstituted stone inlay pieces (dots, position markers, rosette ring blanks).

If wood inlay appeals to you, as it does to many, then, of course, LMI has you covered. We have some blank material listed alongside our other inlay material, but please do not neglect our extensive menu of headplate veneers. These are thin enough (or close to thin enough) for cutting inlays and the color and grain variety we have available should suit all your needs.


Finally, the option most often chosen by the manufacturers is plastic. We don’t carry blanks, but most of the common position marker sizes are available in white and black, and we have tortoise patterned dots as well.

 FEATURED ITEMS
 

DOTS! 

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demonstrating position marker inlay. 

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Blocks for radiusing 
your fingerboards

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3M Stickit Sandpaper

Great for sanding fingerboards

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Cyanoacrylate (super) glue
for wicking around inlays

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Micropipettes for
cyanoacrylate glue

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Synthetic fingerboard oil

AFC

AFC - Fingerboard Clamp

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Fingerboard Clamps

 

CanadaFlag300   CanadaFlag300Due to the new CITES rulings on Rosewood, LMI now offers 
   Select Rosewood parts in Canada with no extra cost.  

 

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