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Postby dukeplaysbass » Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:51 am

So, my 59 P has clay fret marker dots on the side of the neck. They're just below the rosewood, and in the maple neck. But the neck is so worn and the dots are so light that they disappear in low light. It's getting kinda atonal around here.....

Any suggestions for making the markers a bit more visible, without permanently scarring the neck?
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Re: dots...

Postby harleyyy » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:25 am

Hmmm, my 62 is in the RW....

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Re: dots...

Postby GonzoBass » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:44 am

A dab of phosphorescent paint?

...or these-

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I had an Ibanez for a little while that had the same problem
coupled with small faded fretboard markers
and I used these stars on the fretboard itself;
Bigger ones up to the 12th fret
and smaller ones after that
(starting with two at the 12th fret)
but the small dots might work for the side markers.

Just a thought...
Although I'm not sure I would do the same to a '59.
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Re: dots...

Postby dukeplaysbass » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:51 am

harleyyy wrote:Hmmm, my 62 is in the RW....

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Yeah, mine are BELOW the rosewood line. Will take a pic tonight.
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Re: dots...

Postby Funkster » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:51 am

I have the same issue with my 64 P and it's the only reason I only play it on afternoon outside gigs lol,, I would love a easy temporary solution also so I can bring her out more aften.?
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Re: dots...

Postby dukeplaysbass » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:52 am

GonzoBass wrote:A dab of phosphorescent paint?


I was thinking of coloring them in with a dot of black nail polish.
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Re: dots...

Postby Father Gino » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:34 pm

dukeplaysbass wrote:
I was thinking of coloring them in with a dot of black nail polish.


My Sterling has white dots in the side of the Pau Ferro fretboard that are small and have faded to an off white. Very hard to see on a dark stage. I painted black dots below the fretboard on the maple neck with nail polish. It was a so-so fix, better than nothing. The good news was that they came right off with a little fingernail action when I thought I might sell the bass. Mind you, the Sterling has an un-finished, waxed neck so I don't know what would have happened on varnish.
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Re: dots...

Postby Rob Francis » Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:27 pm

A fine tipped sharpie if you don't mind black or a toothick tip dipped in thinned model airplace white if you need the light color. I'd do it right on the dot its self....but test on a piece of woof to get the tiny amount needed zeroed in.
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Postby ghiadub » Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:33 am

On my upright bass I have some red fingernail polish (on ebony) to mark the first posistion. The red is quite dark, like blood, but it is very easy to spot even on a dark stage for some reason. The red just jumps out.
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Re: dots...

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:12 pm

ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE A SHARPIE - It will stain your neck and not come out - Can you say DEVAL and SALE PROOF? Heres the easiest - floresent colored white-out. Comes right off and will not stain or discolor..
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Postby harleyyy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:28 pm

So when did the side position markers appear on the fretboard side and not the neck? [smilie=coz.gif]
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Re: dots...

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:25 pm

Kevin Probass Borden wrote:Heres the easiest - floresent colored white-out. Comes right off and will not stain or discolor..

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That's what I've used and was gonna post. Nice to see Kebo giving it the thumbs up. I bought some glow in the dark white out years ago for this application. Just a small dot was all that was necessary. I would take it off with a simple damp cloth.

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Re: dots...

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:54 pm

Petey - early slab boards had dots all over the place. The became consistant sometime around early 1960
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Re: dots...

Postby edmonstg » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:15 pm

I have a 59P with original slab neck and the side dots are half on, half off the fretboard.

Mine are still farily white and easy to see in all but pitch-black conditions. Many years ago, I worked very hard to get to a point where I could play without having to look at anything on the bass, eyes closed if you will.

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Re: dots...

Postby Bassilisk » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:41 pm

I've found that this works very easily.

Staples sells removable 1/4" color coding dots with a very mild adhesive on them. They come in a pack of 768 in four colors - yellow, blue, green and red.

For the highest visibility I use the yellow - I press them on over the barely visible dot on the neck, then take a black Sharpie and make a nice big dot on center. It does not leach through to the neck. The only thing that gives me higher visibility is my Alembic's side LED's.

Removal/replacement is a snap. The adhesive residue is inert and can be rubbed out with a finger and a paper towel.

And I can see them without glasses.
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