inlay material

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  1. dr purple

    dr purple Member

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    i have a question. what is the difference between acrylic and pearloid? i noticed gibson has those 2 as the main inlay material for there recent guitars. i also noticed acrylic looks a little more like MOP. could anyone fill me in?
     
  2. CharlieB

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    I BELIEVE - not totally sure here - that the acrylic is a type of vinyl, while pearloid is celluloid.

    Having said that - Gibson is probably just denoting two different patterns of NON-mother-of-pearl inlay material... as opposed to the real McCoy*

    REAL MOP is very hard - brittle in fact. My old Guild has real pearl inlay. The fretboard has divots. The inlay is divot free. Totally hard stuff.



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    *Dammit Jim I'm a doctor not a luthier!
     
  3. entropydave

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    Great Pic Charlie!! I was always told that the mother-of-plastic they use is celluloid with ground up real MOP in it.
    I think it is horrible stuff anyway - kinda cute and kitschy on some nice old vintage guitar, but for gods sake their guitars are expensive enough to have real MOP or a better material than bloody plastic!

    rant over.

    ps Happy Noo year Charlie!
     
  4. skidshark

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    good to see ya Dave! :D

    (and i agree with you...they should have the real thing for what they cost!
     

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