View Full Version : Post a picture of your vine inlays.

Shawn Gambrel
Dec-17-2008, 10:38pm
Post pictures of your mandolins that have vine inlays on the neck

man dough nollij
Dec-17-2008, 10:42pm
My favorite:


Dec-17-2008, 11:05pm
Check out this (http://www.custompearlinlay.com/SamplesWork.htm) page at Dave Nichol's www.custompearlinlay.com in Malone, NY. There are more pictures in his photo gallery. Nice guy, great artist.

Dec-17-2008, 11:49pm
yep !!!..:popcorn:

Jim Hilburn
Dec-18-2008, 10:16am
This is my first mandolin, made in 1979.
I was trying to learn a lot of things all at once. One of those things was to never do a vine on a fingerboard again.

Brad Nicholas
Dec-18-2008, 1:13pm
I did a simple vine on my first mandolin. The leaves and swirls mark the 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, and 15th frets.

Steve Perry
Dec-18-2008, 2:27pm
yep !!!..:popcorn:

Nice!:whistling: Is that your Sumi? Original fretboard or is that a new one? I always wanted to do just the one section there around the 12th fret. Hmmm... maybe I'll run down to Bryan England's and see what he'd charge for something like that.

D C Blood
Dec-18-2008, 2:37pm
On my '96 Silver Eagle/Angel...

Dec-18-2008, 3:20pm
Here's pics of my 1980s Alvarez A900.

Dec-18-2008, 5:32pm
Steve, Dave Nichol as mentioned above did the fretboard for me and Mike Blohm was kind enough to use it as most luthiers won't touch something like that.. if it's not their own work.. how's is your birdseye Sumi ? i bet it's great. i was just about to order a 3 point blonde birdseye from him when our dollar crashed.. :crying:

Dec-21-2008, 9:20am
Herre is a couple of the goldfeather custom I built in 1999 ( couldn't part with it


Adam Tracksler
Dec-21-2008, 10:37am
i know its not a mando, but I always thought this was a cool one:

This was before the etching, its amazing in person...

Dec-21-2008, 10:52pm
Herre is a couple of the goldfeather custom I built in 1999 ( couldn't part with it


Fred, that is a NICE lookin' mandolin. bet it tones as well. if ya want to part with it now ??:)

Dec-21-2008, 10:53pm
Quote: i know its not a mando, but I always thought this was a cool one:


Did you mean to say it's KNOT a mando....

Jan-12-2009, 3:58pm
Here isa picture of my Arches. Cody Shuler (Picknpine) of Pine Mtn Railroad is test driving it. He is the one that called this one a "Hoss". Chris Baird builds what you want and how you want it even though he is about 2500 miles from me. A mind Reader, I guess.

barry k
Jan-12-2009, 10:29pm
Heres a 1995 K&G that I built vine on FB and mesquite body

Mark Franzke
Jan-12-2009, 11:53pm
I did this one with larger leaves at the key frets. I tend to look at the fretboard too much when I play, so I need the markers. The vine runs from the 7th to the 15th frets.

Jan-14-2009, 7:44am
Here is the vine inlay that I designed in the Unicorn mandolin days slightly redrawn for the Phoenix mandolins. Jenny Warner did all the hand cutting and inlaying on this one and the phoenix on the headstock too.
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Jan-14-2009, 10:25am
I do believe one of Rolfe's fingerboard vine inlays was featured on the ancient 'Frets' magazine inlay poster.

Jan-16-2009, 12:26am
My favorite:


WHAT VINE INLAY! :disbelief:

Jan-17-2009, 11:26pm
this is my last one , finished last spring....the inlay is not my own , but i am very happy with how it cameout.........keith

Jan-17-2009, 11:42pm
sorry forgot to attach the photo....:sleepy:

Jan-17-2009, 11:49pm
here is another that is a little better.....

Jan-17-2009, 11:51pm
did it again....

Jason Renzi
Jan-17-2009, 11:55pm
is there anyway someone can do a little tutorial on how inlays are done?...
i can't for the life of me figure out how in heck people do this...

Jason Renzi
Jan-20-2009, 6:47pm
actually, i'd really like to learn how to do this kind of work myself...
does anyone recommend a published resource that has a good technique?...

Jan-20-2009, 9:04pm
Depending on your skill level, the intricacies go up, up, up but from what I understand, you plan yout your inlay, you cut the pieces of material (abalone, pearl, wood, turquoise, etc out. You use your dremel and route out the peghead after laying out your template on the wood. You then glue in the pieces just above flush. You fill in the gaps with a mixture of glue and wood powder the same color then you sand it down flush and finish the peghead. For an extra challenge you use silver wire too as in a torch and wire headstock inlay.

There are many sources for precut shapes in a variety of media. Tastefully cut and inlaid designs are as much a work of art and time consuming as building the box!


Jan-20-2009, 9:44pm
I sold my mando with vine inlays and I'm sooooo happy. When I went to bluegrass festivals at night I couldn't see the frets b/c there were no dots, just vines!!!!!!!!

I would never get a fancy fret board again. Not to mention, it's hard to watch other peoples fingers and see what they're doing if they have fancy frets.

I like dots.

Jan-20-2009, 10:51pm
Dots are nice, But I LOVE Block Fingerboard inlay :)

Jan-21-2009, 10:10am
blocks or dots are cool. Just something to make it easy to know where you are. Probably just me... Doesnt help if you've had a couple beers too.

Jan-31-2009, 2:59pm
Found the pic of my 1980s Alvarez A900 and scanned the fingerboard. not as fancy as many of the others posted,but not bad.