Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 32

Thread: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

  1. #1
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Several years ago I bought an engraved truss rod cover from First Quality before Bill Sullivan passed away. I've tried to get them a few times and I finally contacted the fine folks at www.custominlay.com regarding their engraving. I had already purchased a plain pearl cover from them previously. It arrived today it's excellent. If you desire one check them out.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CustomInlayTrussRodCover.jpg 
Views:	246 
Size:	376.2 KB 
ID:	178925  
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  2. The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to MikeEdgerton For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Registered User William Smith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sugar Grove,PA
    Posts
    2,536
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    That's very nice Mike! A few years ago I had Ed Weber "don't know if he still is in business" he made me a TRC in old ivory with my wife's portrait scrimshawed in and it turned out great, it took awhile and he had to redo it as he messed up but the final was superb, but he gave her glasses and she hardly wears them but still elegant and nice, I'll try and get a photo to post in my spre time-yeah right as my 2 year old is pouncing on my back and rubbing my head as I write! LoL!

  4. The following members say thank you to William Smith for this post:


  5. #3
    Lurkist dhergert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Blue Zone, California
    Posts
    1,106
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Very tastefully done Mike.

    The good news is now people know who you are when you're playing your mandolin.

    The bad news is now people know who you are when you're playing your mandolin.



    Btw, is that your 'Dola? Or are you using FlatTops (which have a wound A course)?
    -- Don

    "It is a lot more fun to make music than it is to argue about it."

    2002 Gibson F-9
    2016 MK LFSTB
    1975 Suzuki taterbug
    (plus a large assortment of banjos, dobros, guitars, basses and other noisemakers)
    [About how I tune my mandolins]
    [7/29/2019 -- New Arrival!!!]

  6. The following members say thank you to dhergert for this post:


  7. #4
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    That's the mandola. I have a similar cover on my mandolin. I was just excited to find another source for them. I bought the previous one at First Quality. FQMS was such a great resource. I just like the look.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  8. The following members say thank you to MikeEdgerton for this post:


  9. #5

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Why would I want a truss rod cover with your name on it? Looks nice though.

  10. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Marty Jacobson For This Useful Post:


  11. #6
    Lurkist dhergert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Blue Zone, California
    Posts
    1,106
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    ... FQMS was such a great resource. ...
    Yup, I don't know anyone who knew Bill who doesn't miss him. I only talked with him on the phone a few times, and I miss him. Interestingly, I can think of a number of people who are now missing from our circle and who had that affect on me.

    I only hope when I'm gone, people feel the same way about me.
    -- Don

    "It is a lot more fun to make music than it is to argue about it."

    2002 Gibson F-9
    2016 MK LFSTB
    1975 Suzuki taterbug
    (plus a large assortment of banjos, dobros, guitars, basses and other noisemakers)
    [About how I tune my mandolins]
    [7/29/2019 -- New Arrival!!!]

  12. The following members say thank you to dhergert for this post:


  13. #7
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Why would I want a truss rod cover with your name on it? Looks nice though.
    I bought a half dozen to give to my friends.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  14. The following members say thank you to MikeEdgerton for this post:


  15. #8
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Just for giggles, here's the one I gt from FQMS years ago. A little more detailed. I'm horrified that I used Phillips screws on that...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	trussrodcover.jpg 
Views:	136 
Size:	101.9 KB 
ID:	178927  
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  16. The following members say thank you to MikeEdgerton for this post:


  17. #9
    Registered User lflngpicker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    1,651
    Blog Entries
    6

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Just for giggles, here's the one I gt from FQMS years ago. A little more detailed. I'm horrified that I used Phillips screws on that...
    That is so nice, Mike! I will have to get one someday on my Ratliff R5.
    2017 Collings MT (Gloss Top, Wide Nut)
    1999 Ratliff R-5
    1913 Gibson A Oval
    1912 Gibson A Oval

  18. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to lflngpicker For This Useful Post:


  19. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Big Stone Gap, VA
    Posts
    2,046

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    I like the new one, classy.

  20. The following members say thank you to darylcrisp for this post:


  21. #11

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Why would I want a truss rod cover with your name on it? Looks nice though.
    So people don't know who you are when you play?
    Silverangel A
    Arches F style kit
    1913 Gibson A-1

  22. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Br1ck For This Useful Post:


  23. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Columbus, GA
    Posts
    1,087

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Why would I want a truss rod cover with your name on it? Looks nice though.
    Mike who???

    I have one with my first name on it but that's more for my benefit. Old age ain't for sissies.
    David Hopkins

    Breedlove Legacy FF; Breedlove Quartz FF
    Gibson F-4, (1916); Blevins Octave Mandolin, 2018
    McCormick Oval Sound Hole "Reinhardt"
    McCormick Solid Body F-Style Electric;
    Recording King Resophonic Mandolin; Slingerland Songbird Guitar (c. 1939)

    The older I get, the less tolerant I am of political correctness, incompetence and stupidity.

  24. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to DHopkins For This Useful Post:


  25. #13
    Registered User Joey Anchors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    842

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for a pearl truss rod cover for a new mandolin I got!
    2006 Draleon Royale - “Claudia”
    2016 Eastman MD404 - "Penelope”
    Pyramid - flatwounds
    EML - large triangle 2mm


    Blues Mando Social Group - member

  26. #14
    Registered User Robert Mitchell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    OCEANPORT,N.J.
    Posts
    140
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    [

    attach=config]179222[/attach] Ed Weber made this one for me. Custom Inlay Inc. will make
    and engrave a custom TRC for you,,,Excellent Shop!!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0146 ENGRAVED TRC.jpg 
Views:	57 
Size:	529.1 KB 
ID:	179222  
    MITCH

    GIBSON 2016 F9 CUSTOM
    WEBER YELLOWSTONE 2011 F5
    WEBER YELLOWSTONE 2005 F5

  27. #15
    Phil Goodson Philphool's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Statesville, NC
    Posts
    3,079

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    I just received the one I ordered from these folks. Great product.
    Only issue was that the bell was slightly too wide to fit between the two lowest tuner capstans. I had to file the edges down a little in those areas to make it fit. (Sapphire fine grit fingernail file worked well.)
    But no big problem and it turned out great looking. IMHO

    FYI: Hole distance is 1.9375" center to center. Close to 49.2mm. Unless you tell them otherwise.
    Last edited by Philphool; Aug-23-2019 at 8:50am. Reason: spelling
    Phil

    “Sharps/Flats” “Accidentals”

  28. The following members say thank you to Philphool for this post:


  29. #16
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Phil, how about a picture?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  30. #17
    Phil Goodson Philphool's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Statesville, NC
    Posts
    3,079

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Phil, how about a picture?
    Okay, but they're terrible from my tablet:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TRC-horiz2.jpg 
Views:	54 
Size:	372.4 KB 
ID:	179228

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TRC-uprt.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	349.6 KB 
ID:	179230
    Looks better in person.
    Phil

    “Sharps/Flats” “Accidentals”

  31. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Philphool For This Useful Post:


  32. #18
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    I get the gist, it looks good!
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  33. #19
    coprolite mandroid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Outer Spiral Arm, of Galaxy, NW Oregon.
    Posts
    15,737

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    thinking use your web address to advertise the business part of your music...

    writing about music
    is like dancing,
    about architecture

  34. #20
    Registered User Buck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    KY
    Posts
    313

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Mike, this brought back fond memories of FQMS. Bill Sullivan engraved this one for me back when their "warehouse" was his basement.

    Todd Yates

  35. The following members say thank you to Buck for this post:


  36. #21
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    That looks great Todd. FQMS had that double line font. Really nice.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  37. #22
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Va
    Posts
    2,441

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Just for giggles, here's the one I gt from FQMS years ago. A little more detailed. I'm horrified that I used Phillips screws on that...
    Stupid question-- what's wrong with Phillips screws?

  38. #23
    Registered User Joey Anchors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    842

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandoplumb View Post
    Stupid question-- what's wrong with Phillips screws?
    They are ugly.
    2006 Draleon Royale - “Claudia”
    2016 Eastman MD404 - "Penelope”
    Pyramid - flatwounds
    EML - large triangle 2mm


    Blues Mando Social Group - member

  39. #24
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,576

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandoplumb View Post
    Stupid question-- what's wrong with Phillips screws?
    It's not a stupid question. I tend to want to make my mandolins (and guitars) that are supposed to look like vintage instruments look like vintage instruments. Henry Phillips developed the Phillips head screw in the 30's. It took years before it was used in the stringed musical instrument industry on a large scale. I like that vintage look so I try to keep all of the screws I use on these instruments as slot heads. In the last two weeks I've been rebuilding a 1969 Japanese guitar model that I owned when I was 18. Not a single slot head screw on that one and I don't intend to change them.

    Somewhere here there's a thread about my search for slot head screws to replace the screws on a set of Gotoh tuners. I like the way they look better with the slot head screws. Roger Siminoff sold a set with slot heads and hand burnishing for a premium years back. Waverly tuners come with slot head screws. They understand that market.

    When I find new old stock nickel plated and brass screws that are round head with the slot drive I buy them. I keep a supply of the screws available from Stewmac on hand. I'm surprised I never changed the screws on the mandolin but next string change I will.

    It's just about the look and nothing more.
    Last edited by MikeEdgerton; Aug-24-2019 at 8:54am. Reason: Fixed typo
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  40. The following members say thank you to MikeEdgerton for this post:


  41. #25
    Registered User William Smith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sugar Grove,PA
    Posts
    2,536
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    OK I finally had some time, here is my 30's F-7 conversion with a very nice scrimshaw type ivory "fossilized" TRC by Ed Weber he did of a photo of my wife, I think it turned out fantastic!


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN3617.jpg 
Views:	54 
Size:	1.21 MB 
ID:	179246

  42. The following members say thank you to William Smith for this post:


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •