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    Question Advice on making side fret marker dots more visible (EVH Wolfgang STD)

    Never thought it would get to this point, but I have had an unusually hard time seeing the top fret marker dots on my Wolfgang with baked maple neck. The dots are black, so when combined with an unusually dark-baked neck, I'm having a harder time than I should. I have always liked to play in a darkened room, as well.

    Any advice as to how I can modify them, or boost the visibility. I know I'm getting older every day, but c'mon. I don't even wear glasses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATONESIR View Post
    Never thought it would get to this point, but I have had an unusually hard time seeing the top fret marker dots on my Wolfgang with baked maple neck. The dots are black, so when combined with an unusually dark-baked neck, I'm having a harder time than I should. I have always liked to play in a darkened room, as well.

    Any advice as to how I can modify them, or boost the visibility. I know I'm getting older every day, but c'mon. I don't even wear glasses!
    I wouldn't permanently alter the neck in anyway.

    Only things I can think of would be tiny pieces of white tape or perhaps very little dabs of white-out or liquid paper over the dots. I believe that stuff can be removed, if necessary.

    Or if I'm being a total dick, my answer would be just play more.
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    I know a guy who has the same problem, he puts bright colored yellow stickers on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    I wouldn't permanently alter the neck in anyway.

    Only things I can think of would be tiny pieces of white tape or perhaps very little dabs of white-out or liquid paper over the dots. I believe that stuff can be removed, if necessary.

    Or if I'm being a total dick, my answer would be just play more.
    Yep when you play enough you don't need no stinking dots.

    I'd currently need bright dots for my lack of playing.

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    I think when you are playing live and interacting with the crowd, you can lose your place on the fretboard, it helps to have the dots there.

    I can remember seeing Geddy Lee having different colored stickers on his keyboard keys, and it was for him to be able to quickly find a starting hand position on the keyboard while playing live.

    If Geddy Lee does it, anyone can feel ok doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD 5150 View Post
    Yep when you play enough you don't need no stinking dots.
    40 years of playing enough for you pros?

    Thanks for all the amazing tips, I guess.

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    Thank you. I'll give it a go but I was thinking of micro-drilling and inserting some glow in the dark cylinders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATONESIR View Post
    40 years of playing enough for you pros?

    Thanks for all the amazing tips, I guess.
    Personally, I was being jokingly facetious at the end of my post there. I didn’t mean any ill will by what I said.


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    I have the same problem with my baked maple neck, also when I’m playing by the campfire at night. Just can’t find the dots. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Personally, I was being jokingly facetious at the end of my post there. I didn’t mean any ill will by what I said.


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    Take some advice from an old man, sarcasm doesn't always come across in written form.

    A smiley face or a wink goes a long way in a post.

    Dickhead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    I have the same problem with my baked maple neck, also when I’m playing by the campfire at night. Just can’t find the dots. Lol
    Sounds to me like you should sit very close to the fire, then lean in with your face. Try that and report back. /s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Take some advice from an old man, sarcasm doesn't always come across in written form.

    A smiley face or a wink goes a long way in a post.

    Dickhead.


    Or...

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    Duly noted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Duly noted.

    I put a winky face in my original post, though.
    Oh, well, fuck him.

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