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Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:07 am
by danielgeecee
Picked up a Bolt-on neck Carvin Kit Guitar, probably a GK1 Kit form the early to mid '90s.. Could be later, not sure..

A few of the mother of pearl inlays are a little crooked, meaning slightly out of alignment with the nearest fret.

This is only aesthetic, of course, but my question is; Is that not unusual for some of these Carvin necks(?)
Reason I ask, is to hopefully determine if the inlay job was done after-purchase..

The M.O.P looks good, seems to be genuine, but the mis-alignment made me suspect an after purchase inlay job.

Was this inlay choice even an option when buying a Bolt kit? My guess is that yes, it was.. Maybe not early-on, but late '90's maybe? They seemed to have several ornamental options. Any thoughts, anyone?

Will post pictures tomorrow, it's kinda late now.

Thanks so much, any educated input appreciated.

Re: Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:20 am
by texastoast
I doubt that it was done in the factory. The routes for the inlays are done on a cnc machine. I do not recall ever seeing a crooked inlay before. Anything is possible. But I would be willing to bet money on it being done elsewhere.

Re: Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:40 am
by danielgeecee
Thanks, Texas, I appreciate your input.. Pictures I mentioned are below..

Any thoughts on the wood(?)

I know that, in '97 anyway, they seemed to be offering only Alder on the GK1.. (Or at least the museum does't show an option to click on)
http://www.carvinmuseum.com/decade/imag ... parts.html

So, I'm guessing someone stained body and neck, and that this is alder body, with maple neck, and ebony fb. (No question it's ebony)

Hey, thanks again, so much.. Pictures if interested..

Re: Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:38 am
by Jack'O'Licious
Ere you sure those aren't MOP stickers? They look sloppy enough lol. No offense.

Re: Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:45 am
by spudmunkey
I was thinking the same thing, actually.

Re: Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:10 pm
by danielgeecee
Definitely not.. Looked closely at, and felt surface.. Just didn't notice they were slightly askew, til I got it home and removed strings..

It's a nice smooth install, feels normal, with high quality m.o.p.

Price was well below fair asking price, one owner, local person, but I'd probably prefer it did not have this alteration..

Re: Mother Of Pearl Inlays-Bolt On Neck 1990's

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:38 am
by ToneWood
FWIW, I had a '69 Gibson Johnny Smith with split blocks that weren't all lined up correctly. Being kinda ocd, it always annoyed me when I looked at it.