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Thread: I've noticed . .

  1. #1
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    Question I've noticed . .

    Something that drew me to EBMM guitars was the smaller inlay dots. I've always disliked the standard fret marker size to me they are huge, take a target drawing me away from the instrument and causing me to focus on that. I'm sure it's just me, but I'm wondering what other think?

    Most of the newer instruments, starting with the Alert Lee HH I do believe has the standard (aka larger dot) fret markers. I notice that the Stingray and Cutlass do as well. Is this a shift for EBMM I wonder?

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    My Starry Night Cutlass has NO fret dots on the ebony fretboard, which I absolutely love. It just looks so sleek.
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    I totally agree with you Glenn. I much prefer the small dots.
    They are(were) just another part of the EBMM identity and yes, I do find the larger ones distracting.
    I can appreciate that there are probably a lot of people who may have complained and prefer the larger dots, and that maybe the new retro modern guitars might call for them, but I'd love to see a Cutlass HSS with small dots.
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    As long as the dots on the side of the neck are there, I'm good. I've got guitars with small dots, large dots, no dots, blocks, shark fins, shields, so I clearly don't have a strong preference. In general, I think I like the smaller ones, though, unless they're some sort of pearloid or abalone, in which case I want them bigger.
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    Yah but that was a special run, so that's understandable. The Armanda have the shell inlay, but I'm just talking about the standard inlay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fogman View Post
    I totally agree with you Glenn. I much prefer the small dots.
    They are(were) just another part of the EBMM identity and yes, I do find the larger ones distracting.
    I can appreciate that there are probably a lot of people who may have complained and prefer the larger dots, and that maybe the new retro modern guitars might call for them, but I'd love to see a Cutlass HSS with small dots.
    Totally agree with you less, or even an AL HH.

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    I prefer the smaller dots as well.

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    I prefer the smaller dots. Sometimes I look at them and think "wow, it's 80s all over again" but then I get over it. Classy as all hell.
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    Small dots for me, yes!

    Or birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eilif View Post
    Small dots for me, yes!

    Or birds.

    Dang, did I say that out loud? I'm going to get kicked off here, aren't I?
    Hahahahaha, probably not you didn't say moons.

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    The larger dots don't bother me at all. I now have two EBMM's and one has the smaller dots and one the larger. I didn't even notice until I saw this poll and turned around and looked at my guitars .
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    While I don't mind the larger dots, I fell in love with the smaller dots. EBMM did a lot of innovative things when they built their first guitars and that was one of the distinguishing features that was eye catching. Especially since just about every single maple neck in those early years was highly figured. The smaller dots let the wood show. I'm glad that the original lineup of Al SSS, Axis, Luke and Silhouette still have them.
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    I'm a larger dots man myself - i like the presence they have on the fretboard. I don't necessarily need them at all - i was surprised to find i had no problem playing a starry night i tried that had none - i just like them
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    Same here. Once I noticed the small dots - that was long before I bought my first EBMM - I really loved them. First time I realized that there are models with bigger dots was when my reflex arrived. I totally prefer the small ones.
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