I don't have a problem with people using them, I just think it's cheesy.
I don't really understand how it's different from changing the knobs on your guitar to a different colour.
I got society's blood running down my face...
The direct analogy to replacing a knob would be popping out the old inlay, routing the fretboard, and glueing in a new one. I think that's totally cool if you're willing to go through that much trouble.
It also makes me think of this bit from Archer:
Pam (obese HR lady): "I'll have sex with you!"
some guy: "No thanks."
Pam: "Come on! I won't tell! Nobody will ever know."
some guy: "Yeah ... I'd know."
That's the thing about these stickers. Someone could look at them and think they're real inlays. Someone might even not know the difference if they looked up close. But I would know it's a sticker, and that would always bug me.
You get 'em, you try 'em and if you hate 'em, you change 'em...If only everything in life was so simple!
I'd MUCH rather look at some cool fake cross inlays than another bland fretboard with those stupid plain white dots! And, truth be told, 99% of us wouldn't spot the difference between inlays and decals from just a few feet away!
The funny thing is: I don't hear anyone complaining about the fake abalone decals used on Japanese and USA Fender headstocks! No one says "Oh, that $1200 Fender Strat has a sticker on it...I can't play that". And, maybe the sticker snobs can explain to me why mid-'90s Fender "Foto-Flame" models (where the whole neck and top of the body is one big cleared-over decal with an image of fancy wood printed on it) somehow command more than the plain wood versions of the same models from the same period?
No one raises an eyebrow to decals on any other part of the guitar as long as it looks good! Would there be a better reception among this crowd if players clear-coated their fancy fingerboard decals to match?
Speak of the devil...a Fender Foto-Flame just popped up in the Trading Post!
Last edited by masta' c; 02-16-2012 at 03:44 PM.
I'm going to buy some and put them on the bodies of my guitars.
Look if you like them that's fine, but I don't. It's not even about how they look from whatever distance away, it's that it's some fake-assed stickers trying to look like guitar bling.
The guy who equated them to K-mart plastic push-on spinner rims was right on the money. It's a cheap-jack way of trying to look like your sh1t is nicer than it actually is.
And I don't care if other dudes want to use them because they just like the look- fine - but I never would because I'd feel like a poser.
Just cheesy, man. That's my opinion.
If I lived in the USA, I would just have saved up for a USA made Hamer Sunburst. Same as I would have bought a Les Paul Standard instead of a Studio.
You should be glad you get your guitars so much cheaper with all the "bling" already on there.
BTW thanks Kam!
Can't say they bother me one way or another. It's your guitar, do what you like with it. Would I use them myself? If I was in a shop and saw something that appealed I might, but I can't imagine going out of my way to find them, or being bothered to order them on line. I can't knock anyone for finding a way to establish a viable business though - there are much worse things than this being sold on the intarwebs....
"Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished." Isaiah 13:16
"Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." Numbers 31:17-18
For the record, I've never used them and I probably wouldn't; simply because I've never seen a guitar that looked bad because the inlays were too small. I've seen a few with those huge-ass vine of life or whatever inlays and thought to myself that the guitar would look a hell of a lot better with something more subtle, but at that point a couple of little stick on dots isn't going to ****ing help. I like dot inlays.
I was just trying to see where you were coming from. I guess I do now. Maybe the difference in our viewpoint here is that you see them as changing the appearance of the guitar to look more expensive, whereas I just see them as changing the appearance of the guitar, full stop.
Anyway, thanks for humouring me with a response.
I got society's blood running down my face...
It's more like this: inlay stickers are phoney. I have a real reverence for authenticity.
Inlay work is an art. To do it properly requires a tremendous amount of skill and an eye for design. It's incredibly delicate, detailed work.
So if someone wants to use stickers, hey, it's their money and their guitars and I have no beef. But I can't help but react, for better or worse, to the notion that it's just as good as real inlay work.. because it doesn't represent any real artistry, and I have some disdain for that for reasons I'm not able to fully articulate.
Know what I mean?