Guitar Pin Materials
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Guitar Pin Materials
1) North American Cattle Bone.
It is best to replace softer guitar pins, those made of wood or plastic, with harder natural materials such as bone or ivory. These denser materials increase brightness and clarity in your instrument. Bone and ivory pins are for musicians seeking a brighter and clearer sound from their instrument. The bone pins are less costly than the ivories and yet they will yield the same significant acoustical improvements to your instrument as those more expensive materials.
Our bone is an off white color - usually an eggshell white, and is very attractive with a high polish. We can sell and ship this material anywhere on this planet.
If you want vintage bone that has an old time amber color look to it then just purchase the bone set that fits your make/model and then email us through our contact page to let us know you want your set made of vintage bone. We have just been too busy to develop a web page devoted to vintage bone but we do have this beautiful material.
2) Ancient Fossil Mammoth Ivory (FMI).
Unearthed in the great north this is real ivory from tusks of the ancient hairy wooly mammoth. Pins made from this denser material will improve the acoustical properties of guitars over softer materials such as plastic or wood. You will hear an increase in brightness and clarity by moving from wood or plastic and going to bone or any ivory. FMI is an almond colored ivory that is 20,000 years old. It usually has the color of an almond colored light switch.
This material is legal to sell and ship anywhere on this planet except NY and NJ. For our foreign customers, these are two states within our nation that thought they should make this ancient fossil material illegal. They must have felt a need to protect this extinct specie.
1) Black Dot Inlays.
Black dot inlays are the industry standard and are by far the most popular. We use 3 mm dots in the bridge pins and 4 mm dots in the strap buttons and end pins. Our black inlay dots are available for sale by themselves on our "Specials" page at the bottom of our main menu bar.
2) Faux Tortoise Dot Inlays.
Our faux material inlay dots look just like real tortoise but can sell and ship anywhere on the planet. Our faux tortoise inlay dots are available by themselves on our "Specials" page at the bottom of our main menu bar.
3) Abalone Pearl Dot Inlays.
We use real abalone pearl for our inlay dots. We ship these only to US customers. By law the material can ship anywhere in the world but the US government requires a permit for each individual shipment regardless of shipment size. The permit takes 2 to 3 months to obtain and costs $ 90 per shipment ! Needless to say, we do not ship our abalone dot pins outside the 50 states.
4) African Padauk Wood Dot Inlays
Our padauk wood dots are real padauk wood. This is a west African hardwood with a reddish orange color and is a favorite among many guitarists. It has the look of tortoise, but is usually a shade or two lighter and has wood grain. See photos below.
Bridge Pins → End Pins → Strap Buttons →