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Spartan Inlay


Custom Fretboard Inlay


Give your guitar a new lease of life! Deadlight Designs proudly specialises in custom fretboard inlay, transforming a bland exsisting fretboard into a unique piece of artwork.


A wide assortment of materials are carefully selected to create a unique inlay design. The array of materials to choose from can be wood, Rosewood, bocote rosewood, ebony, zebrano, purpleheart and most burr woods such as walnut and maple. Bone, natural shell, acrylics and some metals.


Design options are endless, therefore are quoted individually. Please contact Deadlight Designs to discuss your chosen design, colour scheme and choice of materials, all of which are open for discussion during the design stage.

If you would like us to design a unique design of your choice, there is a £25.00 fee for this design stage.

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Alien V


Deadlights Designs most intricate inlay design to date. The Giger inspired, 'Alien V'  inlayed with over 300 pieces of individually hand cut mother of pearl, black pearl, freshwater pearl, abelone and paua. All pieces are approximately 2mm in thickness and engraved to enhance the spectacular detail within this graphic inlay design.



Man To Wolf


A beautiful custom built mahogony neck, finished with  the 'Man To Wolf' detailed inlay. This comissioned piece was inspired by James Hetfield of Metallica. It showcases the beauty of hand cut, natural white mother of pearl, set into a gabon ebony fretboard.



2.ESP neck 014 Jackson replacement custom neck by Deadlight Desig


Black Pearl


Here we have a custom built Jackson replacement 24 fret maple neck. The beautiful black pearl inlay with a border set into a hardrock maple fingerboard. Super slim neck profile with a compound radius fretboard.


Ebony sharkfin fretboard inlay by Deadlight Design Jazz bass replacement neck by Deadlight Designs


Ebony Sharkfin


Ebony sharkfin inlay set into an afromosian fretboard for a seven string custom build.

Only the blackest of ebony pieces used for this neck to contrast against the pale fretboard timber.

A five piece neck construction with dual way truss rod and stainless steel fretwire.




Classic Block Mop


Custom built replacement jazz bass neck built by luthier Rob Jupp.

Featuring solid slab real mother of pearl blocks, polished to a mirror shine, set into an indian rosewood bound fretboard.

The headstock and neck were finished in a vintage amber nitrocellulose with an reproduction Fender decal.




Zombie ( Walkers )


Cut from 100% real Mother of Pearl, each character has been hand cut and inlaid.

A close up Zombie made from Abelone & Pearl adorns the 11th, 12th & 13th frets.



Cockroach inlay by Deadlight Designs




Alternatively a smaller inlay can be produced as seen here.

Cut from Mother of Pearl, Abelone and Black pearl this particular inlay was set into Ebony at the 10th to 15th frets.



Gibson inlay


Gibson Crown inlay


Vintage Crowns cut from beautiful Gold Mother of Pearl.

A classic inlay design, perfect for any Gibson type guitar.

Set into any ebony or Rosewood fretboard this would look equisite!

Colour matched for continuety, these inlay sets would make any fretboard look 'fabulous!'

Metallica inlay


Metallica Symbol inlay


Cut from Mother of Pearl these graduating star symbols were set into a Rosewood fretboard.

A winged symbol adorns the twelve fret.

Any material can be used for this type of design including metal.



Tree of Life inlay


This Organic type of plant like inlay is usually to be found on the more pricey of Ibanez's range of electric guitars.

This design can be produced in a variety of materials and colour options.



Deadlight Designs will do its best to produce most inlay designs for the customer.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss a particular inlay design,


Please feel free to contact us using the button directly beneath this.


Thank you. DD

Contact us Budgie fretboard


Budgie Tribute inlay


Scalloped frets with Mother of Pearl stars, 12th fret Space Budgie in Abelone and Pearl.

Abelone Letters mark the lower fret positions.

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Spartan 12th fret Inlay


Abelone and Mother of Pearl custom inlay design, flames behind a Spartan warriors helmet.

Set into an Gabon Ebony fretboard.

Ibanez inlay


Ibanez fretboard inlay


Deadlight Designs can supply and fit any Ibanez fretboard inlay design to any type of standard fretboard.

Some of these are available as Pearloid kits, some have to be made from scratch.

A variety of colours and materials are available, please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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