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 Post subject: Serial Number Branding?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:26 pm 
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What do you all use to burn your model/serial numbers into your neck/tail blocks? I've seen a few ideas online, but they are way too expensive for my wallet! I'm not quite at the point of having a fancy custom branding iron made, yet I'd really like to stop using this rubber stamp that puts extra marks everywhere :-/ Thanks!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:44 am 
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Short of a branding iron, the best bet is probably number/letter stamps. 3/16" may be about right for a serial number. I've got a set of 1/4" numbers, and they are okay but a bit large.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:02 am 
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I use a number punch and I've created labels which note my model numbers and serial numbers.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:52 am 
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I use a number punch

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:17 pm 
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Thanks! I have a set of small leather punches. I tried to heat them up...and they melted :-/ Do you put ink on them first? Or just leave them as indents?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:52 pm 
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Just indents.

Here is 2016 stamped with 1/4" high stamps. I notice that because of shadow weirdness or something, you can make the numbers look as though they are raised up instead of indented. They aren't.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:56 am 
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You can stamp the neck block (before you install it), ink the numbers, then sand the surface to get rid of stray color.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:17 pm 
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My first few guitars I just used a sharpie. Not necessarily very fancy but it definately identifies your guitar as unique. Later when I built professionally I bought the "high dollar" custom branding iron.
George


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