Guitar Inlay with CA Glue

A guitar inlay is a set of decorative materials that is fixed on the surface of the guitar or other fretted instruments. These decorative materials are secured using the standard inlay procedures and with the help of a cyanoacrylate adhesive. Inlays are often placed on the fretboard, guitar neck, headstock, and at the guitar’s back. A cyanoacrylate adhesive is a term that refers to fast-acting glue. Inlay on guitars is most common on the headstock, which is the topmost part of the guitar that holds the instrument's strings and has knobs pegs for adjusting and tuning the tension of the strings. Furthermore, inlay on guitars can also be found on the fretboard which is among the vital parts of most stringed instruments as this is the part used to change the tonal pitch by varying the vibrating length. Inlays are secured by using cyanoacrylate glue which is a strong and fast acting adhesive that ensures the inlays are firmly secured to the guitar.

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The best adhesive to use when adding inlays to a guitar should leave no adhesive after you peel off the inlay. It should also be applied in a thin layer so that the inlays do not stick onto the hands of the musician as he/she plays the instrument. The inlay, as well as the adhesive used, should not affect the quality of sound or bring damage to the stringed instrument. Inlays can take the form of many materials such as wrapper stickers, clay, gemstones, wood, plastic, shells and luminlay. Most of these materials easily bond with the cyanoacrylate adhesive to firmly secure the inlays in place. Inlays also come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they can take the form of the company logo, an eagle, flower, skull, diamond, rose, or any visual presentation that appeals the owner of the stringed instrument.

Cyanoacrylate adhesive works by bonding smooth surfaces together in the presence of moisture at an instant. It is because of this characteristic that cyanoacrylate adhesive is used in gluing together inlays to the guitar. This type of adhesive is also used because reversing the bonding process is easy if you have acetone that dissolves the glue thus releasing the bonded parts. One can also use acetone to remove any residues of adhesive on the guitar and thus get rid of that sticky feeling. Cyanoacrylate adhesives are present in different forms ranging from high to medium and low viscous forms. For securing inlays in a guitar, it is often recommended to use the low viscosity adhesive in order to leave a very thin film between the inlay and the surface of the guitar.

Guitar inlays are often used by of guitar owners to express their own sense of style and beauty. Some, however, prefer the original clean look of a fretboard, but for those who desire to add inlays to their guitars, cyanoacrylate adhesive or fast acting instant glue is the way to go for in providing a firm and secure inlay that will not obstruct or hinder the musician as he or she plays a guitar or any other stringed instruments.