Jedson Les Paul copy inlay re-set

Jedson Les Paul raised inlay

When doing a general setup and fettle of this 70s Les Paul copy, I noticed that a couple of the inlays were standing proud of the fretboard.

Jedson Les Paul raised inlay

Jedson Les Paul raised inlay

This is a common problem with these old guitars – the celluloid shrinks, warps and comes unstuck. You can see that they were never a good fit and were propped up by slivers of rosewood. Notice the grain on the fillets is going cross-ways.

Jedson Les Paul removed inlays

Jedson Les Paul removed inlays

I scraped the rosewood off the back of the inlays and used a domestic iron to flatten them best I could. I then set them into the fretboard with some epoxy resin.

Once the epoxy had set, I filed, scraped and sanded the inlays flush with the fretboard which I oiled for a great finish.

Jedson Les Paul replaced inlays

Jedson Les Paul replaced inlays

Despite its age and humble origins  the guitar was surprisingly well put together and played pretty well after the setup!

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