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 on all pins. We can sell and ship this material anywhere on this planet.
Fossil walrus jawbone is unearthed in the great north by natives on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.
Pins made from this denser material will improve the acoustical properties of your guitar. This is among the densest of all the fossil materials and is as tough as nails. This is a very strong material. You will hear an increase in brightness and clarity by moving from wood or plastic and going to bone or any ivory. FWB is usually an almond or tan color with dark mineral speckles and small pores and natural micro-chips.
This material is thousands of years old and yields the look of antique-aged pins with age and character. This material is legal to sell and ship throughout the USA except to HI and NV. No international sales.
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, NJ, IL, HI, CA & NV. For our foreign customers, these are five 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.
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 unusual inlays page.
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 unusual inlays page.
We use real abalone pearl for our inlay dots.
We ship these only to US customers.
By law our abalone dot inlay pins 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.
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.