|Block Inlay noun \ˈbläk ˌin-ˈlā\
00:47"Block Inlay" refers to a pattern of inlaid fret position markers popularized by Gibson starting around 1930. The blocks are large rectangular inlays of mother of pearl or celluloid.
A number of Gibson guitars and mandolins went through various production and model changes over the years. One of the significant and easily observed changes was the "block inlay" pattern that replaced the "dot neck" of previous years. Each instrument and model has its own history, and the significance and dates of the inlay changes will vary greatly.
This inlay pattern is also seen outside the Guitar and Mandolin Families and is also frequently copied, seen in other makers' instruments and designs.
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