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Senior Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 456
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 - 8:42 am:   Edit Post

What are the position markers on the side of the finger board made of??? The markers on my Orion have nearly faded away (or was this perhaps intentional?). Is there any way to "refresh" them?
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1505
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

On my Orion they are aluminum. Have you tried buffing them with a little lemon oil on a rag?

Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2410
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

They used to be brass, I think they changed to aluminium just a couple of years ago.
Username: nnek

Post Number: 22
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

My series1 from 1975 has silver markers (they do tarnish to black so the aluminum would be an upgrade over polishing)
Username: mica

Post Number: 6589
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

I don't have an exact record of the date, but the side dots have been inlaid aluminum for at least 12 years. Prior to that (and still on special request) they were bronze.

Since the edge of the fingerboard is not finished, you can either a fine sandpaper or the extrafine sctochbrite and remove the surface tarnish. Then a drop of lemon oil on the edge of teh fingerboard will restore the Ebony's dark color.
Username: josh_emmons

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:10 pm:   Edit Post

Some times aluminum, or brass.

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