How does everyone do this?  Ink?  Pen?  Label?  How do you code information?

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My brother-in-law made me a K branding iron .I brand the head of the guitar. K for kilpatrick

personally I use my masters mark  (for jewelry work)


Unless they ask me to sign somewhere visible, I sign and number on the inside of the box.


I put a label inside the guitar visible thru my F holes, just like the big guys do. If I remember I sign and date the neck thru inside the box, in case someone opens it up in the future.
Usually I sign and # the back of box w/ super permanent marker then clear over it.Looking to create a sound hole that doubles as a logo to use on all my builds for that signature look.

Last one had no sound holes to put a label in back of.  Ended up signing the inside of the access plate with a new, never-before used, fine-point Sharpie.  I've got dip pens, which would be even better, but no one sells India ink anymore.

You can get india ink at any good art store, but a good art store is getting harder to find these days.

Chuck Dubman said:

Last one had no sound holes to put a label in back of.  Ended up signing the inside of the access plate with a new, never-before used, fine-point Sharpie.  I've got dip pens, which would be even better, but no one sells India ink anymore.

if you look a lot of stringed instruments of all kinds, including real old violins and banjos etc, you'll see luthiers have a tradition of labelling inside their builds with their name, city and year..  as the guys say, if theres a soundhole you'll usually be able to see it thru there..

also, in a lot of old violins the handwriting is really really beautiful, i suspect maybe a lot of em had the labels written out by someone in the profession of doing pretty calligraphy..  Maybe im wrong tho and ppl all just had nicer handwriting 3 and so generations ago

I printed some labels on the computer, number them, and stick one on the back where it can be seen through the sound hole

There are many different way to sign one work.....I was thinking of uses a rubber stamp and clear coat it on the back of the box.....

I laser engrave my brand inside the box next to T. Harris and put the month and year completed in ink next to my brand.

You can just seen the brand through the sound hole on these ukes. I thought it looked pretty cool

I'm not a professional guitar builder, but  in the last 20 years i buyed 5 violins for my son.  I agree with The Phrigian Kid, nothing is most beautiful and professional of an hand written paper  using a stylographic fountain pen.  But also a laser engraving is a smart idea, it testify forever ho has builded.  As a buyer, having the two can be the best. An handwritten paper is a fact of love, an engraving is a guarantee.


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