Custom 50's style Flying V

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    I put the stripes in the fretboard with some acetone then scraped and sanded them smooth. image.jpeg
    Then I cut the fret slots again. image.jpeg
    Next will be side markers and then I can fret it.
     
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    Let us know how it will going to end! I like a lot your building!
     
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    stewmac. I had to laminate it myself.
     
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    Keep watching, thanks.
     
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    Stunning fretboard, never seen one with the grey figuring before.
     
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    Me either, but I think it's because you always see them stained black already. I think it looks nice without stain.
     
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    I got up this morning and decided to try to use my binding laminator. I did the two smaller bindings and it went well. I hung it to dry and also made a short piece for the headstock. image.jpeg
     
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    While that dried I moved onto the side markers for the fretboard. image.jpeg image.jpeg
    That went well too, no problems.
     
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    Everything was going smoothly so onto hammering the frets.
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    The first one went in fine. The next three frets wouldn't seat right and the ends wouldn't stay down it was a mess. image.jpeg
    I don't know if the little strip of binding area didn't have enough give or the slot was too tight whatever the case it's time for a do over. I removed the frets except for the last one and checked out what was going on. image.jpeg
    I couldn't come to a good conclusion but when I compared these frets to leftover other frets the tang is very thick. I removed the last fret and widened the slots with a thicker blade. The barbs won't catch very well now so I'll glue them too.
     
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    I guess I should have paid more attention to the tang size when I ordered these prebent frets. Live and Lear I suppose. Here is the widened fret slots on the right vs the original on the left. image.jpeg
     
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    It took a good part of the day to get back on track but it is going much better now. image.jpeg
    I rubbed the brush from the fish glue along the bottom of the tang for the frets instead of dripping it into the slots, it seemed to keep the mess down. image.jpeg
    I put a dab of glue on a piece of wood so I can tell when it's dry. Then I will trim, bevel and make the ends nice. image.jpeg
     
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    I trimmed the fret ends and need to do some filing but it looks pretty good. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    I just wanted to get an idea of how thinks we're shaping up. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    Really looking great.

    I love it when I read something, a technique or something that I do all the time in one of these build threads. I always brush a dab of glue on a piece of wood, plastic or cardboard whenever I'm gluing something. I've probably been doing that since the early 90's. I haven't a clue as to where I picked up that trick but it saves any guess work.

    I'm going to build myself a neck one of these days and it'll have binding or a binding strip so this stuff is invaluable.
     
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    Your build is looking great. You need to use that sign for a Resonator Guitar build or use it as a pickguard on something.
     
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    Thank you. I think I started doing the glue thing when I started using Hyde glue. I had an old batch that had lost its stick and tried to glue something and it came apart. Now, especially with animal glues I usually put a generous dab somewhere to see when it dries. It works well.
     
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    It's got possibilities!
     
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    I shaped the two plus of binding that I made the other day. I used a heat gun and small flat head screwdriver to coax it around some of the sharp turns. I'll let it cool off and then glue it in place soon. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    I did the same for the headstock but it will be in 3 pieces. I will cut an angle in the pieces so there is a nice sharp edge. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
    And it will tie in nicely with the fretboard stripes. image.jpeg
     
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    Liking those details, its looking good.
    This guitar is pointy but not pointy enough to compete with Vlad!
     
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