Dip on sides of fretboard

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  1. frank1985

    frank1985 Tele-Meister

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    Hello people, I’ve just finished tapering and profiling my neck, but due to some overenthusiastic shoeshining, I’ve just noticed the fretboard sides dip ever so slightly towards the middle, banana shape fashion. I obviously tightened the sandpaper too much around the neck. The gaps on either side are very small (actually fractionally smaller on one side), probably less than a mm. Will this be a problem; should I sand both sides totally flat or leave as is? I’m thinking I may end up rendering the fretboard taper further out of whack if I take sandpaper to it. What’s advised? https://i.postimg.cc/3NBmF4Ww/D3-B8-A958-D00-E-44-BE-879-C-31-F26-E57-D300.jpg
     
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    I dont think that's an issue.
     
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    The problem won't be a problem so long as you cut your nut slots properly. If the E strings are too close to the ends of the nut, they may fall off the fret shoulders around 8th fret while playing.

    I'd stop right where you are with shaping the neck and chalk it up to experience. If you try to 'fix' the problem by straightening both sides, you end up with a neck that's too narrow at the heel and the nut.
     
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  4. frank1985

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    Ok i'll leave as-is. But it bothers me having this imperfection...tempted to start again with a new neck
     
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    I avoid shoe shining. It cuts fast but leaves scratches, and is not as reliable to me as sanding back and forth along the length. You can make a belt sander belt sanding block.

    This is just one way to do it. Mine is a flat block and I stuffed popsicle sticks in one end to tighten it up.


    Simple Belt Sander Blocks : 15 Steps (with Pictures) - Instructables
     
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    You’re gonna make another neck someday anyway, chalk it up to experience, finish this one and see if it causes problems when you play.
     
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    It's a classic case of "It's a problem if and only if it's a problem." I guess I'd just play it and see. I've bought guitars which seemed really flawed in some way only to forget about the "problem" after playing it for a few minutes. We adjust to stuff (or drive ourselves crazy).
     
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    I have a neck like that where if I understand correctly, the E string is closer to the end of the fret in the middle of the neck.
    I don't like it.
    A narrower nut that puts the strings oddly far in to make them just right in the middle might work for you, but there, what is the advantage of the wider neck when the strings are so close together?
    Both sides?
    Hard to really see with the hunk of wood for a straight edge.
    Making the sides of the neck straight, what nut width would that create?
    What's the nut width now?
     
  9. frank1985

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    Nut width now is 43.5mm ish

    Bridge string string spacing - 55.5mm

    I actually measured the width of each of my frets and listed them here (Column D).

    Do you think 3.5mm on either side would be ok?

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    With 1.71 nut now I'd bet going down to 1.625 which is common you could at least make the high E edge nice & straight.
     
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    You can remove the fretboard and make a new one saving the neck. Or you could bind the fretboard and taper the curve of the neck into the binding. Or you could wait and see how bad the string offset really is and whether you can live with it.

    I do very little shoe shining when I make a neck.
     
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    what is this shoe shining thing you keep talking about?
     
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    Slap it together and play it & know one will even notice.
     
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