Filling in fret cuts

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  1. Billnchristy

    Billnchristy Tele-Afflicted

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    I've got a couple necks I will probably never put frets on and I'd like to take one and make it a slide guitar neck. The fret cuts are already there so I would like to fill them with something light colored so you can still see the separations. What material to use? Some shim stock maybe? Seems it would be a PITA to cut strips that small though. Epoxy?

    I'm sure it's been done before so please, enlighten me.
     
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    I've used strips of brass shim stock or strips of plastic glued in with either epoxy or super glue. I've also just used epoxy, but you've got to be careful not to get it all over the place.
     
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    I bought a used guitar the previous owner was curious about playing fretless and had ripped out the frets and filled the slots with wood putty. It worked for that and the color was set off different so you could see the lines.

    Since I've tried fretless before and didn't like it I used a fret saw and cleaned out the wood putty to install stainless steel frets. The putty came out easily for the fret job but worked for the fretless style. So I'd recommend using that to fill. If you put metal or glue in other wood or epoxy then it will be a PITA to get accurate fret slots again -- it may not be you but the next guy that wants the guitar with frets.

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    Timber mate followed with superglue would work well. Or acrylic powder Jim-jammed in and flooded with superglue and sanded back.
     
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    I've used a two part epoxy to make a fretboard fretless. Filled the slots, then sanded. I would never do it just to play slide, since a smooth fingerboard isn't needed to play slide, and because I fret behind and in front of the slide to change chords to minor or suspended. My fretless guitar is my last choice for slide.
     
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    Jim Jammed? Is that a technical term? :lol:
     
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    I was thinking more like a lap-steel hybrid
     
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    buy ya a sheet of some veneer.. off Ebay is fine... the thin stuff's 1/25 thick... as are the fret slots... stick it in there., drop a little CA on it... sand the whole thing flat... done...

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    If you have any wood around that is the color you’d like you could always mix you up a little sawdust and CA putty to fill the grooves and sand flush
     
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    You can do the sawdust trick with the epoxy too. I've used the 5 minute stuff for this type of application with success.
     
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    wood putty is the simple way
     
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    Wood veneer works for me. I used that to mark 'frets' on a lap steel I built a few years ago.
     
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    Wood veneer will give you the sharpest line, whereas any kind of putty or dust filler will conform to any irregularities in the fret slots. OP didn't mention if there were frets in there and removed, which would leave little jags from the barbs.
     
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    buy ya a sheet of some veneer.. off Ebay is fine... the thin stuff's 1/25 thick... as are the fret slots... stick it in there., drop a little CA on it... sand the whole thing flat... done...


    This is what I've done on probably 10 or more lap steels. You can buy Birch in a roll at most wood stores. Fits fret slots perfectly.
     
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    I will try the veneer, it seems like it would be cleanest.

    There were never frets installed as far as I can see.
     
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