Fret slot ends: What should I fill the little gaps with?

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  1. Lordwhimsey

    Lordwhimsey TDPRI Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    What would be the best thing to fill these gaps at the end of the fret slots? My wife says glitter glue but I'm not so sure...

    I'm planning on finishing this maple neck with Tru-oil.

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. zipseattle

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    A drop of CA glue, then dab on sanding dust from the same wood?
     
  3. melomanarock

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    This is the most common fix and it works great.

    The best fix is no having to fix it at all, cutting the slots at the same depth as the tang. ;)
     
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    +1 only backwards. I press dust into slot leaving a little extra piled on top and then drip CA.
     
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    I've used the dust & glue method...but my preferred method is to use pieces of 60/40 solder fit into the space and then filled with beeswax. I've found this to work better because if you get a rapid change in humidity the brittle CA fix could crack and pop out whereas the soft metal of the solder would just conform.

    Ideally, you shouldn't need to do any of this if the depth is correct, but it's pretty easy to make an 'invisible' correction if you need to.
     
  6. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    I've heard that a change in humidity could push the frets up if you saw the slots to the exact depth as the tangs. I like to go a little deeper. Gives me a little extra room to know I got the fret completely flat against the fretboard as well.

    Sawdust and CA super glue works great for me. The glue also helps keep the ends from sprouting up later on.
     
  7. Lordwhimsey

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    Thanks guys, it sounds like superglue and sawdust is the way to go.

    Should I do it before or after the Tru-oil finish?

    I’ll have to try and track down some scrap maple to make into sawdust!
     
  8. Mike Simpson

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    The risk in putting ca glue there is if it penetrates the wood any stain and some finishes will not look the same where the glue was.
     
  9. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    You want to do it before finishing.

    Chances are that sawdust and CA won't be an exact match on a light wood like Maple once the finish is on. The glue will cause the sawdust to darken, and the glue won't let a dye penetrate it. But it won't stand out any more than a visible fret tang would.

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    It'll probably turn out something like this, which is par for the course. On rosewood and ebony boards though, it can produce a seamless result.
     
  10. Lordwhimsey

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    What about a little bit of grain filler or would that look awful?
     
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    i just stick my finger in some putty & rub it in, sand it down right after with 320 before it drys & i oil my necks right after that...never had any issues, the slot is so small the the color diff is not seen!
     
  13. Ed Miller

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    maple colored wood filler. then tint the neck
     
  14. Nick JD

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    I'd just leave them. If anyone asks ... tell them that hey are for the fretboard to breathe.

    Which is kinda true.
     
  15. Lordwhimsey

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    I like this idea best :D
     
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