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Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by stijnkenens, Mar 14, 2012.
There's definitely and air of brilliance about this guitar
How to cut a multiscale fretboard By hand ...
I love the "newtherapist" way, but for now I still do it by hand ...
How do I start...
I have 3 fret positions marked on the neck mould.
Zero fret (start / nut) 7th fret (perpendicular fret) 12th fret (halfway the stringlength)
I put the fretboard on the mould and draw the fret marks on it:
Then I mark the outer strings (3mm from the side at the nut and 4 at the 12th)
With the ruler in place (zero 7th and 12th as a reference)
I print out the 2 scales for treble and bass at the stew mac site:
And point out the fret positions on both sides of the fretboard:
After that I connect the 2 points:
And cut by hand, with a support, which you put on the perfect spot with some light hammer blows:
Until teeth depth:
Do it for all the frets, so the outer teeth of the saw are on both sides of the pencil line.
Just for the nut you have to cut between the lines.
Just for the looks of it: even the nut is fanned ...
Fanned frets are cool.
But unless my eyes are mistaken or the photos in some way are misleading, I think something is wrong with your first fret. It seems to have almost the same distance to the second fret all the way, while it is much closer to the nut at one side compared to the other.
Or to put it another way: I looks like there is no fanning of the frets from fret 1 to fret 2.
And BTW: Fanning the nut is not for the looks, it is a quite essential part of the guitar scale of a fanned fret guitar. The nut is simply a fret with string slots, actually.
I am not trying to be negative here, but I do think something is off, at least with the measurements between first and second fret.
Damn you're right ...
I'm almost 2 mm off on the first fret at the treble side ...
No worries, found already a way to fix it ...
Stay tuned !
p.s. And about the nut, of course its like a zero fret, but I wanted to point out the bass side is slightly larger than the treble side !
I know you're going to fix this. I've got no worries about that. (Even I'm not perfect)
Ah... my eyes are not THAT good.
Fanned nut thickness is very cool indeed.
Glued in a spline of veneer of the same tree ...
Leave it +/- 2 hours.
Scrape it, sand it and ready to saw ...
Gees that's a nice seamless repair - you won't see that under the fret once it's in. Nice job and the guitar is looking special too by the way!
Great save on that one, shouldn't be visible once the frets are in.
Probably it will peep from under the fret a little bit.
That's not the problem, but you will hear it when fretting the first fret ...
Fanned and fretless are you saying? I think your neural synapses are hollow!
Haha, not on a guitar !
Freaks will say you can hear the repair when playing a note on the first fret
Haha, I will hammer the frets in tomorrow, I'm really curious about the repair !!!
Very slowly we're getting to a neck (I hope ...)
Ok, the fretboard is fretted halfway, and under a press:
So I went on with the body:
This had to go:
Looks better this way:
And glue time !!!
Looks like something extraterrestrial ...
Love, love, love these shots.
Body is almost finished ...
Took it out of the clamps, and cleaned up glue squeeze-out, and rounded the corners a little bit ...
Incredible work. I love it.
Looking goooooooood !!