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To keep the strings from cutting in can be as simple as wedging in a bit of twine all the way to hand carving slotted bone.
Or you can use a rivet with the center spike removed.
thanks for ur help :) i just completed my first build today it sounds good
these work really good .. and are simple as pie .. ask around "oily , stewy , otis , etc etc ..
lol .. ooops .. thanks clock , .. didnt realize you posted the same link ;-)
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Thanks, they turned out well if I say so myself and they seem to work well although I'm not much of a player yet. Switching over to frets for my current project because it has a very narrow neck.
IMHO, for what Gitty sells fret wire for, it is hard to convince me to use anything else. I've used 1/16" brass rod, but it cost just as much as frets but is a lot harder to work with. Even if you have "free" stuff to use, you have to figure out how much time it will take and add the cost of glue, tape etc. Round toothpicks are cheap and easy to work with but I don't know how long they will last on a steel stringer.
I make frets out of toothpicks. Just saw the groove in the neck with a back saw or fret saw at the proper fret spacing then I glue the toothpicks in. I use flat toothpicks on their edge, but I think you can use the round ones if your saw is the right thickness. Then sand them level with the neck. The contrasting wood looks really nice and they won't interfere with the slide.