Hi all, I'm new to CBN and the CBG world, and I'm going to be building one very soon, just waiting on my last few parts. One thing I haven't totally thought about is a fretboard. Do I need one? Can I just fret my neck? Should I use one? What are the pros and cons of having one vs not having one? Thanks for any and all help, guys and gals of CBN!

(I should note that I'm using a poplar 1x2 for my neck)

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Here's a pic of the saw that also comes with a miter box that works great for CBG sized fretboards.

I bought that exact same setup from Michael's for a project this summer and I was sloppy and the saw cut the aluminum miter box! So be careful...

I use the aluminum box for my CBG fretboards using a wedge piece of wood to hold the board in place. I use a framing square for larger fretboards.

Haven't had the problem of cutting into the box, but the handle did break on mine. I cut 2 pieces of wood and attached them on each side of the saw by drilling through the wood and saw top clamp and then put small bolts through with some nuts to hold it all tight.

Hi Roland, i think that you’ll find lots of people have different opinions on various things on here,.... and no one is wrong !!!  You experiment your own ideas based on what you read and whalla !  In my opinion / experience and with my budget (simply cannot afford the exotic woods) i usually use either solid oak, or poplar i get them in the 1/4 “ x 1.5” or i get thicker and rip them on the table saw. I personally have found the oak works better for fretted, and i like poplar for fretless , the poplar seems soft to me and i usually have a bit more trouble fretting those, but the poplar is much better for putting the finish, especially if there is any artwork going on to it.  I recently scored a hard wood board at a re-home store that was 8 feet long, 1 inch (actual) thick and 4 inches wide ( FOUR DOLLARS !!!!)i so far have ripped from it 4 necks, and 4 fretboards, with more to get off it yet !!!!  Happy building !

Stewmac has fretted boards for guitars that could be cut in half(long ways) and used for 2 3-string gits.

Oak and Poplar are great for fretboards.


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