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.

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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