Decided my Reso will be strictly slide, and a little primal looking, question is, how to mark my fretless frets, problem, I'm staining the fret board Ebony, will be adding oak dowels for position markers, but want the frets marked as well, typical wood-burning won't show up that well on ebony stained wood, I don't think. I thought about making indentations with a blunt chisel and a light paint stripe, but don't want too clean a look, everything else will be stressed looking.
Thoughts, jokes.....donations to my beer fund lol.
Just use a gold or silver enamel paint tape up your fret board and spray .
gold/silver too flashy, I'll have to post a pic of the body so far, it's a dull gray, used an antiquing stain, makes it look like aged wood from the sun. Hmmmm, maybe gold would be ok, it will go good with the brass trunk corners I'll be using.
You could paint some "flashy" marks on the side of the fingerboard so that only you see it.
If you play the reso positioned like a regular guitar (rather than flat on it's back for slide) you only need markers on the top edge of the fretboard for the player to see. You could then put any design you want on the front of the fretboard. Keeping with the rough around the edges look, small notches on the side to mark fret position might work. If you notch slightly deeper for positions 3 5 7 9 12 etc..it will disguise the fact they are fret markers to casual observers.
Having said that small side dots are not that visible anyway. This is a 3 stringer I made a few years back. The person I made it for only wanted positions 3 5 7 9 12 etc.. marked. Personally I would want all fret positions marked as my playing needs all the help it can get.
nice looking git, and I need all the help I can get and then some lol
pin striping tape? or maybe use a pin striping brush and paint some on? white or a cream colour?
I like the thought of the oak dowel position markers. I used oak dowel to make a repair in a walnut gun stock recently. My thought was that if I used walnut, it would look like a repair, but if I used oak, it would be a highlight. It worked out well in that regard.
So, back to your situation. Would it be possible to cut fret slots and then inlay narrow strips of oak? It sounds like it could be difficult and tedious to do, to me anyway, but then, some things that are worthwhile can be that way sometimes.
Just my 2 cents.
I forgot about the need to sand the inlays. That would be a problem with a stained fretboard. Unless you changed the fretboard material to a naturally darker wood.
Or very carefully re-stain after sanding, but that really never turns out well, does it?
I think I could use a fine paintbrush for touch up
I think toothpicks would do the trick.Cut the slots glue in the toothpick frets and smooth them off.