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not worth it, you'll never get em right..
get a dremel or a sander, doesnt take more than 20 minutes to fret a neck.
get the 6" lengths off gitty, far less wastage
" Do you use a Dremel for cutting frets??
Jay of Tiny Guitars use to sell pre-cut fret wire, not sure if he still does. But look him up he still might. He also was sellin pre-made necks already fretted.
Cutting fretwire takes but a second with a pair of endcutters, and once the frets are in it only takes a couple of minutes to file down the ends. No need for fancy tools, I use a pair of pincers to cut my fretwire (more leverage than small sidecutters or endcutters) and a 6" flat file bought from my local hardware shop, total investment $5.
As the Chicken man says, cheap tools and a bit of elbow grease and it's job done. I must admit it's the bit of the build I hate most, but once it's done it's done and I'm always pleased with the results. Just get a cold beer ready in the chiller, get your wires, clippers, file, hammer on your bench and go for it - in thirty minutes or so you'll be glugging down the ale and wondering what all the fuss was about!
Keep up the good work fella.
If you check out my fretting video on my page here, I can fret an entire neck from start to finish in under 30 minutes. I don't think you will save much time by getting 1.5 inch fret wire pieces.
Thanks all... looks like I'll need to learn to fret... these pin strips are cool bit the fear of fretting MUST go, even if it's takes a six pack or 2.. I just have to remember to not use the band saw.
Do you use a Dremel for cutting frets??
As ChickenBoneJohn alluded to, using a pair of side cutters does not take very long. If you can find a pair that cuts flush, you will have less metal to file down.
That's what I use...