"Hello everyone, I am on my first 4 String CBG build and was looking for a fret layout. I found this site and man it seems pretty straight forward calculator. http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/ You can print out a template for your neck…"
Yeah, that's a very cool way of doing it. It's analogous to how frets on the lute, and some variations on the oud, are done. In fact, I saw a reference recently to Uncle Bob's technique on a custom replica Renaissance…"
This thread reminds me of Uncle Bob, an Australian guy who makes a variety of home-made stringed instruments. On some of his instruments, he takes a single length of "wire" (could use real wire or nylon fish line, etc.) and wraps…"
If you don't want to use fret wire, then finishing nails are just one way. Steel (not copper or copper alloy) coat hangers are another. Ummm, lessee, chain link fence wire...lots of small broken steel drill bits...very fine brass…"
I fretted the necks of my first two builds using finishing nails. I still cut fret slots, then epoxied the nails into the slot, let them dry, then snipped off the ends. I then sued small file to finish the fret ends. But I also have fret wire…"
A while back I had tried using finishing nails as frets, but I had a hard time getting them to stay glued to the fretboard. I kept finding them on the floor all the time. I finally gave up and went to conventional fret wire.
"I am starting to make my 1st cbg.Fitting frets is my biggest concern before i start.I want it to look as home made as possibleSo i like the idea of copper wire glued on.I was concidering snipping nails to size and using them."
"I keep thinking that rather than print-and-cut the scales every single time I build I should transfer them to something permanent, but somehow I never get around to it. Funny how it's the simplest things that end up taking the longest to…"
"I've seen Dan's video & it's good.
I use a template-layout program called Wfret (you can find it through Google), and glue lengths of salvaged copper electrical wire on. Not as fast as a fret-saw and traditional…"