has anyone ever had any luck with hanger wire frets? tired a test run with some scrap wood and wasn't really happy with the turn out. even with wood glue/crazy glue i didn't think they'd hold out will with any playing, let alone aggresive playing. if theres a better way to do this, i'm not seeing it.
I found a very nice material at a hobby shop that caters to the model-airplane crowd. They had a whole rack of small-scale metal bits, including very fine brass rod stock and tubing ranging from about 1/8" down to 1/16".
You can get enough to make an average guitar neck for just a few bucks.... Easier to cut than steel nails and dead straight.
I've used the the brass rods Mark speaks of on 4 or 5 builds . I've super glued them in then covered the fretboard with polyurethane to help keep them in. I've always have to tweak them quite a bit to get them all level with each other and often re glue frets back in when, or add glue, after adjusting them or filing them.....before covering the neck with polyurethane. When done the brass rods work very well and look like "real frets". That being said I now ,when ever possible, use REAL FRETS . They ARE MUCH EASIER to work with. I then cover the fret board with tung oil when done . The tung oil makes the fret board feel like silk compared to polyurethane . On my next rustic build I am considering useing staples, one underneath each string , as "Wade"......? ,on this site, has done .
thanks Sharecropper and Diane! i'd prefer to use real frets, but'll cash is tight at the moment, i was diggin around looking for scraps. thats for the tip about the tung oil as well sharecropper, i'm new to woodworking. just did a fretless neck with a coat of poly on it. it turned out well but i did notice is has a "sticky" touch to it.