brass screws work just fine but a drill press is crucial to get a consistent countersink.
I like using bamboo skewers. I have a bit that is perfect. Drill a hole, dab in a spot of glue, twist in the skewer, cut flush with the fretsaw. But I only do sidedots .... a clean, plain fretboard is kinda my thang. Plus, you get hundreds, maybe thousands of markers for a couple of bucks.
And I have also used the screws ... works fine as long as you heed the advice above.
Just saw this honey in the gallery. http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/photo010-3/next?context=latest
I've done 5-6 using brass pan head screws for position markers and didn't have any trouble with string interference. But, they were all fretted.... Don't know about fretless, but I think panheads as opposed to woodscrews would be problem free.
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Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
Once you have it sunk, you may want to fill it over with some sort of clear epoxy. You could have string bending issues otherwise. I'm just guessing, though - I could be totally wrong. For the people who have actually done this: have you ever had an issue with strings getting hung up on the screw head during a bend?
About to try using countersunk brass screws as position markers on fretted 3 string.
I don't have a drill press!
The epoxy thing sounds do-able. Low budget anyway. just a regular electric drill ( cumbersome! ) and a countersink bit.
I have done this now using the epoxy. Looks good! Made sure the neck sat flat with spirit level so epoxy dried flat. Got a little bit of epoxy smear around the area as this glue was not as runny as i would have liked, fine sandpaper after around it cleared this up. Use epoxy that dries fairly slow.
Will post pictures later on.