Hi folks. So I've built two 3-string box guitars so far and I've used a bolt as the nut both times. But each time I used nails as the frets and just glued them down after putting on the strings. This way I could use a guitar tuner to run the nails up the neck, mark their proper placement, and then super-glue them down.
I'd like to try frets on my next build and still use a bolt-nut (because their cheap/easy/and I like the look of them). I see a lot of people doing this and I want to know: how do you properly place the bolt so that the frets are the proper distance?
Do you find the diameter of the bolt and halve that to find the point at which the string sits? Or do the strings not sit center? I'm sure I'm putting too much thought into it and it'll be some super easy fix, because that's what I do.
Anyway, any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
yup jumbo on first and smaller frets for rest can be done as a nut..works but you need string tees to hold down strings tight..or I do!
centralise on fret one/nut position as far as I am aware...
you could try bugs easy frets, thick super glue and wide split pins for frets.( Break in half at loop with cutters).. but they are a bitch to grind down so cut them well at an angle!
But In fact normal fretting may just be easier...