When I have built my previous fretless cbgs I have burned the fret line into my necks. I’m about to start a new build using a very dark wood for my fretboard. I would like to score the fret lines in and then fill them with a brass powder. Has anyone had experience in doing this and could offer advice regarding choice of adhesive and best method?

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Hi Michael, what a great idea. I have not tried it but this is what I would do/try:

I would use a thin saw cut rather than a score mark.
Run in the brass material
Flow a layer of CA glue
When dry, level off the filled slots to the fingerboard.
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Hi again, just thought of another way. I normally inlay timber in a bass neck when making it fretless, soo.
I could use thin brass strips, sold at hobby-type outlets or online.

Again thin saw cut - a thin bead of glue - push in the brass strip - sand it flat. However, brass may tarnish over time and be less visible than it was at first.
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Thanks Taffy, I’ll have to practice on some off cuts, don’t want to ruin a good piece of wood.

Hi, that's a good move. There is Gel-type CA glue that has a slower set time so maybe even mixing the brass powder into a paste and applying it to the slot might work.
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I’ve seen that method suggested using resin, but it sounds too messy for my liking, possibly ok for fret position dots.

I see there's still posting problems....

Anyway, I suggested zip ties on edge. Lots of colors and sandable.

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