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Fretting the Fingerboard


The Unpacked Kit
Ribbon Lining
End-Piece Set
Guitar Top
Top Bracing
Guitar Back
Back Bracing
Attaching the Back
Attaching the Top
Edge Bindings
Fitting the Neck
Truss Rod
Fitting the Nut
Grain Filling
Attaching the Neck
Attaching the Bridge
Saddle and Nut
It's Done!

Drilling the holes for the tuning machines was done on a drill press to ensure that the holes would be straight and properly aligned. Marking the holes based on the blueprint took a little time, but was not hard to do.

Once the holes were drilled, the frets were installed. This was easier than I expected. Basically, you use some wire cutters to clip a slightly oversized piece of fretting wire off the roll that is provided, wet the pre-sawn groove in the fingerboard to make the wood swell around the "barb" on the wire once it's installed, and then gently hammer the fret into the groove.


Once the fret are hammered into place, they are trimmed as close as possible to the fingerboard with the wire cutters, and then filed down flush with the fret board, and angled slightly. After that, a whetstone, like one you'd use for sharpening chisels, was oiled and run back and forth over the frets to make sure that any high spots (relative to the other frets) would be evened off.

After the fretting is complete, the nut is shaped and installed.

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