Finally Fretting

Using my squeeze clamps I made a fret presser. I used Patrick Hufschmid’s technique to prepare the neck and to hammer the frets in. I used epoxy to fill the slots incase I messed up somewhere. Hammering in frets is awesome. Now all I need to do it find some way of trimming the ends…

Cutting Fretwire..

I couldn’t find decent wire cutters or pliers anywhere so I used the deadblow hammer and a sharp chisel. I put that wasted piece of padauk to use as a chisel/cutting board. So far nothings gone to waste! Woot!

Slotting The Fretboard…

Once I leveled out the sides I resumed slotting the fretboard. It took forever with the little saw I was using, but eventually it was finished. I was happy with the results so far. Some slots towards the end need a bit of filing but that will be done later.

Ghetto Fretwork…

I seriously need to invest in a buncha good tools when I’m back home for good. I might as well just buy up Stew-Mac. So I fashioned my own fretting jig using a Quik-clamp and a metal ruler. I ripped off a blade from a jewlers saw I found at a hardware store. It works…

Planning out the Fretboard

After reading everything on http://www.sevenstring.org I started to plan out the fretboard. Since it was a MultiScale neck I needed to choose the two scales I’d be using for the neck. I decided on 25 inches to 27 inches, with the perpendicular fret being the nut. After failing my first attempt (major compound error), I…