Is there any reason why you couldn't fret the fretboard before glueing it to the neck. I was thinking that if I did it this way and I happened to botch up the fret job I wouldn't be ruining the whole build. I'd just be ruining the fret board. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Tim
Hello Tim - The way I do it is to slot the fingerboard first and glue it on. Then I carve and shape the neck. Next, I level the fingerboard and install the frets. I find that when I level the fingerboard it helps me make certain the frets are level and cuts down on buzzing.... I am certain you will get a lot of really good ideas here, grab the one you feel most comfortable with... Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Jim
Hi Tim , i do mine like you mentioned make the fretboard first but make it slightly oversize by 1-2mm (width)then glue it to the neck and sand it flush to the neck on the sides - i just like it that way , but has Jim has said just go with what you feel comfortable with - theres no rules thats the best thing :-)
if you install the frets first you are gonna have a hard time getting the fret board flush with the neck after its installed (its hard to sand it all fuls with steel frets hangin out). its no big deal if you screw up the frets just yank them back out sand it level agian and give it another try.
I find it a lot easier to put the position dots on the fretboard, sand it flush, add the frets, bevel the sides, then glue it to the neck. That way, I can sand the sides flush, and make any last minute corrections on the neck.