Fretting Tip: Shovel Handle Fretting with Coat Hanger Frets by Scott McGilliard

This was for a shovel handle two string cigar box bass guitar.

  1. Sand the top side of the shovel handle so it's slightly flattened.
  2. Mark the placement for each fret.
  3. Use a drill to groove the slot for each fret. It would help to use a drill press, but I don't
  4. have one. I guess you could use a round file, but that would be a lot of work.
  5. Drill a vertical hole at the end of each groove. Cut a sturdy coat-hanger into short pieces and bend each one in a squared U like a large staple to fit into the holes and slot.
  6. Use an exacto knife to adjust the depth for each fret to make them all level. Remove each fret and put a little epoxy in the end holes and re-insert the fret.

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I have tried that style on a flat neck with Copper electrical wire & hardware store Brass picture frame wire with good results, not as rigid as coat hangers though? Thanx for sharing Shane, adding to my next project:)

cool.,

That's impressive work for a person without a drill press, thanks!

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