I've been without my workshop for almost a year now and am finally close to having it back! I promised my brother-in-law a CBG for his birthday last summer and am getting ready to start on it.
I've got my box picked out and I picked up a neck and fretboard from CB Gitty and am starting to plan the build out (side question: how much planning to most folks do on their builds? My first three were pretty seat-of-the-pants, on-the-spot stuff but I'm trying to really diagram this one out and build it to a plan).
My question is this - what are the relative merits of either using a separate fretboard attached to the neck, vs. just fretting the neck itself? (This is of course ignoring unfretted necks or necks with frets just marked). It occurred to me when I was trying to get the neck flush with the top of the box that the fretboard would then be raised above the top of the box, which then got me to thinking about why have a separate fretboard at all? I mean, I like 'em and they can be quite pretty...but what's the benefit of that vs. just fretting the neck itself?