Hi, I'm really new at this but love the idea. Anyway I've watched a ton of videos and I wonder why the fret board is always, it seems, a separate piece of would glued to the neck?If the neck is…Continue
"Actually, I was quoting Ron above, Taff.
I agree that it is better to fret into harder woods. Yardsticks seem to be from softer woods. I think they look cool. but not sure it is such a good idea without using superglue."
"Hi Carl, that's interesting that you have trouble every time you fret into Poplar, what is the trouble faced. I have never used Poplar for anything so I can't comment on how it works and so on, but I was surprised to find it's classed…"
"" I have tried to put frets into poplar and have trouble every time. If I were using softer necks then I would use a hardwood fingerboard."
Makes me question the use of yardsticks (way cool) as a fretboard."
"Just ran across this. I usually make my necks from red oak and rarely use a separate fingerboard. I have never had problems with frets seating and holding. I have tried to put frets into poplar and have trouble every time. If I were using softer…"
"Another thing to add about fretting softer woods like Poplar is, don’t get it at any big box store. I would get it at a bonified lumberyard, big box stores sell young, hurry-dried wood, which is usually softer & less dense than the quality…"
Taffy is correct on ever point he made and for the record, I almost always use a separate fret board for the reasons he notes. However, if you go to a music store or ebay and look at the Fender Stratocaster you'll find that many…"
"Hi, l always aim for 1/4 saw timber for the neck and the fingerboard. If you have seen timber bowed or boards "cupped" (not flat) in the hardware store, it is probably slab cut instead of 1/4 cut, grain lines going from face to face when…"
"Welcome David, there are a number of reasons why builders choose a different hardwood fingerboard.
1) it covers a trussrod if fitted from the top face of the neck
2) it adds a bit more stability, especially if grain is oriented correctly.
3) not all…"
Hi, I'm really new at this but love the idea. Anyway I've watched a ton of videos and I wonder why the fret board is always, it seems, a separate piece of would glued to the neck?If the neck is hardwood and the fret board is hard wood why the layers? or is it just aesthetics?See More