Good morning all, I have started working on my next 3 string guitar and I have decided on a fretless neck, the last fretless neck I constructed I scorched the fret markers with a hot wire but found the scorch marks spread into the grain making the finished article look a bit untidy. Has any other members got any ideas they would like to share on method and materials used. Cheers Phil
Hi Philip. Thanks for the friending.. i’ve Made fret markings in many ways. Wood burning can work good. I just got a great CBG from Vern Hallet with burned markings. He notched the fret positions first in about 1/16 wide, then burned in the groove. It’s a hard Maple neck.
i like to spray paint the markings. I mask off the board leaving spaces at the marks. About 1/16. Then spray lightly with Rustoleum in a color that contrasts the fretboard. I sometimes use two colors for a gradient line. Like white and red. I usually stripe my fretboards. I mask off the board leaving 1,3,5,7,9,11 etc. open and color the openings with a color that relates to my box and makes a good background for the MOP dots.
as far as springs go, i’ve Not tryed that yet. Others have had some success. I think they might rattle if they touch the box wood like a snare drum. I like a clean sound so I avoid rattles. Your Boneshaker might like a rattle. I bet it has good sustain. Keep on makin those cool guits Philip..