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Binding the Fret Board
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Craig

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Not that I"m going to do this necessarily, but with a pre-sawn fretboard...how do you handle the slots to bind? Put it below the board or also saw the binding to ensure the frets go in.

Craig

Sep 10, 06 | 8:01 pm
mbbransc

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Good question, sorry I don't have an answer. I've been curious to see how people do this as well. Likewise, I don't plan on doing it, but would like to know.

Sep 11, 06 | 10:29 am
Bill Cory

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Your fretboard, if originally cut for binding, would be narrower than the width of the neck at the gluing surface by the width of the binding -- or close to it. You would use "Fret Tang Nippers," (or a tool that accomplishes the same result) to cut the tang of each fret off so the fret would extend over the binding but the tang wouldn't reach beyond the edge of the fretboard itself. The page linked has a good illustration.

So, if your fretboard is the same width as the neck gluing surface and has slots already cut, you would need to narrow it (the fretboard) on each side by the width of the binding you plan to use, the arrange it as described above.

Sep 11, 06 | 1:58 pm
Craig

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That explains it - definitely a tool to get in the future as I do like the look of a bound fretboard. Thanks Bill!!!

Craig

Sep 11, 06 | 3:00 pm
Ken Hundley

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I have seen some guitars where the fret is in the binding as well. Not as desireable, but if you are concerned about goofing your fret job (I will be facing that on my Les Dragon shortly) then try it that way for your first one. The other alternative is to fret the guitar, file the fret ends flush with the edge of the fingerboard. Glue the fignerboard to the neck, then bind it. Once the binding is dry, you scrape the binding flush with the fingerboard between each fret, leaving a bump covering the end of the fret wire. You then carefully round off the bump. I have seen it both ways.

Sep 12, 06 | 7:10 pm
JimB

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Total Posts: 89
I have bound my fretboard (pre-fretwire) and will use fret tang nippers and a file to get the frets to the end of the bound area and file them smooth. Just be sure when gluing the binding to the fretboard that you are careful to get the glue out of the fret slot, especially don't use too much glue, just need a light covering, excess will ruin your day.

JB

ps. Pics of mine on my blog (see KGB site for blog address, or other posts).

Sep 15, 06 | 9:50 am
BarryO

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Craig - looking for something else, I found this site - in the construction section Chris has an interesting approach...[www.cbguitars.com]

Barry

Sep 16, 06 | 10:56 am
Craig

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Barry - looks like he has a nice build process. My only concern with his approach ie. putting the frets in pre-binding, is if you needed to redress or replace frets after. It looks like it would require redoing the whole binding again.

Craig

Sep 16, 06 | 11:11 am
BarryO

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I had the same thoughts - but there is something nibbling in the back of my feeble mind that there is something else to be 'gleaned' from his process - just don't what yet!

Barry

Sep 16, 06 | 11:35 am
patfoster

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Total Posts: 45
I've seen a few guitars without bound fretboards where the fret tangs were cut at an angle, so that they sit back a bit in the fret slot. The fret ends were dressed down as usual. When the fret slots were filled the ends of the tang were covered and the fretboard looked bound. Would probably work best with ebony or other very dark wood.

Sep 21, 06 | 7:29 am



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