Written by Marty January 25, 2012
Blog #37: Fretting
Hello! Now it is time for fretting. I am working on one of my mandolins as well as working on a Gold Star banjo for a friend of mine. I thought I would show you some useful tips for fret dressing...
#1 Adhere two pieces of tape on both sides of the flat file. This allows you to get real close to the binding without touching the binding.
#2 From the nut to the bridge the strings fan out, creating a slight imperfection in between the intonation of the frets. What I do, is put a slight curve to the back of the fret facing the bridge. This compensates for the fanning out of the strings and makes for better intonation going up the neck.
I find these tips to work real well to create a well playing instrument. Enjoy the pictures.
Note: Joe Val Bluegrass Festival coming up at the end of February.... Hope to see you all there!!
Curve on back of fret
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