Blog #37: Fretting

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. Martin Note:  Joe Val Bluegrass Festival coming up at the end of February.... Hope to see you all there!!
Fret dressing

Fret dressing

 
Banjo neck

Banjo neck

 
Curve on back of fret

Curve on back of fret

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