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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Fret tang treatment on maple fretboards. What do you prefer?

Mick Reid
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Jun 6th, 2019 12:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Do you dress them so they're visible and flush with the maple edge; or do you trim them back and fill in the slot end (sort of a bound fretboard look)

I'm nearly ready to do a full refret and refinish (for myself) and torn between which method. The original frets were done with filled slot ends.

I can see an advantage having the tang all the way to the edge for gluing (more secure???) but I like the neat & tidy look of cutting back and filling the slot ends.

How to you guys do it or prefer and why?

Thanks

Achase4u
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Jun 6th, 2019 03:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just knock them flush with a file attached to a wooden handle. Belt sander is really quick.

I keep a shallow bevel in mind and go to town. I can't see myself taking the time to fill ends. I assume we are talking fender style?

Mick Reid
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Jun 6th, 2019 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Aaron!

"I assume we are talking fender style?"

Yes.

"I can't see myself taking the time to fill ends."

I've only done it on a few frets (rosewood board) where the factory filler had fallen out. Easy peasy, just a bit of Timber Mate on a fingertip over the slot. Quick sand once dry (2 minutes dry time?)

"I keep a shallow bevel in mind and go to town."

My DIY bevelling tool is 35 degrees.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 08:17 AM, Jun 6th, 2019)

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Jun 6th, 2019 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like the feel of a fairly rounded fretboard edge so I use either a tang nipper for nickle or a dremel for stainless steel and cut back the tang about 1/16 from the edge so I can contour the fret to the rounded edge. Again, only about 1/16" or a bit less. I usually fill the end of the slot with black CA but on a maple fretboard for a client, I'll ask what look they prefer.

Cal-Woody

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Jun 6th, 2019 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

On most maple fretboards, you can see the fret tang flush to the fretboard and just round/taper the fret tops to taste. At least that's the way my Fender guitars are.

Mick Reid
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Jun 6th, 2019 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...only about 1/16" or a bit less."

Mark, that was my intention also (if I go that route). I reckon if I nip it at 1/16, it will work out perfectly once the end is filed and flush, bevelled and dressed.

I'm going to be working with an unfinished (stripped) neck so I would probably use a natural coloured filler in lieu of CA since I'll be spraying clear lacquer over the whole thing in the end.


Mick Reid
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Jun 6th, 2019 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

update:

I just had a look at all the maple FB guitars I have, and they all have the tangs recessed & filled. I think I've had my mind made up for me now ;^)

I have seen YT vids where the repairer just filed them flush, but I think I like the look of the filled method.

I'm still interested in other opinions/preferences here though, so post 'em if you got 'em!



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Jun 6th, 2019 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I file ‘em flush. Just easier that way for me.

Mick Reid
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Jun 6th, 2019 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I file ‘em flush. Just easier that way for me."

Thanks G.
Have you ever had the neck wood contract and expose the tangs using that method?

I guess it would need to be extremely dry conditions for that though.





BTW, I had to retype that question because I originally was going to ask if you ever experienced shrinkage... and I knew exactly where that was going to go!

;^)


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Jun 6th, 2019 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sure, it happens to all guitar players ;o0

Even if you trim the tangs and use a filler in the end of the slot, wood shrinkage will cause the filler material to pop out a bit.

Once you treat a neck for fret sprout, it’s usually the last time you’ll have that problem on that neck.

Mick Reid
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Jun 7th, 2019 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo.


(especially for not elaborating on shrinkage!)


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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 8th, 2019 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's no big thing.

Achase4u
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Jun 8th, 2019 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It's no big thing."

I dunno, man. I think you are being modest. You have a lot of back prollem's for a reason...

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Jun 8th, 2019 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is this a giraffe thread yet?

Achase4u
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Jun 8th, 2019 10:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Trying like hell to steer it there...

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