Fret wire selection
So having ordered every bit of my future creation I’ve realised that I’ve not ordered any fret wire. There appears to be a crazy number of choices in terms of size and composition and I’m not sure where to start? I’d rather pay more so that they need less attention but I think one of Mark’s videos said to avoid stainless steel unless you want to lose teeth from your files!?
…on an elaborate journey to turn trees into music.
The part that goes into the board is called the tang and the bits on the tang are the barbs. The barbs are what hold the frets in. The tang needs to be the same size as the slot or ever so slightly smaller ie 0.1mm but you don’t want it any bigger as it can back bow the neck.
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stainless steel frets
They sound like a good idea until you have to cut, file and dress 24 of them!! Seriously, stainless is a nightmare to work by hand. Not impossible, but you REALLY have to want it badly!!