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Fret position marking


Steve Handley
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Hi all,

i guess most people have their own ways of marking and cutting fret slots ranging from measuring individually to using some quite nicely designed jigs, but I thought I’d share something that I tried.

If you have a copy of Visio and a printer, I wrote a Macro that asks for the scale length, calculates the fret positions and prints out a pattern of where they need to be cut. I checked accuracy by calculating manually and checking with a ruler, and it’s as accurate as I can measure.

There are some limitations: of course, you can‘t fit a full length neck on a sheet of A4, so it prints the first 10 frets in a row, then frets 10 to 24 in a 2nd row. Also, only works for inches (which seems odd, because my copy of Visio is in German and resists all attempts to change the language!)

If anyone wants a copy of it, please let me know

cheers

Steve


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Koendb
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@Steveh Thanks for that. But there are easier ways:

https://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/ or

 Stewmacs fret calculator https://www.stewmac.com/fret-calculator/

TLC Guitargoods in Holland: https://tlcguitargoods.com/en/howto-fret-calculator

I am sure there a lot of other online resources that can do the exact same thing.
It's nice to have that offline option though 👍 

The fretboard on my last ukulele, I've drawn manually, but I did use a printed version of the fretfind2d ( 15" scale length )
as a QA check to reassure I did not make any mistakes. Turned out perfect.

 


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Steve Handley
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@koendb doing the sums is easy enough, but i wanted a visual representation, and I hadn’t found one online. The fretfind2d one looks great though - thank you for the pointer!

cheers

Steve


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