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Seth
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12/09/2020 7:11 pm  

Hi everyone, just started my first build, i was cutting the fret slots by hand and some of the slots are off by 1°.  Is there a tolerance? Is there anything I can do, or is this fret board destined for the bin?


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12/09/2020 8:05 pm  

Without getting my trig tables out, I don’t know the answer to this ... but I’m guessing that a 1deg error across the width of a fretboard is less than a 1mm error?

How did you manage to measure a 1deg angle (ie are you sure that it’s out)?


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12/09/2020 10:28 pm  

Yes its off by 1mm. I measured with a little $9 angle-izer. 


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13/09/2020 1:06 am  

Hi Seth,

I am afraid that you have to ditch the fretboard and start again. 1mm out will be easily detectable and given how much work the rest of the guitar is going to take it would be crazy to carry on with a faulty fretboard for the sake of £20. Write this one off to experience and just consider it lucky that you realised to mistake before you got much further on. You will thank yourself in the end. Good luck with the rest of the build.

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13/09/2020 4:02 am  

Thanks Darren


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13/09/2020 11:21 am  

I’m not sure it would work but if all the slots are off by 1mm you could but the bridge on off square but 1mm...

@markbailey may be able to advise on that..fir the price of a fretboard I would do as @darrenking suggests and drop for now.


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13/09/2020 11:38 am  

’m not sure it would work but if all the slots are off by 1mm you could but the bridge on off square

Or just use it for playing Jazz ....

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13/09/2020 12:08 pm  

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13/09/2020 1:17 pm  

Yes its off by 1mm. I measured with a little $9 angle-izer. 

@seth I would probably not use it, your intonation will be all over the place and you’ll probably have big tuning issues. Buy another fretboard, perhaps a pre made one from @markbailey 

 

Don’t throw out this one though, keep it for future use. By that, I mean you can find other uses for it such as making inlay fret markers with a contrasting wood. I never throw anything away, it’s very useful and less wasteful to build up a collection of materials and it will save you money in the future. 

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