Question about gluing and/or radius sanding a fretboard

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by Knarbens, Dec 14, 2014.


When/how do you glue the fretboard onto the neck?

  1. as a blank

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  2. as a slotted blank

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  3. radiused, not fretted

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  4. radiused and fretted

    6 vote(s)
  1. Timm

    Timm New Member

    Jun 21, 2020
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    Helsinki, Finland
    I know that this is a really old thread, but I would still like to weigh in. I thought that my technique would be commonly used, but apparently it is not. I glue the tapered fretboard on the roughly sized neck blank and use it as a built-in router template. I run a ball-bearing router bit along the edge of the fretboard, et voila..there's a straight neck. Then I rout the binding channel, if desired.

    Because the neck blank is still oversize at this point, I don't have to be paranoid about alignment. It has to match the headstock on one end, but that's it.

    Edit: Just noticed Immortalx's post of a similar technique

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