|Trade Secrets!Issue 139 May 12, 2011|
Dan Erlewine's Facebook fretless bass
Dan Erlewine's been posting photos on Facebook, creating this photo story on how to convert a fretted bass to fretless. It's a Trade Secrets story and it's on Facebook too!
|Trade Secrets!Issue 132 February 03, 2011|
Fine tuning a bolt-on replacement neck
Erick Coleman pulls his old Strat out of mothballs and gives it a new neck. He shows what's needed to get a replacement neck ready to play.
|Product Instructions I-4363|
Fret Barber Instructions
The Fret Barber lets you "take a little off the sides" to adjust the width of the fret tang by removing metal from the barbs.
|Product Instructions I-3760|
Fret Beveling Files
Downloadable instructions for smoothing fret ends with Fret Beveling Files.
|Product Instructions I-0800|
Fret Scale Rule Instructions
Tips for using our fret scale rules for building and repairing guitars, mandolins, and banjos.
|Product Instructions I-FRETCALC|
How do I calculate a fret scale?
A link to our free, online Fret Scale Calculator for determining fret and bridge placements and saddle compensation.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 131 January 20, 2011|
How to bind a fretboard, Gibson-style
Erick Coleman's restoring a 1950s Les Paul, and returning the bound fretboard to its original condition. With small files and elbow grease, he shows how to create the fret-end "binding nibs" for that distinctive Gibson look.
|Product Instructions A-4895|
How to hammer frets
Gene Imbody explains the basics of installing frets using a fretting hammer.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 41 August 09, 2007|
How to use a Fret Hammer
A fret hammer was one of the first lutherie tools Erick Coleman ever bought, and it's still an essential in his shop. In this issue of Trade Secrets, he shows how to use it.
|Product Instructions I-4380|
Jaws Handheld Fret Press
An overview of and instructions for using the Jaws Handheld Fret Press.
|Product Instructions A-RADIUSBLOCKBASICS|
Radius Block Basics
An explanation of the different uses of a radiused sanding block.
|Product Instructions A-SCALELENGTH|
Scale Length Explained
Finding your scale length, how it affects tone, and more.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 43 September 06, 2007|
Super glue your frets for better tone!
Erick Coleman shows why so many guitars need their frets fastened. Add a touch of water-thin superglue to lock down your already-installed frets, and get better tone, too!
|Trade Secrets!Issue 23 March 29, 2007|
Use a Fret Setter upside down for faster fretwork!
This week, Dan gets an email with a Trade Secret from luthier Jason Ingrodi. Jason's tip makes fret filing faster (this means a lot when you've got dozens of frets to file!)