|This little tip is a real time-saver!|
Jason Ingrodi e-mailed his Trade Secret along with a shop photo:
|Dan, I want to share a trick, since you’ve shared so many with me.|
I can’t imagine what it must have been like to notch fret ends before the fret tang nipper came along, but even with it speeding things up, I still file the underside of each fret end to make it smooth. Holding the frets steady to file them was a wrestling match until I thought of this:
I clamp a fret setter upside down in my nut & saddle vise. The notched end gives me a groove to rest the fret crown in. This way, the fret stays put while I file it smooth. I can go through a whole neck’s-worth of frets much faster this way. It cuts my time in half!
I wanted to share this little trick with you, since you appreciate this sort of thing. Anyway, I can't thank you enough for all you've taught me through your books and videos!
Jason Ingrodi, Cumberland, MD
Before the tang nipper came along, bound fingerboards meant at least two snips at each end of each fret, using a fret cutter as shown below.
This method does a good job, but it’s slow: making two cuts at each end of about two dozen frets adds up to around a hundred cuts.