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Electric Mandolin fretting

Putting frets in


Today, I got the fretwork done on one of my electric mandolins. The playing surface is, in my opinion, the most important part of an instrument. No matter how pretty your bodywork is, and how good your finish is. If your playing surface isn't perfect, the instrument won't be as much fun to play as it should be.

I always install bound fingerboards on my instruments. They are a bit more work, but the esthetics are worth it. The binding is installed before the fingerboard is glued to the neck, and the fretwork is more time consuming. custom electric mandolin 3

 Once all the frets are hammered in and glued, the edges have to be bevelled, they need to be leveled, crowned and polished.


Here is te end result

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