Infection – making of a custom guitar, part 3.

06.02.20161

Part 3: Time to stop fretting and begin fingering a board.

As this slighty naughty and obscure title hints, it’s time to make a fingerboard – or a fretboard

A piece of ebony (which is not currently Dressed For Sunset) will make the fretboard for Mynni's guitar. A steel template is used to route fretboard into proper dimensions.

A piece of ebony (which is not currently Dressed For Sunset) will make the fretboard for Mynni’s guitar. A steel template is used to route fretboard into proper dimensions.

A precice mitre jig is used to saw grooves for frets, a CNC milled index plate attaches to fretboard and is used to accurately determine positions of frets.

A precice mitre jig is used to saw grooves for frets, a CNC milled index plate attaches to fretboard and is used to accurately determine positions of frets.

Upper view of forementioned mitre jig.

Upper view of forementioned mitre jig.

Two similar fret boards with 25" and 25.5" scale length grooves sawn.

Two similar fretboards with grooves sawn for 25″ and 25.5″ scale length guitars.

For mother of pearl inlays I printed out the designs on a A4 sticker...

For mother of pearl inlays I printed out the designs on a A4 sticker…

... and placed designs on a piece of MOP.

… and placed designs on a piece of MOP. A piece of plywood supports fragile pieces of MOP while sawing.

A few holes are drilled for jewellers saw...

A few holes are drilled for jewellers saw…

... which is used to saw out inlays. I use a spiral blade which can saw to any direction, verrrry nice!

… which is used to saw out inlays. I use a spiral blade which can saw to any direction, verrrry nice!

Inner areas are first sawn off...

Inner areas are first sawn off…

... and then the outlines.

… and then the outlines.

Lvcifer is starting to take shape...

Lvcifer is starting to take shape…

and HE IS COMPLETE!

and HE IS COMPLETE!

Inlay pieces are placed on fretboards which have been sprayed with white paint.

Inlay pieces are placed on fretboards which have been sprayed with white paint.

Outlines are copied on to fretboard with a scribe...

Outlines are copied on to fretboard with a scribe…

... and are milled with a Dremel tool using a Ø1mm bit.

… and are milled with a Dremel tool using a Ø1mm bit.

Test fitting, everything looks good!

Test fitting, everything looks good!

Clear two part epoxy with black iron oxide pigment...

Clear two part epoxy with black iron oxide pigment…

... are mixed together to make black glue.

… are mixed together to make black glue.

Plenty of which is used to glue down the inlay.

Plenty of which is used to glue down the inlay.

A custom CNC milled piece is inlayed into the 12. fret

A custom CNC milled piece is inlayed into the 12. fret

Glue is set and fretboard is ready to be glued on the guitar.

Glue is set and fretboard is ready to be glued on the guitar.