(Prev: Fret Board Crowning)

This can be one of the trickier aspects of instrument building because Tightbond adhesive is very slippery until it begins to set up! Trying to hold a centerline on two ends gets interesting as the viscous nature of the adhesive rears its ugly head. All one can do is allow the glue to begin to set, then slowly start the clamping process …

The fret board must be right on center with the body, neck, and the neck joint! Any angular discrepancy will show as the instrument is strung up, so this is a critical step …

The 14th fret is the location where the neck and body meet, so the measurements start there – the headstock end of the fret board “floats” down the neck and ends rather randomly (it is supposed to end up where the nut covers the headstock overlay). You’ll see in another shot what I did at that l spot.

The green rubber bands create an even clamping pressure and tend to self-center the fret board on the neck – however, one still has to hit the centerlines, so vigilance is necessary in the early stages of the assembly as the glue begins to cure.

(Next: Finished Neck)