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The next series of pictures are of the fretting process. I’ve always liked rosewood as a fret board material, mainly because of its acceptance of the fret tang during the fretting process!

Ebony, on the other hand, is much harder and tends to chip and split as a result. In cases where I use ebony the fretting process is usually done with a press. I like the feel of hammering frets in place, it seems more organic in nature. I can feel the frets seat against the rosewood, even the sound off the hammer changes.

The reason for the taped sandpaper is to control slipping of the fret board while being fretted. I don’t like to clamp the fret board in the process – it needs to move a bit under the pressure of each tang as the fret is hammered home.

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