Fretboard rolling

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by horax, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. horax

    horax Strat-Talker

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    Anybody know the best way to roll fretboard edges?
     
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  2. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Strat-O-Master

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    I’ve heard a screwdriver shaft is the way to go but have never done it personally. Also I believe that only works on rosewood
     
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  3. soulman969

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    I have done it that way on maple fretboards and it will work but it's kind of a crude method. I'd prefer removing the neck and lightly sanding it after clamping the neck into something for stability but lack a workbench to do that any longer.

    Others may have better suggestions.
     
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    Screwdriver shaft works for me.

    Did it on my Pau Ferro player series and Rosewood Dave Murray sig.

    No issues, just take your time, keep it even and make sure you don't do it on any part of the shaft that has engraved writing on it!
     
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  5. velvet_man

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    Get one of those sanding sponges used for painting. They're really fine grit, so they work slowly and leave everything feeling nice and smooth. Plus it also smooths your fret edges at the same time. Just go back and forth along the edge of the board at a 45 degree angle.
     
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    I used one of those fine files used for dressing fret ends, then finished with very fine glasspaper. Then levelled the frets and dressed the ends. I use the fret levelling bar longways held at a 60 degree angle to the fret ends, then round the ends off. My necks feel like custom shop ones when I'm finished with them.
     
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    I have a few that actually have a 45 degree angle on one end.
     
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    I didn't break out the protractor or anything. :p I guess I just meant "on a slant". That sponge isn't going to give you an actual 45 degree angle anyway. It just smooths and rounds everything nicely.
     
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    lol...didn't mean to imply anything like that. Just posted it for what the info was worth. Might be easier to keep the angle consistent whatever it ends up being. Dunno..find out when I try it. that video has peaked my interest in that method.
    Thanks.
     
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    Don't use abrasives on finished fretboards, unless you don't mind stripping the finish and making the neck look like ****.

    I've never used the screwdriver method, but it seems the best bet for maple and other finished fretboards. For unfinished ones, I've tested a couple of years ago on a very cheap guitar a combination of a razorblade to clear the very sharp edge and sandpaper to make a smooth roll, it turned down fine and very comfy, but the transition to the frets looked a bit crude upon very close inspection.

    The simplest and best method is IMO running a Scotch Brite along the edges a few times, made wonders in my Jackson - you gotta polish the frets afterwards, though.
     
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  12. billy1187

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    If it’s your first time, I would go slow and only very slight rolling and try it for a bit. Recently saw a slightly overdone case which left the owner complaining that he’s accidentally fouling his high E all the time.

    A lot of folks are doing this now and from what I can see a lot of them are guessing.
     
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    @6:50 he shows how he does it. Simple and effective.
     
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    Not at all, it cracks the finish and then crap and moisture can get under it.
     
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    Box cutter blade as a mini scraper along the edge between the frets then a quick once over with some 400 or 600 grit sandpaper.

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