Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: flat fret stock

  1. #1
    Registered User John Bertotti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    SD
    Posts
    2,477

    Default flat fret stock

    Curious but there isn't a lot of supplies of bar fret material. I wonder anyone ever think of using Stainless Feeler gages for frets? I think it is on the soft side but perhaps it could be hardened?
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

    Creativity is just doing something wierd and finding out others like it.

  2. #2
    Registered User doc holiday's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    alberta
    Posts
    1,118

    Default Re: flat fret stock

    For bar frets... TJ Thompson is your man https://proluthiertools.com/product/bar-fret-wire/

    feeler gauges would be way too thin.

  3. #3
    Registered User John Bertotti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    SD
    Posts
    2,477

    Default Re: flat fret stock

    Thanks! I'm going to have to measure my Vega again I think it is smaller than what he has.
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

    Creativity is just doing something wierd and finding out others like it.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.W. Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,811

    Default Re: flat fret stock

    If it is for a mandolin they don't have small enough frets, too bad. You could have some rolled to thin them out tho.
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

  5. #5
    Registered User John Bertotti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    SD
    Posts
    2,477

    Default Re: flat fret stock

    Yes and kind of leads into what I was thinking. I have seen feeler gages .030, .032 and up as high has .045 and there may be others. So I was wondering feeler gages and shim stock come in all sorts of thicknesses. I don’t know what composition they are but if the stainless or spring steel was a suitable composition perhaps it could be pressed into service for mandolin frets. Maybe the pieces would have to be heat treated maybe not. Just a thought.
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

    Creativity is just doing something wierd and finding out others like it.

  6. #6
    Teacher, luthier
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Southeast Tennessee
    Posts
    943

    Default Re: flat fret stock

    Stainless would be very difficult to work with.
    Your best bet is to have some re-rolled.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •