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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:49 pm 
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Had a plywood body Epiphone Les Paul laying around doing nothing, so I decided to make it fretless. Had planned to inlay some maple or honey tupelo veneer in the slots. Pulled the frets, and surprise! They were notched and the neck had wood binding on the fingerboard. Very nicely done, too.

Instead of using veneer, I used baking soda and CA in the slots, packing it down well with a 6" scale. Did two applications, then sanded the board level. Another surprise - the fingerboard had been dyed black, and underneath was an attractive piece of something... it had no odor when sanding. Hit it with Howard Feed'N'Wax and it darkened right up to a beautiful satin sheen.

New strings and action set very low at both ends... Makes all the right rowr-rowr noises, but I think I need to up the string gauge from 10's to 12's. Might help the sustain above the 10th fret, and besides - no more string bending required.

Some photos of the finished fingerboard.

https://i.imgur.com/S1RRYm4.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/uD0G3pu.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/FbP4YO9.jpg

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:08 am 
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Looks great Chris, very cool!



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So after all these years you're finally fed up with all those intervals playing out of tune? beehive

Looks super cool!



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:53 pm 
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One of my clients has popped for it, saying he wanted to explore microtonal music....

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:26 am 
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Conor_Searl wrote:
So after all these years you're finally fed up with all those intervals playing out of tune? beehive

Looks super cool!


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