Mind Riot Posted February 12, 2009 Report Share Posted February 12, 2009 So, I'm working on this build, and I'm at the point where it's time to glue the fretboard on. I use the method where I hammer in and then nip off two small finishing nails and press the dry fretboard onto them for alignment, then spread the glue and move it around until it slips onto the pins before I clamp. Done it twice before, worked great. I don't know what I did wrong, but for whatever reason THIS time the fretboard slipped slightly off center at the body end and I didn't catch it until it was dry. So now the fretboard is slightly skewed from the nut to the body end, and if I cut and taper it properly where the frets are straight and perpendicular to the strings as they should be, the truss rod will be slightly off towards the body end. Here's some particulars: Neck: three piece African mahogany, center laminate flipped, scarf jointed 13 degree headstock Fretboard: Pao Ferro, 26.4 inch scale Truss rod: LMI two way Reinforcement: Two 1/8" by 3/8" by 21" carbon fiber strips running a half inch on each side of the truss rod. Now, at the nut end the truss rod is perfectly centered. At the body end, the board somehow slipped slightly to the bass side, so by the end of the board the truss rod is off center toward the treble side by a little under 1/4". There is enough fretboard to taper things just fine. There is no chance of me carving into the truss rod or carbon fiber channels, this won't be a terribly thin neck. I can still cut the headstock as normal. So basically all I'm wondering is if the truss rod being slightly off to one side at the body end (and the CF as well, of course) will cause any problems down the road as far as neck twisting or stability. I can always route off the fretboard and buy another one, but I don't want to trash it if it won't really make any difference in the final guitar. Particularly since the CF is in place, the rod is LMI's top of the line, and the headstock end is fine and it only goes off center slightly toward the body end, I was hoping I could just go with it and it would be fine. None of it would be visible in the end. Any and all thoughts appreciated! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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