GarageRocker Posted June 10, 2004 Report Share Posted June 10, 2004 Hi all, I'm ready to order some fretboards and fretwire for my first couple of bass necks. I plan on buying from Luthier's Mercantile and having them slot and radius the boards to 16". I have heard their fretwire is very nice so I also planned on buying their jumbo fretwire FW110 which is a .110x.050 wire. Then I noticed there's a big difference in the tang depth of the various sizes. The FW110 is .054 deep while some of the others are noticeably deeper. I will not be binding these boards, so naturally I don't want noticeable gaps under the wires that I would have to fill with a lot of superglue, thick finish or wood filler. So I called them up. They told me that when you order both slotting and radiusing, they radius the slots to match the board radius, and in any case the slots are .085 deep. Now I realize that the compression from pressing or hammering the frets in will take up some of that gap, but it seems to me that there would still be noticeable gaps under all the frets if the initial difference between the tang depth and the slot depth is .031. Would I be better off to order something like Jim Dunop 6100 or the Stewmac equivalent? The tang is much deeper at .075 and I could live with the slightly higher crown. Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Could the compression from fretting make this barely noticeable? Have any of you used LMI's wire and their radiused/slotted boards? Sorry to be long-winded, just want to make myself clear. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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