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At 5:49pm on August 6, 2011, Barbara Millikan said…

Thanks, Frank. Gather from reading around the edges that you're recovering from a quad bypass? Heal well, and thanks for taking the time. Missed you at the GAL, saw Alex there and talked about Tru Oil and finishes w him.



At 4:13pm on August 7, 2011, Barbara Millikan said…

You may notice that I also posted in the forum -- I asked you first, and then, reading others posts on your page, concluded that you could easily still be recovering from surgery, so I posted in the forum as well. Thanks again.


At 2:17pm on September 3, 2011, Ed Reed said…

Hi Frank,

I haven't visited Frets for some considerable time and two nights ago recommended it to a friend. I thought I'd check it out again myself and find it has all changed! I became a member hoping I would be able to read all those wonderful gems of luthier advice which were in list form and easy to navigate. Do they still exist and can I view them?

Thanks and I hope you are well,

Ed Reed

At 2:34pm on September 3, 2011, Ed Reed said…
Hi Frank,
The difference between FRETS.COM & FRETS.NET passed me by as so many things do these days!
Many thanks and take care,
At 2:26pm on September 9, 2011, mike carne said…

Took me just over a year & I still don't know why it worked this time!

Keep up the good work!

At 5:48pm on September 23, 2011, Phil Keener said…

Mr. F -

Is the rotary planer you referred to as the "chucker" happen to be the Craftsman carbide tipped rotary planer for radial arm saws ( model # 9  29513) ?  I have had one for many years and never had a problem with it. I did modify the cutter to make it safer, more precise, and repeatable. Are you familiar with this tool?

I hope you are doing well.

Thank You for making my daily life more interesting.

Best Regards,

Phil Keener

At 9:23am on October 5, 2011, Henry Nelson Matallana said…

Hi Frank,


You make an excellent point of the disparities in tension when alternate tuning is used. I also figure that the first four strings are the ones that get pulled the most, and perhaps it can even out the tension with the bass E,A.


I'll check in at Gryphon to see if I can get the guitar tweeked (re-set-up)while I shop, and or do lunch in your neighborhood. The B string is off a bit off.


Thank you,





At 4:14pm on October 24, 2011, Phil Keener said…

Have you seen this product?

Best Regards,

Phil K.

At 11:50am on October 31, 2011, keith angus said…
Mr. Ford: Thanx and I do hope that you're doing O.K. after your major re-build. Your admirer... Guitarelic
At 8:19am on January 15, 2012, phil harty said…

Hi Frank, Just joined yesterday. Would you have any info on a gibson A series mandolin circa 1904 No 3267 as this mandolin may have passed through your hands possibly as a repair job. I would like to know if any work has been done to this mandolin and its approx value as it has been offered to me for sale.

I like your site and have been playing mandoline for over 30 years, currently playing a Fylde Lucetta. please reply to

Regards Phil Harty, Lancashire, England

At 1:07pm on January 18, 2012, Rodney Smith said…
Hi Frank, You recently posted a comment on finishing in which you said that you never used vinyl sealer but used shellac as a sealer coat before applying lacquer. Can you explain why no vinyl sealer?
At 8:24pm on January 19, 2012, Ian Supplee said…

Nice to finally meet you or not meet but you get the picture. I just wanna say thank you for createing this page where i live i am the only young luthier in my small town theres one more but he didnt provide the info i wanted. I discovered you page and form thanks to Mr Erlewines book. I love haveing so many friendly luthiers help me out and set me on the right track. thank you for makeing this page in a small town its hard to belive theres so many of us out there. But thank you and hope you heal up well.

Ian Supplee

At 5:30pm on April 30, 2012, jerry bandfield said…

Hello Frank:

I really enjoyed your site, I visited it a couple times a week, and It is my favorite site on the web. My question is do you have any idea when it will be back on line. I really

look forward to visiting the site again.

Thanks Jerry Banfield

At 5:38pm on April 30, 2012, Frank Ford said…

Jerry  -

FRETS.COM was down only for a day or so during the transfer to the server at NetworkSolutions.  It has been running normally, and should continue to.  Do reload your browser page to make sure you're not reading "cache" copy.

At 12:45pm on May 31, 2012, Wes Yates said…


A few years ago, I came upon while building cigar box guitars. Since then, I have come back to your luthiers tips over and over to glean some really great ideas and instruction on guitar building.

This Kay archtop project guitar of mine has be going back to your pages more and more to learn the howto's I need to fix this beauty.I'm having to reference neck removal and reseating, fretting (more than I know already), repair and finishing. I am confident that this Kay will come out stunning if I keep in mind what you wrote.

Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge.

-Wes Yates

At 4:33pm on August 27, 2012, Dave Richard said…

Hi Frank, I am trying to put together an 'air harness' to prevent finish damage when steaming off a neck.  Your description on the Frets. Com site(using adjustable cooling hoses) is very helpful.  That rig uses compressed air, but I seem to remember your posting a description using a shop vac for the air supply- is that correct, and, if so,  where can I find that description?

Thanks for two great sites, Dave Richard, Corinth, VT

At 4:50pm on August 27, 2012, Frank Ford said…

No real description needed - I just made a little adapter from 1-1/2" PVC pipe to use as a manifold and connected those flexible hoses to it.  The flow from the output of my shop vac gives more CFM, so it works better than the air compressor.

At 8:37am on September 20, 2012, B4 said…

No problem Frank. And thanks for a truly amazing site!

At 4:48pm on November 20, 2012, Paul Verticchio said…

Hi Frank.

I'd like to lodge a formal complaint against the user registered as RETROROD.

He has been making personal attacks & insults against me.  His behavior is unbecoming to this forum.

Granted, we all have professional disagreements occasionally, but he crossed the line with his personal (not professional) insults and attacks.

I suggest he be issued a 'warning' or (hopefully) be banned from further participation on this forum.

Sincere thanks,


At 10:09am on November 21, 2012, Paul Verticchio said…

Thanks so very much Frank.

After a good night's sleep & rest, may I ask you to disregard my request for de-registration?

Thanks for your words of encouragement.  I'm working with my physician to manage my ailment.  It's especially frustrating as it's onset happened so quickly.  I went from 60 to 0 in a matter of weeks. Oh well, so goes life(:

I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health & driving issues.  My "day job' career was in the public sector traffic safety field.  What you experienced is pretty common AND can be overcome. The heck with the machinery; I'm happy to hear you're doing well now.

Thank you again, sincerely.  I'm going to be ultra selective about my responses from now on.

With the utmost respect & appreciation,

Paul (:

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