Hi all, I'm new here, learnung luthier stuff.
Been working on the fret ends of this fender neck, they were sticking out on both sides in such a way, the thickness of a credit card. Not really acceptable.
So I used the lightest tape I had to project the fretboard when working on the fret ends, without taping over the edge, even taking care removing the tape in the length direction of the neck and even then some finish came off on some fretboard parts as you can see. After I filed off all the end, I still have to finish a lot of sharp corners, burrs... 2nd stage stuff, but I do not dare to put any tape on there. So, 1. how can I fix this the easiest way and 2. how to proceed for the rest of the fretwork ?
Good one , Robert!
Just my own 2 cents but I in my opinion, being able to fix or build a guitar is a completely different skill set than finishing it. I've seen quite a few well built or repaired instruments with bad finishes. I've know several wood crafters that jobbed out their finish work because they could do beautiful wood work but couldn't get a finish right to save them. It's just a different skill set that is often not taken into consideration when a project is undertaken..
To me, that is what it is all about. I keep learning new things. I haven't had to throw anything out yet and I often learn more from my mistakes than anything else. It's do-able, just don't get into a hurry.
Phew.... what a quest.... learned already a lot of things on the way, as well as here on the forum.
If I'm finished and happy with the result, I'm going to post a little post mortem.
So far a pain in the *: The existing finish is ridiculously thin! Adding some poly on a spot, np, but when sanding is flat, sanding trough the esisting poly around the spot is extremely easy... So getting everything level is a royal pain.
So far, the brownish poly I got seems to match fine colorwise. Also found out that poly retouch is not the easiest thing since poly finish do not dissolve anymore.
on with the quest.