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The last of the fret filing jigs. . .
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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

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