I've done a bunch of stuff to the Guild since the last post. For one thing, I glued the little chunk of inlay in the fingerboard. I need to get a picture of that and will soon.
The main progress has been on the frets and fingerboard. I recut the fret slot for the 15th fret using my trusty humongous and very sharp Japanese fret slotting saw. That thing is scary just to look at.
What we do first is adjust the truss rod so the neck is straight. I use a long straightedge (you can see it in the background) to ensure the frets all touch it.
Then I mark the fret tops with a marker.
What we're doing here is getting all the fret tops level with each other. I sand with the block until all the marks are gone from the frets. The fret tops are now level - but are flat on top. They need to be crowned.
The crowning file has a rounded shape - file the fret tops and they become rounded.
The two frets on the right are crowned, and the ones on the left are not. See how the ones on the left are flat on top? Compare those to the crowned frets which have a nice rounded top. That's the shape they all should be.
You gotta have crowns if you want to play in tune.
When you work up to the 800 grit, the frets are nice and shiny and smooth and most of the file marks are gone.
I like to file the fret ends so they're nice and smooth too - you can't snag your finger on one.
I did 5 passes on this guitar - 30 years of dirt is gone. The board looks like new.
The binding on the edge - the double lines - were filthy. Now they're white again!
I'll use a conditioner and some lemon oil on the board as well and it will look even better.
It had yellowed over time, so I'm hitting the fingerboard binding with a couple of coats of yellow nitro toner I mixed up. It matches the yellowed bindings perfectly. I think it looks strange to have white and yellowed bindings on the same guitar, so this will make it all match again.
The fingerboard is masked so I don't get toner on it.