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Supergluing a fretless fingerboard - how much glue do I need?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Nov 29, 2012.


  1. I'm going to be supergluing my fretless fingerboard. How much glue do I need?
     
  2. abemo

    abemo

    Feb 27, 2012
    Arvada, co
    Unless I'm seriously misunderstanding your intentions here, forget the glue, and buy some epoxy. Its cheaper, better, easier to work with, etc.
     
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  4. Where is it cheaper? I can't find a small enough amount to make it cheap. Every option I've found is too much quantity and too expensive.
     
  5. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Use flatwounds and then you don't have to super glue or epoxy at all!
     
  6. I'm going to use flats but the fingerboard is maple - gotta finish it somehow.
     
  7. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    If the neck is smooth with no cut out slots for frets, and you are gonna use flats, just put some birchwood casey gun stock oil on the fretboard and it should be fine!

    If frets have been pulled, tape off around the slots, fill with black auto body putty, lightly sand smooth, go Birchwood Casey and you should be fine.

    Perhaps other TBers have some other advice for you.
     
  8. It's a fretted neck so there will be fret slots. I'm gluing white plastic strips into the slots and then I'll radius sand down to the wood. I have some Tru-oil and that sounds like a good idea. Easier for sure! Thanks!
     
  9. loend68

    loend68 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    NH
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    Do a little digging around here on this....when they talk about superglue I think they use something similar that you can buy in larger bottles. Search around under 'superglue' and I think you'll find some similar threads. And as far as the putty goes, you have to be careful because it will fill in all the chips on either side of the slot and you won't have a clean line.
     
  10. abemo

    abemo

    Feb 27, 2012
    Arvada, co
    Its cheaper compared to the volume of superglue you would have to buy. Around here (denver colorado) the big hardware stores sell marine epoxy for about 10 bucks, give or take, compared to 3-5 for a tube of super glue, but you'll need several tubes and extremely fast application, with a ton of sanding afterword.
     
  11. I'm definitely not using putty. It's my understanding that the filler needs to be something that doesn't compress because the force of the strings will be forcing the fret slots together. Putty or wood filler will eventually squeeze out somehow. Luckily it looks like I won't have wood chips around the fret slots, just poly coating chips, and I'll be sanding off the poly anyway.
     
  12. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
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    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    No. No. No. No. No. No. No.
     
  13. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    No.
     
  14. What exactly are you trying to say here? :D
     
  15. I didn't think so.
     
  16. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses

    First, forget about tubes of hardware store superglue; you need to get a bottle of water thin CA. Sand the fingerboard to 600g at least, assuming you have done all the necessary rougher sanding & truing. IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA, rub small amounts of the CA into the fingerboard, using nitrile gloves, or similar; I've done this with my hand in a plastic bag. You should be able to tell when you need to sand a little, it won't be between every coat.

    It's surprising, the build & hardcoat that can be attained with this method.
     
  17. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    If they're gonna censor curse words, "putty" should be on the list, in any fretless/defretting thread...;)
     
  18. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Yea, verily.
     



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