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Frets for your violin!
A jig building and fret installing project to follow
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Fiddlerman
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You are right. I love it!!!
I had a similar idea I'll talk to you about sometime in the future. 🙂

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I received my 2 incoming violins today. Started the process of cleaning, sanding, scraping, and modifying for the new fretted fingerboard(s). Just thought i'd let everyone see what I get to play with!

It weighed about 413 grams total with the new fretted fingerboard. I still have to put on a nice clear finish, brand it with my new logo (yes brand it, as in a hot steel image burned into the wood) and then glue on the f'board and do all the assembly. About 3-4 weeks from now with my current schedule. I even managed today to set up my end mill and cut the lightening slot in the headstock.

More to come, should be a fun one with the lighted fingerboard.

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Fiddlerman
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All good stuff Dennis. Look forward to seeing more pictures as you go along.

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@cdennyb ...lovely violins.  Great work.

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Just a short set back, took some time off to do some other work that was necessary and then I needed to get a bench situated so I could easily work on this stuff. The outside shop was getting too cold so inside I came. I just decided to buy a nice wood workbench and move all my tools from various places to this one location. I still do the majority of the sanding and drilling and spraying outside but the delicate stuff is right in the house. Here's the new magic workbench.

It's raing here for a few days so I'm waiting for some sunshine and dryness before I spray the first clear coats on these two beauties!

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Looks like the harbor freight benches? I have 2 of them in my workshop and love them.

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YES! I saw that in the catalog with like 60% off Black Friday sale price and said Oh hell yea.

I added the overhead lights and the backsplash board though. Decided yto do a little router work on the edges to give it some class.

The double LED strip lights I installed are 12v and I have a dimmer switch and power supply for them mounted at the end og the table top.

I also found a bath matt rug made from that memory foam stuff and got it as well to lay on top of the tabletop, protects the wood of the violins and also is a very soft place to take a nap! LoL

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Great stuff. 🙂 Congrats on the purchase.

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The two newest additions are finished! Whooo Hoooo.

The left one has the full cross section red oak fingerboard, with black dots & 24 frets, binding is Poplar, and it weighs 750 grams and one part electronics.

The center one has the undercut fiber optic fretboard, red oak, 24 frets, binding is maple, and it weighs 737 grams and one part electronics.

The one on the right is the first one I did and it's a undercut maple fretboard with 3mm black dots, 24 frets, cocobolo binding with white 1.5mm dots and it weighs 771 grams/ with a two piece electronics package.

I've included a few pics of the process as it takes place. Trial fitting the bridge, trial fitting the strings to align the various parts, etc. Enjoy.

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Super nice 🙂

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Looking good!

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THANK YOU FOR SHARING VERY NICE WORK. Makes me want a 5 string.

 

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Terrific job Denny!  Beautiful violins! 

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Mark_1 said
THANK YOU FOR SHARING VERY NICE WORK. Makes me want a 5 string.

 

Mark

I have a couple you might like! Ha.

I really like playing on the lighted one! It's a real departure from the standard black ebony flat board... or even white dots on a dark wood board...

It's, wellllll..... modern. Perfect for playing in a "low light" venue like in a band or on stage as a backup player where the lead has the spotlight, literally.

Sure stands out in the crowd, and it's a unique instrument, and I think from my research you're looking at the first one, the one and only fiber optic lighted fretted fingerboard on a 5 string violin!

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I love that fingerboard, Denny. So cool!

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Started to search out laser engraving for the boards to better my image. I've managed to locate a company that will do it for a modest amount per board and instrument so future models will have either the fingerboard done or the instrument done whichever I choose to sell.

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The following video shows how fast they can do the logo on a maple fingerboard just prior to cutting the slots and so forth.

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Fantastic. I love it. 🙂

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Love the look of the new laser engraved logo 🙂 

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The laser cut logo is fantastic.  Great video too.

IT would make a cool tattoo.

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This youtube video discusses violin frets.

 

One thing they say is that there are two types of violin frets.

The first type is similar to guitar frets, where you place your finger behind the fret and the fret itself breaks the string.

The second type is different: the fret is used as a tactile way to locate where to place your finger, but your finger is actually breaking the string. These locator frets allow the violinist to place his fingers in the same place on both fretless and fretted instruments.

It seems to me that using locator frets would require the frets themselves to be placed somewhat flat because your finger straddles the fret and actually breaks the string just sharp of the fret.

 

Which type of fret location are you using?

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