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Learn Secrets For Perfect Guitar Fretwork (Online Video Course)

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Guitar Fretwork Mastery Part 1: Fret Preparation & Installation

What Is “Guitar Fretwork Mastery Part 1”?

Guitar Fretwork Mastery is part 1 of a multipart online video course designed to help you deliver better playing, more stable, and more consistent fretwork on your guitars.

  • Preparation & Installation: Part 1 focuses solely on the preparation of the neck, fingerboard, fret slots, and frets; as well as the special techniques for installing the frets themselves.
  • Leveling, Crowning & Polishing: Part 2 focuses on leveling the frets with a compound radius technique, accurate fret crowning, and how to polish the frets and fret ends for a flawless look and feel.
  • Go Beyond Step-By-Step: The course is carefully and thoughtfully laid out to help you improve the fret work on your next guitar by going beyond just the typical step-by-step instruction, and explaining in simple terms the forces at play behind the scenes.
  • Improve Your Fretwork: By gaining a deeper understanding “WHY” as well as learning time-tested techniques and secrets, you’ll be empowered and better equipped to more easily and precisely prepare and install one of the most important parts of your guitar – THE FRETS.

Add “Great Fretwork” To The List of Freatures On Your Next Guitar!

Guitar Fretwork Course - Tom Bills Master Luthier“If you’ve been building guitars for any length of time you probably know that the quality of the fretwork can make or break your guitar.

Even though your guitar might sound amazing, if your fretwork is NOT absolutely perfect, the great sound doesn’t really matter! The player won’t feel comfortable and it won’t become his favorite guitar.

I created this new course to give you my tricks, techniques, and secrets that I spent many years developing and perfecting, and that I still use on my guitars today with great results.

With these same techniques that I will be showing you, I have been able to meet and surpass my client’s expectations consistently from guitar to guitar, year after year, and even beat the PLEK on three different guitars tested over a three year period!

Here’s just a few things you will be learning in part 1 of this course:

  • Fingerboard Prep: It all starts with the way you prepare and radius the fingerboard itself and that is where this course begins.
  • Fret Prep:Then I show you my secrets for preparing the frets for easier installation and a perfect fit.
  • Fret Installation: Next I reveal my unique system for installing the frets to ensure a solid and stable seating for tone and long term playability.
  • And Much More:There is so much more that I can’t cover it all here, so check out the course overview below.
    I believe this will be a lot of fun and will help you build better and more playable guitars!“- Tom Bills – Master Luthier

    Course Outline: Fretwork Mastery Part 1

    Section #1: Getting Started

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    The quality of your fretwork can make or break the outcome of your guitar. In this section Tom gives you an overview of the tools and other import concaeps in preperation for the follwoing lessons.

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    Section #2: Preperation


    In this section Tom shares his steps to preparing the fret slots and other areas of the fingerboard to ensure the easiest radiusing and fret instalation possible.

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    Section #3: Radius Sanding

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    Mastering your fretwork starts with understanding how the fretboard behaves on a deeper level as well as accurately executing the radius both of which are covered in this section.

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    Section #4: Fretboard Engraving

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    Learn the unique considerations and techniques for getting better quality engraving work on the inlay in your fretboard prior to the final radius sanding.

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    Section #5: Fine Sanding/Buffing

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    This section teaches the final steps to preparing your fretboard for frets, to help ensure an easier installation process as well as a better looking and playing final setup.

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    Section #6: Fret Wire


    Many luthier’s choose their fretwire based on size only, this section explains many other important concepts and considerations to help you choose just the right wire.

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    Section #7: Fret Prep 1

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    In this section you will learn Tom’s tricks and techniques for the first phases of preparing the fretwire for an easy and smooth installation.

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    Section #8: Fret Prep 2

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    Fret preparation continues in the section and cover more advanced techniques such as sizing the tangs to fit the fret slots for desired fret slot compression and more.

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    Section #9: Installing Frets 1

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    Learn about the tools and basic setup for installation Now that we laid the groundwork in the previous lesson, our fingerboard and frets are prepared and ready to install.

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    Section #10: Installing Frets 2

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    Like many aspects of guitar making, The key to properly installing frets lies in the subtleties of the technique. Here you’ll watch Tom demonstrate and explain his special techniques.

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    Section #11: Finishing Touches

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    Once the frets are in there are a few special tricks Tom will show you here that ensure better fret dressing and better long term stability and playability.

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    Section #12: Resources

    In this section Tom provides a detailed list of each tool and supply that he uses throughout the guitar fretwork mastery course for easy sourcing of important supplies.

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    • Tools
    • Materials
    • Supplies
    • And More

    Want To Learn Techniques To Do Better Fret Work?

    Quickly & Easily Learn How To Improve the fretwork, Playability, & Set-up Of Your Next Guitar.

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    Videos Designed For Convenience & Easy Reference

    Videos are delivered via our premium online streaming service in HD quality.

    Videos are broken in to short bit sized pieces for better retention of material, more convenient viewing and to assist in easier future reference.

    No need to scrub though long videos, with just a couple clicks you can find just the information you need and get back to preparing and installing your frets.

    11 Video Sections

    59 HD Quality Videos

    Start Learning To Master Guitar Fretwork Today!

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    About the Author

    TomTom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom guitars for the top players and collectors around the world since 1998. Tom is also the author of the guitar making book/DVD set - The Art Of Lutherie - published by Mel Bay, and has written for and been featured in may publications both in print and online as well as several television and film spots. You can view and learn more about his guitars by visiting his website: tbguitars.comView all posts by Tom →

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