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This is a quick demonstration on just how easy it is to fret your guitar. Demonstrated by Big Daddy from www.backporchmojo.com for his friends at the Cigar B...

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Comment by Darren "Big Daddy" Dukes on February 14, 2011 at 8:33pm

Diane I am sure they work fine.. it's no knock on alternative materials or methods... I was just curious as to the time  of one method vs the other.  I thinks its great the creative process of using things like cotter pin or??? necessity is the mother of invention after all.   

Wow 2-1/2 years.. time flies, huh!! I remember when you hit the forum, doesn't seem like that long ago, but here  we are all those instruments later, cool huh!! 

Comment by Diane in Chicago on February 14, 2011 at 6:38pm

As far a playing, the cotter pins work really well.  The 3/16" is just the right size and I had no problem laying them in nice and square.  You have to look real close to see they are not traditional fretwire.  But, alas, they do pop out now and again and you have to glue them back in.  And maybe I was lucky, but my necks were super flat and true and I did not have to "dress" or level, they were just fine from the get-go.

 

I've probably built about 75 instruments by now, counting ukes and mountain dulcimers.  It has been about 2 1/2 years since I first laid eyes on one and  had to have one of my own.

Comment by Darren "Big Daddy" Dukes on February 14, 2011 at 4:30pm

how many fret jobs have you done now Diane?? 

out of curiosity.. whats the time comparison from  cotter pin fret (if memory serves) to std fret wire??

Comment by Ted Crocker on February 14, 2011 at 1:37pm
Thanks Darren!  You can't believe how many times I've had to search YouTube to find this and link it for someone here.
Comment by Diane in Chicago on February 14, 2011 at 12:19pm
Yup, he made this for me!  Thanks, Darren --  you changed my life!

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