I'm not sure who took this picture, but it looks like someone has attempted to make some fret-markers that look like the original Gibson Mastertone markers. The one in the middle looks flawed, but on the whole, I'm impressed! You will remember me talking about my "magic 21st" fret yesterday and my thoughts along the lines of doing something like this. Only, my marker is maple rather than mother of pearl. How and earth could I pull this off?
Perhaps I could etch the words, fill with paint and do it that way? Only one way to find out!
(Photo courtesy of Banjo Brands)
Do you remember my drilling efforts on the Kingcaster Electric Ukulele Build? I'd tried my hardest to get the holes all properly aligned and spaced, but I couldn't quite pull it off. I don't know why, but this morning it was bugging me that there must have been an easier way. After a little bit of research, I think I found a possible solution: by using a simple fence. Will it work? There's only one way to find out!
Lastly, I'm seriously thinking of varnishing my banjo with a brush. I have tried this in the past, but have tended towards aerosols more recently. Can I do it all by hand and then finish it smooth with sandpaper? There's only one way to find out!
Next up I etched the numbers with my Dremmel. It was tricky, but as you can see I managed all the numbers without going too far wrong.
My intention was to paint the slots and then sand.
This is what the wood looked like after being painted. I had to put my glasses on to get this right :-(
It looks pretty tidy from this distance, but to be honest, I was having second thoughts even at this time.
Having made a fret holder, I should probably have a go at making one of these! This is a fret wire bender as made by TallPaul of Brisbane. Could I make one? There's only one way to find out...
Finally, I've pulled together my recent musical demos into a sort of EP called "The Black Pirate Demos". What I really need is someone to help me to turn these into real songs. Or maybe they're real songs already?