Like many luthiers, I cut my fret slots using a special type
of mitre box with various scale length templates.
Here's my modified StewMac jig.
The fret slot templates are commercially
available and are machined extremely accurately out of stainless steel, to
ensure that the instrument is in tune with itself. The trouble with this kind of jig is that you can be
limited to your choice of scale length by the templates that are available.
For Peter’s mandola, I wanted to use a 410mm scale length
which needless say isn’t available “over the counter.” So I was very pleased
when I came across Carlos at GW inPortugal
who makes templates to fit the StewMac jig and was willing to custom
make one for me at, I might add, a
And here’s the mandocello; it’s just been set-up and I’m now
working on some pin-point capos….more on those later!
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