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Fret Overhang
© Frank Ford, 3/16/00; Photos by FF

When refretting a bound fingerboard it's usually desirable to undercut the tang so the fret end overhangs the binding.

But, if the frets are undercut too far, the ends have a hard time staying tight against the binding:

See? I can stick a sheet of paper under the loose end:

And, a treble string can get caught there if it slides off the fingerboard:

A fret that catches a string like this will become even looser.

To minimize the loose overhang, I always try to undercut the frets as close to the binding as possible:

Keeping the tang cut close to the binding is especially important with wide or multiple fingerboard binding:

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