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Classical Guitar Fret Slotting Template

The classical guitar fret placement template is used to create the slots in the fingerboard of the guitar for the frets. The template is used with a table saw sled demonstrated in the guitar making DVD. Created with CNC accuracy the template has both standard and compensated (from the book and DVD) fret positions and is made of .220″ clear acrylic. Available in 650mm scale length.


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The classical guitar fret slotting template is made of durable .220″ thick clear acrylic. The template has  3/32″ slots to locate fret positions. These slots fit into a pin on the table saw sled used with most fret slotting systems. Use of the template with the table saw fret-slotting system is fully demonstrated in the classical guitar making 10-DVD box set.

For ease of use this template does not have a “zero” fret slot. The first slot is for the first fret. This makes trimming the end of the board for that critical 1/2 string length easy. Fully illustrated positioning instructions are included.

The fret positioning template provides two fret slotting options, the standard rule of 18 fret positioning, and a compensated fret positioning as described in the guitar making book and 10-DVD box set. This compensated positioning yields a slightly better approximation for improved intonation up and down the fingerboard.

If standard classical fret wire is used, best results are achieved with a .025″ thick blade and stabilizers on either side. This template is available in 650mm scale length only at this time.

(verified owner)

I already had a slotting template for 650mm but not Johns compensated template for 650.On several of my builds I have compensated all six strings for intonation instead of the pesky B string. It’s interesting how that can make a difference. I’ll be interested in using this template on my next Classical build

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Weight1.5 lbs
Dimensions11 × 4 × .5 in