Saturday, August 9, 2008
the hands of Leo Knapp
Leo is dressing the fingerboard of a Fender Stratocaster prior to refretting. By using a sanding block he's able to "true" the fretboard. Trueing the fretboard makes it possible to take less metal off the frets during the computerized fretmill (PLEK). Less metal off the top of the fret means a longer life for the fret. Leo is fond of pointing out that wood was never intended for guitar building. It evolved as an integral element of the earth's ecosystem. He tells us stuff like that because he's confident we'll listen.