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There are a few online fret calculators that will give you the fret spacing for any given scale length.

 

  • FretFind2D. lets you print a multiple page template.  Enter you scale length and other info and click Submit.  Then on the next page, request PDF Files (multiple pages).  Use tape or spray adhesive to attach it to the fretboard and a straightedge and razor knife to scribe the position
  • The StewMac Fret Calculator can give you fret measurements for many different instruments. It doesn't print a template but will give distances in inches or mm, it's more precise to choose mm.  When measuring, always measure from the nut, it's more precise that way.
  • WFRET is a downloadable application for Windows computers.  I've also attached it below as a downloadable file.
  • Scale Length.com Downloadable PDF Fret charts for over 60 scale lengths
Anyone else have solutions?

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Hey Ted Ive been trying to open wfret on my work mac for a year with no luck. any advise???
Wfret is a windows only application....there are a few emulators that allow you to run windows apps on a mac. There are probably a few good fret calculators that run on a mac OS.

http://www.neilturner.me.uk/2007/01/05/running_windows_programs.html

Maybe some help here...
Thanks JK!

JKevn said:
Wfret is a windows only application....there are a few emulators that allow you to run windows apps on a mac. There are probably a few good fret calculators that run on a mac OS.

http://www.neilturner.me.uk/2007/01/05/running_windows_programs.html

Maybe some help here...
For Mac users like me, I use Fretfind 2D. Be sure to specify "multi-page PDF" as your output, and it creates the file for you. Save it, print up a few. Give 'em to your friends.

http://www.fretfind.ekips.org/2d/standard.php
Hey Randy, here would be a good place to post the link to that fret chart you use. You can also post it here too please.
Here are 3 string non-taper fret scales from FretFind presaved as PDFs.

They go from 11"-25.5" in half inch increments.

Yes, I was incredibly bored one day....
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Just a reminder on fret sspacing calculators. I use FretFind2D. You can input enough info so it even gives you string spacing from the edge and to each other, use it to cut the nut, even shows you where the bridge goes and string spacing there if it's a tapered neck
Have you looked at: 

http://www.bellyjellymusic.com/ 

the calculator is done in MS Excel, you can change the distance between the Nut to the Bridge and it will update automatically.

 

I just tried to use the fretfind2d calculator and couldn't get it to work. I've used it before and loved it. Don't know what happened to the site but glad some one made a file with tons of scale lenghts. It's a life saver.Thanks Randy Webb

I just tried it and was able to download a pdf of 25.5 scale length, 24 frets, .25 inches fret overhang and 1" string width at nut & bridge.  What you do is scroll to PDF (multi page), click Save to Disk and choose where to save it on your computer.  I already have all the scales I usually use saved as a PDF and open them to print the template.  I print it, tape the 2 pages together, trim it to size and use a light coat of spray mount to put it right on the fretboard.  I score the fret lines with a razor and then use my Harbor Freight pull saw to cut the fret slots.  I also use the template to mark the nut and saddle slots and cut those with an Xacto saw and finish with the torch tip cleaners.

If it doesn't work for you let me know what specs you need and I'll send you the PDF to print.

FretFind2D is hands down the best!!!

EDIT:  I just added FretFind2d.webarchive to the post up top as an attachment.  It downloaded it to my computer and when I clicked it and worked, not sure if it'll work for anyone else.

Maybe its my new computer, certain sites have been acting different with it. Could be the windows 7 but not sure. I couldn't get to the save button. Everything else looked the same.

I got it to work on my older computer but I did find that it printed it out of scale. I'm trying to build a fretboard with a 25.5" scale. But the 12th fret always comes out at 12.25". Shouldn't it measure 12.75"? Any thoughts?

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