How to Make Old Time Copper Wire Frets for Cigar Box Guitar

I'm building an old fashioned one-string cigar box guitar and decided to use copper wire frets.  Here's the simple way of doing it. 


You'll need

  • bare copper wire (found in the picture hanging section of a hardware store)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hammer (such as the C. B. Gitty Fretting Hammer shown here)

 

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2 comments

  • Mike

    Mike Chicago

    Thanks, Shane, I'm working on a gallon oil can/paddle board paddle guitar and this will be a good fret solution.

    Thanks, Shane, I'm working on a gallon oil can/paddle board paddle guitar and this will be a good fret solution.

  • Tom

    Tom Edmonton

    Shane, so cool, I’m gonna try it out, have some wire left over from a home wiring project. 14 gauge, a bit thicker. Thanks for sharing all the stuff you do. Tom

    Shane, so cool, I’m gonna try it out, have some wire left over from a home wiring project. 14 gauge, a bit thicker.
    Thanks for sharing all the stuff you do.
    Tom

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