The final slot depths are somewhat a matter of taste on the part of the player, and a matter of skill on the part of the guitar tech. A tiny fraction of an inch deeper or shallower can make a big difference in action, especially in the first five frets or so. A slightly higher slot yields a more lively action in this area of the neck.
Our next move is making a nut for this guitar. This component is one of the most important found on any guitar. No matter how beautiful your fret work is, the nut will make or break your guitar. Many people take a nice nut for granted. That’s because a guitar won’t work right without one. Even the cheapest production guitars are usually sold with a functional nut.
When I left off, I had just finished pressing 22 stainless steel frets into the maple fingerboard of an ’83 Squire Telecaster. The next job is to file down the fret ends. They are sharp now and easier to work on after this step. Using a smooth-cut file, I ride down the little tabs of the frets along each edge of the fretboard. Don’t over-do it. Make passes in the “cut direction” of the file until the edges of the fingerboard feel smooth.
Here's the latest news from the "people who steal guitars from caskets" department: A grounds superintendent at Wisconsin cemetery has been accused of stealing a $2,000 Fender Telecaster from the casket of a man who had recently died.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the case of those guitar enthusiasts familiar with the guitars of Fender Japan (Fujigen), or MIJ/CIJ as they are commonly known in Fender circles, we’re not just talking imitation—we’re talking major collector’s vibe.