“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Manual Slotting System



"Many Thanks in advance. I have your manual slotting system and I love it! It's so easy to set up and a joy to use - awesome product. Always a pleasure to do business with you. You have exceptional products and service".— John Dixon, Canada

Fender™, Gibson™, PRS
24", 24.625", 24.75", 25", 25.5"
Martin™ Dreadnought
Martin™ 00 and 000
660mm, 650mm, 655mm, 640mm
Banjo, tenor
Banjo, plectrum
Bass scales
30", 34", 35"
13.75", 13.875"
13.5", 14.7", 15", 17", 20"
648mm, 670mm
Our highly evolved fret slotting system has been used for many years by hundreds of luthiers, including many well known professionals and repairpersons. As the price had climbed out of the range of many luthiers, we took a look at how to improve it and reduce the price. We think you'll be pleased.

The miter box is assembled from reconstituted HDPE (high density polyethylene) making it less expensive and "green". We have added bearings to the surface that guide the saw, making the jig much easier to use. The hold downs for the fingerboard are much more effective than the previous design. Best of all, you save over $100 on the price.

This system is designed around our large selection of precisely machined polycarbonate slotting templates, so this tool will enable you to cut accurate fret slots for many scale lengths. Each template has two scale lengths with at least twenty-four frets. We offer the most commonly used scale lengths in our fretting templates (classical, steel string, electric, banjo, bass, and mandolin); in addition to these, a multitude of scale lengths are possible simply by taking any fret position as the nut.

The miter box is tailored to our SWB fret saw. The kerf width on our saw is .023", just right for our fretwire and most standard fretwires. A fret saw and one template of your choice are included in the system.

The system will accommodate up to 3 1/2" wide boards and can work with any smaller size that is large enough to be clamped. It works efficiently and effectively and can pay for itself very quickly.

HomepageVIDEOtipsRed75How to assemble and use
the LMI Manual Slotting System

by luthier and instructor Robert O'Brien.

Our FRETTING TEMPLATES are also sold separately.