Every Plek machine comes with core functions which are included in the initial purchase price. Beyond the core functions, extra software add-ons are available, either for purchase, or – for subscribers of our Plek Standard service plan – on a “pay-per-use” basis.
The fretboard, frets and string positions are measured under real or simulated string tension along each string. The scan results are then displayed on-screen as intuitive graphics.
VIRTUAL FRET DRESS
The Virtual Fret Dress lets the operator see the measured fret heights, buzz values, current and recommended fingerboard and fret-plane relief, as well as providing a way to adjust the amount to be leveled off the frets, while controlling the remaining fret height.
The frets are leveled and crowned by a specially Plek designed fret-cutter head (FCH).
The nut cutting function covers the string slots and optional cutting of the surface of the nut top. All angles involved in the cutting process (e.g. headstock, splay and nut surface angles) are fully adjustable.
AVFA stands for “Automated Virtual Fret Dress Adjustment”. This is an automated version of the Virtual Fret Dress which automatically suggests a setting according to operator-defined tolerances. It can then be programmed to either wait for confirmation or proceed automatically. This is a time saver for production, but not recommended for custom or repair use.
This add-on makes it possible to plane the fingerboard on the basis of a previous scan conducted under simulated string tension. All relevant parameters such as compound radius and the fineness of the surface finish can be factored into the planing process.
BRIDGE PINHOLE MARKING
This is a feature for acoustic guitars only. Bridge pinhole markings are based on the scan results for each individual guitar, so that the pin holes are located in the perfect spot. Please note that this feature merely marks the pinhole position, and does not actually cut the holes.
FRET SLOT CUTTING
The width and depth of the fret slots that you intend to cut can be defined in accordance with the radius of the fretboard, along with the scale, and other relevant parameters. It is even possible create a “natural binding” by not cutting through the entire width of the board. Slot width can be cut to accommodate fret tang specs.
NUT POCKET CUTTING
This feature makes it possible to cut “Strat-style” nut pockets.
The acoustic saddle can be placed in a built-in vice for cutting, to meet a predefined string action. Either the top or the bottom of the saddle can optionally be cut.
SADDLE SLOT CUTTING
This add-on makes it possible to cut a slot into an acoustic bridge. The placement and measurements are based on the results of a previous scan, so that the lineup, string spacing and length compensation will perfectly fit the given instruments specs.
SERIAL NUMBER READER
A serial number reader is available which enables the integration of a barcode scanner into the manufacturing process.
Nut slot cutting for “paired” strings, e.g. 12-string guitars/mandolins.
The template add-on is designed for a manufacturing situation where identical actions are carried out on a series of identical instruments. Templates contain all the recurring properties of those instrument models as well as the parameters of the Plek processes to be performed.