Jan 26, 2015

DIY Fretcam

          What's that strange wooden device there?  Why, it's a guitar headstock fretboard camera mount of course!  A "fretcam" mount like this is a simple device (like a tripod) for mounting a camera to the headstock of a guitar, allowing a camera to video down the fretboard as you play.

          Construction was simple, just three pieces of wood cut and sanded to 1/2" x 1 1/2" x either 4 1/2" (shorter two pieces) or 5 1/2" (longer piece).  The two shorter pieces are held together by bolts and work as a clamp to hold on to the headstock.  The longer arm at 90 degrees holds the camera by it's threaded mount.  I drilled five different holes through the longer arm, which allows the height to be adjusted, and the camera can be tilted to the desired angle.

          It's not perfect, but it's easy to make and quite effective if used right.  Below I have some examples of the fretcam in action.

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