Deepening Fret Slots On Bound Boards

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  1. Kossoff6

    Kossoff6 Senior Member

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    I have had tons of great advice on here from many different people over the years so I figured someone could help again. Wanted to know how you would deepen the existing fret slots on a bound fret board to except a jumbo fret with longer tang. Obviously with an unbound board its much easier. Theres a lot of information about fret sizing but not so much about the tang depths and Ive come to realize almost all jumbo fret wire has different tang lengths. From what I gather Gibson fret slots are cut around .070 deep. But jumbo wire has a tang length of around .075. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    I have the same saw, great stuff.
     
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    If I didn't have a re-fret saw, I'd remove the binding and then reinstall after I was finished.
     
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    If I didn't have a refret saw... I would buy one.:)
     
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    Ummm....just measure the slot depth once you pull a fret. That being said, I have refretted many Les Pauls and have never had to deepen fret slots. A .075" tang is not a problem.
     
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    Really? Thats great news. Someone on a FB forum posted a picture with a fret slot gauge ona 13' SG he was doing. It to appeared to only be .070 or a smidge higher. Couldve been the angle of the picture he took. Thanks
     
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    Hey thanks for taking the time to give me your input and advice guys. It's very appreciated. I was going to buy the refret saw, but i wasnt sure if the dremel kit stew-mac sells would be easier. Probably slower but much cheaper with the saw anyways. And thanks again Freddy for all the videos.
     

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