Refret Tutorial

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  1. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Hi!
    I've had a lot of inquiries about fret work and refrets so I have decided to document a refret job on my bench. Rather than posting a lot of pictures and trying to explain it all by typing I thought it would be more effective to just video the process while I actually do the job and explain my techniques and potential pitfalls along the way.
    This is the first in a series of video blogs. Many of the pros here will find this stuff remedial, but I hope this helps someone less experienced.
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    I just want to be the first to say thank you for this...

    Ok, now I have to read what you said and watch the video :)
    -great sweater by the way
     
  3. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    For those of you wanting to grind your own nippers, you can get a pair that size from Harbor Freight for $1!
     
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    Top man Freddy - thanks for taking the time. :)
     
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    WOW! Thanks Freddy, very informative for we beginner's! So any chance of putting these on DVD? Looking forward to the next installment.
    Thanks again!
     
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    dudu Senior Member

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    Thanks Freddy! Would you please consider documenting a LP refret that includes nib redoing?
     
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    thanks so much Freddy
    this is fantastic, just what i needed. building a 355 so i'll be using my knowledge learnt from this to do the frets.
    waiting for chapter 2.
    again, thankyou!
     
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    Love it! Thank you thank you!
     
  9. Penny Dreadful

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    I enjoyed that post Fred. Done with surgical precision as always!
     
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    freddy, i know guys like me cannot thank you enough for showing your very own tips and techniques.
    seeing work done like yours really inspires me to take my time and to get a grasp on every aspect of lutherie
     
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    I agree, its a wonder to watch repairs unfold before your very eyes and
    be walked through it step by step. To actually do it yourself though?
    I know my limitations, thats why I leave it to a professional.
     
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    Fred, with your several references to ebony, I guess what you're really trying to say here is I should stop playing my Custom. :laugh2:

    Great thread. I'm now an expert refretter. :thumb:
     
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    Thatks for that, Fred.
     
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    This actually had me chuckling when you punted the camera and left it in there. I guess we all have our days. ;)

    Thanks, Fred.
     
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    Thank you for another great video, Freddy. I like that you did not speed up the process in any way. In addition to the great tips and techniques you share, it's great that the video also illustrates the patience needed to do this right.
     
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    Thanks for sharing Freddy! Dan Erlewine uses a soldering iron tip with a channel ground into it to keep the tip from slipping off the fret, have you experimented with that at all? On the surface it seems like that would help eliminate some of the possibility for error....what do you think?
     
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    It would definitely be harder to slip. It should put more of the tips surface area on the fret, too. Maybe it would heat faster, or more evenly? I like it!
     
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    Sure why not! There are many ways to do things, so whatever works eh?
    I'm pointing out the hows and whys. If you want to use specialized tools that you feel more comfortable with, then use them! I know that I don't have to grind a channel because I've become so accustomed to anchoring my hand that I have never slipped. Although, I like the idea of grinding a channel in the tip, not for slipping insurance so much but for a different reason...it will contact more fretwire and transfer the heat a lot faster. But I will say, there are a lot of what I consider "gimicky" tools out there...Stew-Mac has a lot of them,after all they are in the business of selling stuff so they will come up with a specialized tool for every task you can think of....so decide for yourself what you really need.
    Stay tuned, the next chapter is almost ready and I think you'll like the real world "meaty" info in there. I run into some problems and show you how I get out of them etc.
     
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    You have the precision of a surgeon, good job Freddy.
     

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