Refret Tutorial

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Freddy G, May 8, 2011.

  1. Taller76

    Taller76 Senior Member

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    The tip is just a plain ol' tip that he ground a notch into ...I dont even think stew-mac sells it....not a fan of pissing money away there...guess I will have to grind one down and see how well it works...thanks for the videos
     
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    This will be incredibly helpful for if/when I need to refret something.

    Thanks Freddy.
     
  3. Penny Dreadful

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    Fred, does the way the wood is cut have anything to do with the difficulty in getting
    the frets to come out? The Eric Johnson is 1/4 sawn. Does it grip the fret tang any
    different than just a regular cut maple neck?
     
  4. Freddy G

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    Very perceptive deepblue!
    The answer is yes.
     
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    Freddy please post 2nd video :thumb:
    i can't wait to see next part
     
  6. The Refugee

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    Very nice Freddy!

    Would you consider taping off in between the frets while doing this, so in case a mishap happens you should still be okay?
     
  7. Ace1432

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    :cool:
     
  8. Freddy G

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    I just tried to upload the 2nd part this afternoon and the upload failed! grrr...I'll try again.

    Great idea! But for myself, my hand is pretty steady.
     
  9. Freddy G

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    Chapter 2 :)

     
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    Glad to hear, was just making sure that was a viable option (knowing my luck I would try it and the guitars would self destruct.)
     
  11. Ace1432

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    freddy, you are my hero.

    i really like the level of professionalism you portray in your videos; ive seen some pretty sloppy tutorial vids out there.

    these vids are great because i have some 70's SG's that are needing a refret pretty badly and im building up more and more confidence to tackle them
     
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    Greg,

    I was getting tense just watching you work in the first video.

    You must have nerves of steel and steady hands to do great fret work.

    So labor intensive it's amazing Luthiers can make a living doing this stuff.

    I just curious how heating the fret makes it easier to remove? Wouldn't the heat make the metal expand and thus hard to pull out? I a complete neophyte at this stuff so maybe I'm missing something here?

    Great videos and thank you for taking the time to share this stuff.

    P.S. It's great to hear the 'ol Canadian sometimes, eh?
     
  13. Freddy G

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    I'm glad you're getting something out of it!

    First, if the fret has been glued in it will break the glue. Heating the fret transfers the heat to the wood, slightly plasticizing the wood cells so that it can slide out without the wood crumbling. This same heating technique works for removing tailpiece post bushings for instance.
     
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    Completely did not think of heat transfer to soften the wood. Very cagey and delicate technique.

    Thanks Fred and keep up the great work.
     
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    Great videos! I'm enjoying watching them.
     
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    Great Tutorial :applause:
    Impatience waiting for next episode
     
  17. Freddy G

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    Chapter 3 :)


     
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  18. The Refugee

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    Hammer as a thumbnail? Must be a good sign! :thumb:

    Edit: Just finished watching the video Freddy. Very informative and helpful, makes me want to go out and buy a strat just to have some fun :laugh2:

    Can't wait until the dressing the frets portion, I always hear that's difficult involving stainless steel frets. Time to see what all the hoopla is about.
     
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    Thanks. Very helpful.
     
  20. Ace1432

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    woohoo! awesome vids freddy, keep em coming!
     

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