Refret Tutorial

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

  1. MBrennan

    MBrennan Senior Member

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    This is a great tutorial--Thanks for taking the time to post them.

    I've got an old maple Kramer neck in need of new frets and have been putting off trying it myself -- 'til now.

    I use my drill press for a fret press also. One thing you didn't mention--be careful turning on the work light on the drill press!? :shock:

    Can't wait Chapter 4! :thumb:
     
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    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Damn right! :thumb:
     
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    I'm fairly new to this forum, and I must say that for you to take time to produce these tutorial videos is absolutely fantastic! they are a pleasure to watch and you do an outstanding job! keep em coming!!! That goes for all the great luthiers on this site!!! THANK YOU!
     
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    Tim Plains Senior Member

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    Great video. :thumb:
     
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  5. Penny Dreadful

    Penny Dreadful Banned

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    It takes time to put together these videos. I really appreciate the step
    by step walk throughs. :applause:
     
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  6. Mr Teeny

    Mr Teeny Senior Member

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    Very concise videos as usual Freddy, how much harder is it to re-fret when there's binding on the guitar. Not talking about the nibs or saving them just when the fretboard has binding.
     
  7. Freddy G

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    Not a huge difference, but as I stated in the video, the slots are a bit harder to clean out. Also you have to undercut the tangs. But the one thing that's easier is that you don't have to file the tangs flush to the neck and risk scratching the finish.

    Here is the next part.

     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    I envy your patience, Freddie. You're a great tech. Thanks again for the tutorial. :dude:
     
  9. Mr Teeny

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    Thanks, do you snip the tangs to size then file the tang off for a flush fit to the slot size. I've an old guitar that's just not worth the cost of a refret so may bite the bullet after this tutorial and give it a go.

    I took the plunge a month or so ago and refinished a guitar using the advice from yourself and others on the forum. Did the wet sanding and some buffing yesterday and gotta say I'm over the moon with just how flat and neat it's actually turned out. Certainly wouldn't have got anywhere near that result without the clear bits of advice on here of how to do things properly. Been times along the way when I've wondered what the hell am I doing this for but once you make inroads you wonder why the hell didn't I do it sooner.


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  10. Penny Dreadful

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    I have had dead spots on guitars over the years, and it never occurred to me that
    it was the fretwire itself. I always thought that the truss rod needed a tweak.

    Just a heads up to my fellow thread followers that Freddy has recorded these videos
    in high definition. I click on the HD1080, go to full screen and enjoy!

    Thank you again Fred for sharing!
     
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    These videos are so freakin' great! Thank you so much Freddy!!:applause::thumb::D:applause::thumb:
     
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    Same for me, thanks a lot! Others are charging $$ for such a detailed lesson!:applause:
     
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  13. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    I use this Stew-mac fret tang nipper...works great!
    STEWMAC.COM : Fret Tang Nipper

    That red finish looks great BTW...nice job!
     
  14. Penny Dreadful

    Penny Dreadful Banned

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    This thread is helping alot of people and its very detailed.
    May I suggest this being made into a sticky?

    Mods?..
     
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    Wow... Congrats on the sticky! :)
     
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    drewguitars Senior Member

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    Thank you so much for taking your time and doing the video's, i really like your way of doing things, you have the skills and the patience .
    This info will come in handy when i'm starting my first fret job...
    PS , i would let you refret any of my guitars anyday..
    Great work
     
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    OK, that was simply fantastic. Thank you very much for all of your work putting that together.
     
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    I really appreciate your tips Freddy. I'm just finishing up my first fretboard and used your x-acto blade trick to wick a little glue under the fret ends, it worked great! Before I was messing around with a capillary tube that kept getting clogged. I have some CA glue from a model shop that came in a little bottle that easily just puts a nice drop on the x-acto blade and the fret really soaks it up right off the blade without running all over the board.
    :thumb:
     
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    amazing.. very helpful tutorial.. I could've used it a couple of years ago when I started cutting the frets from the first fret up and came short.. :s

    one thing though.. I haven't seen you check the slot depth to the fret's tang.. did I miss it somewhere??
     
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    You're right, yes of course you should always check the fret slot depth. I glanced over it on this neck because I just compared the new wire tang to the old wire. If I were doing something like planing the fretboard to take a warp out or just rejuvinate the surface because of wear then I would most definately be checking the slot depth against the tang length.
     

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