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- Mar 23, 2009
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Fret rocker can be handy, at least figuring out if it's a high or low fret causing the issue.The "fret rocker" is another one I don't get.
Every tradesman, from Luthier to electrician, probably has at least as many home-made tools cobbled together to meet an immediate need than they do purchased tools.A friend of mine made a form for bending the sides of acoustic guitars, it's heated by a 250W lightbulb.
Fret rocker can be handy, at least figuring out if it's a high or low fret causing the issue.
Ya... ultimately, you're still going to raise the action or send it to "the guy"
Their new fret rocker with the diamond abrasive embedded?
Ya... You should love that one... it'll probably generate a lot of fretjobs for you after people screw up their frets trying to spot level with it.
Well, I've got so many things going on, it was an oversight on my part. I had it on a list, but failed to look at the list.
This is what happens to cantankerous old shits like me who are extremely busy with guitar builds. We get CRS syndrome.
Thing is, this used to not be a problem. You could simply call SM and get service.
However, you still can get a person on the phone at LMI. Good folks.
Once I ordered some fret board blanks from LMI. They sent me my boards.. But they also sent me three ebony boards as well.
I called them (my point here is that I could), told them the mix up, and offered to send them back the ebony boards, as its quite a chunk of change for premium ebony, and they could just knock the shipping off my next order to compensate me.
..They told me to keep the boards, and thanked me for the offer.
I think we all did prior to 2000 or so. The Fox bender was really the only way to bend sides at home. Until someone smart figured out you cause use the heating blankets for hot water pipes. I still use the fox bender, but haven’t plugged the light bulbs (3 of them in mine) for many years.A friend of mine made a form for bending the sides of acoustic guitars, it's heated by a 250W lightbulb.
....gotta be careful how I say this....a certain kind of luthier/tech whose ego is stroked by having at least one each of every specialized gadget in the catalog. ("I don't have a left-handed No. 0 ultra fine cut fret end file, I must order one and then my life will be complete...until they come up with another new gadget!" ....Many of which are completely unnecessary and are simply convenience items, or, dare I say it, just a reinvented wheel.
They call it the "Fret Kisser" and it's $125So is a piece of scrap just-about-anything. = fret rocker.
"Their new fret rocker with the diamond abrasive embedded?
Ya... You should love that one..."
Wait. what?.. Diamond abrasive?
So what, it cuts just the place on the fret the fret rocker touches? Sorta notches it, does it?
Yeah, I do fret jobs. Damn right, folks. I'll even give a SM fucked-up discount. You use that shit, you bugger it up, take it to Desert Star. We're offering a 20% discount on fret jobs that are sent to me because of SM toys.
I'm not even kidding.
Luthier's Mercantile InternationalCS working from home can ,make calls, but more importantly answer them too.
Who is LMI?
Well, I am one of those guys who have just about every tool in the SM catalog. At least up until they were sold a few years back. For 30+ years I made my own tools whenever possible and still have some I use. But I repair and restore guitar for a living. Many of the specialized tools from luthier sharper image (StewMac) just work better, faster and easier. Most tools pay for themselves in one job. Oh and if I buy something and it doesn’t work as described, I can return it (or sell it for almost full price on eBay).
I know you were not specifically talking about me or my type/level, and I don’t want to defend StewMac‘s policies or pricing but I wanted to make clear for aspiring lutheirs and those of intermediate level that having the proper tools can and does make all the difference.
BTW: I placed my first order from StewMac in 1974 or 1975. The new owners and computer system don’t know me from Adam. I might as well be a new client.