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Postby lightninboy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 6:12 pm

How many here have done their own refret?

Its $360 AUD here, way too much.
For that money I could buy a whole set of luthier tools and DIY.

I've never done a refret, or even a recrown, but how hard is it really?
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:31 pm

Check it out over on http://www.frets.com/

Sounds like a fair amount of work, but anything's doable if you have the tools, time, and understand what you're about. I haven't tried this.
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Postby lightninboy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:54 pm

Thanks rico, but the link wont link.
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Postby lightninboy » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:10 pm

I found it, cool site, thanks.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:14 pm

It's one of those sites that requires the "www" to work. That's SO '90s. A terrific site, nevertheless.
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Postby Mississippi John » Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:59 am

I once did a partial fret job on a friend's cheapo mandolin. It is that difficult, but I would suggest you order at least some of the specialized tools, especially the pliers that evenly press the fretwire into the slot. I advize this because it easy to damage (chip) the slots when trying to get the fret into place.

And definitely build something to give the neck really good support so it is not damaged when you' eapping and hammering the fret into place.

If you're handy and careful you should be ok.
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Postby Mississippi John » Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:03 am

And now that message WITHOUT the annoying/confusing typos ...

I once did a partial fret job on a friend's cheapo mandolin. It isn't that difficult, but I would suggest you order at least some of the specialized tools, especially the pliers that evenly press the fretwire into the slot. I advise this because it us pretty easy to damage (chip) the slots when trying to get the fret into place.

And definitely build something to give the neck really good support so it is not damaged when you are tapping and hammering the fret into place.

If you're handy and careful you should be ok.
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Postby ricochet » Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:08 am

John, there's an "Edit" button at the top right of your posts that works for a while after you post. I use it a lot, because I see my typos a lot better after they're posted.
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Postby grady » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:06 am

I just got finished doing a fret job on my Martin JC-16WE Premium a few minutes ago.
That guitar isn't two years old yet and it was in dire need of a Fret job.

My advice to you is to be very cautious and very patient.
Work slowly and check and re-check everything quite often.

Just one too many passes with a file on a particular will do unrepairable damage.
You'll end up putting another new Fret on the thing.
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Postby slickcat » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:45 am

That guitar isn't two years old yet and it was in dire need of a Fret job.






Grady,
Your a monster...with the "KUNG-FOO GRIP" :shock:
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