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... new week starts yay

Let´s fret some!!!


Fender oldschool Strat like frets


small ones rather


are my slots deep enough... i need like 2mm


dedicated fret slotting saw


cut his hand off!


and the other one!!! and the leg!!!


Hah..... now to something i have been soooooo waiting for 😄

I think before fretting is the best timepoint to oild it down once, ain´t it 😉

let´s go.. I decided to use the fancy stuff for first layer... i hope it doesn´t add too much own-color


looks damn transparent on the paper


yay, just one glimpse


time to use that wonderful tool for the first time


supeglue or standard glue.... i had decided superglue already but ultra-last minute switched to standard wood glue for it might be a lot easier in the re-fret process....... will i regret that????






the upcoming moment of fear




and it´s in and good


working from both sides... to devide the tension... probably totally unneccesary


ahhh... fine!



that´s fun work


approaching XII


and imprison him!


Yeah i like that a lot... better than expected



shorten those ends





filing those ends down


What a good flowing afternoon!
This is how it should have ended!

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... it did not however.....

when i was filing down the sides i noticed that some of the frets were moving. Not much, but noticeable and thats a NONONONONO!!!!!! Yes - potentially the woodglue could have fixed that when cured, but thats way too much risk on a point where we are handling playability. Just a NONO!! So...


first i noticed that only at fret V - so i removed it, cleanded the slot, used medium visc. super glue, hammered it in and just to make sure clamped it down properly...




.... of course in the curing time i couldn´t stop thinking and the thought that it´s unoptimal kept pushing my stomach harder and harder.... so i went down and started testing really intense on all the frets, and i found a 2nd one and a 3rd one where my pressure resulted in .... felt movement. Nothing to be seen and captured on a pic, but noticeable for sure...


So.... i started removing all frets of course...
I got lucky cause i only had one little tear-out spot and even that is mini and would be hidden almost completely or completely under the fret, and in no way a optical issue, i am gonna fix it with sawdust and glue i think before refretting.


and to prepare the slots - even better that time with a small triangular file so less breakout at refrets


Good thing ... i am very skilled in fretjobs by now i think, at least i am very satisfied with the results but i was scared of having to do or doing refrets. I´m not no more.


it was sunday - so no hammering ...


.... but will today or tomorrow....


In fact that´s my first major drawback and that´s good. I´m a problem solver, i like to quickly develop sollutions and learn from processes. It would be half the fun if it just went too smooth all the way, plus it makes aware to not develop sloppiness.

Life is cool. Rock!

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It was tuesday - so hammering...



starting on the 12th fret... that one was extremely problematic cause i had fixed the one end already... but managed to get it loose without damage....

fixed a few with superglue and hammer and just to make sure... i clamped them down while fixing from the other side


that went very smooth and the frets instantly built a unionlike state with the board


the last hammer to go down


i was afraid that the removal would have destroyed the frets, but all seems like perfectly in place...


looks good to me... let´s have a few closer looks


oh yes!



clamping also the other side while haveing to fetch my boy from school


back and... fileways


that old file is perfect for the job, i shall keep that in mind



let me dare some.... dead straight, yeah... of course i shall use a fretrocker of some sort for details, but it is not getting any better


also on the frontside



finishing that filing till i am leveled with the board and then like 60 degree angle








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Very nice. It all worked out in the end. I admire your patience to back track and do it right. I've always used super glue to stabilize the frets, and have always been tempted by wood glue. Did you give it enough time to cure? Titebond gets really hard when dry. I've heard of people using epoxi resin too...  The important thing is that that fretboard is looking really great. Love the grain on the wood. Well done!!!

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On 10/16/2021 at 3:26 AM, GoatHerd said:

Very nice. It all worked out in the end. I admire your patience to back track and do it right. I've always used super glue to stabilize the frets, and have always been tempted by wood glue. Did you give it enough time to cure? Titebond gets really hard when dry. I've heard of people using epoxi resin too...  The important thing is that that fretboard is looking really great. Love the grain on the wood. Well done!!!

Thx! Had i given it enough time to cure? No and yes... No when i decided to refret, that was right after 1 or two hours... But yes when i removed the frets again - that was over 24 hours later and it still did feel a bit moveable on certain points.
Assuming and fingers crossed that superglue will give in to heat in many years when there is the need to refret for me superglue is the way to go there. Of course epoxy will work fine, but with the curing time it must be clamped down and i don´t think there is a real benefit over superglue. I am happy with the result 😄 and have run in my next issue 🤣

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To remove superglued frets, you just need to use superglue remover. It will dissolve cyanoacrylate enough for you to pull out the frets w/out too much damage to the fretboard. But if you're using stainless frets you probably will never have to do it, as they're virtually indistructable.

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Yeah - hope so 😉

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The Quest goes on!


Dedicated fret end file .. i love ultra smooth fret ends with no chance to hurt yourself and no chance for the string to stick beneath


... some sanding and some fret rubbers to finish the finish there


that is absolutely what i am talking about


cannot wait to play those


... ans one wants to know where the fretboard s/he is playing


really was unsure if those plastic dots are really what i want to use... did a test and they look ok... just the way we all are used to.. slight problem - i must have broken my 2.0mm drillbit, hatd a 2.2mm - and decided to use it and fill the minigap - if any with sawdust and superglue

.... drilling


.... went well and here we go with inserting the first ones


quite straightforward


well.... i always need to know quickly where is my 5th and 15th fret... i hate quickly landing on 7th when i wanted 5th ... that´s rare ... but it did happen... so no not in my masterbuild - here 15 and 17 are white



sharp blade and sandpaper


useing the so produced sawdust with superglue to liff it all



sanding again


and on to another point of no return 😉


as the sidedots where a bit hard to drill with no guideholes ... i used my knowledge from there to not make the same thing again but create guideholes with that sharp drillbit


then go all the way with a small 3mm


and finish from both sides with the 10mm... unluckywise it was too old and just not good enough - see the tearout! Ugh...  Yes... of course that will be covered by the washer... but still having done something with great caution, even drilling in reverse before starting the real hole and resulting in a subpar manner... that´s unsatisfying... so....


... on to the fix with sawdust and superglue



yes, quite a good fix


on to sanding the body by hand a bit


Just had to try my machineheads there... i am planning to use those wonderful D´addario locking tuners with string-auto-cut

HAH... as i left the head 15mm wide thats just just just slim enough to make it fixable


Argh.. will have to file that hole a bit to have the tuners sit flat there... it might look like i coudn´t even drill a straight hole ... maybe yes, but that is caused by the fact that i added (or left) the upper side a lil bit curved for extra fancynesswhich led to that 1mm offset on the back... quite an easy fix that will not be seen later on ....



I am happy about that progress there.

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Let´s .... make sure it´s  even less complicated next time


... those guys will help with that, also the 2mm precision drills for sidedots

... and let´s do what i do best and like most  - fix some


one hole down

hmmmmm.... stilll .... what am i going to do with that connection line there... it will be covered or taken attention off by the tuners of course... but .. i dunno... we will see


almost at least shows the test


that is good






after a lil sanding to make it a tad smaller it will be a great headstock i think



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