Re: How d'ya REALLY defret???

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Posted by Tim on May 01, 2000 at 01:46:10:

In Reply to: Re: How d'ya REALLY defret??? posted by El Pájaro on April 30, 2000 at 15:37:11:

: : I've searched the daylights out of the Web to find professional info on
: : defretting. No luck. I either get the www.sgdesign.simpleton URL, or
: : references to it.
: : With no antagonism to Sean, the author of that page, it seems a little
: : like the blind leading the halt. That is, he seems to not do this sort
: : of thing on a regular basis, thus finding the pitfalls, etc.

: : BTW, I want to do a good craftsmanlike job, so comments like, "Next, ya
: : yank out them frets...) Seems to me pulling frets is critical to keeping
: : the fingerboard in good shape.

: : Thanks for all comments, mostly......Dan `8-)

: Hi there Dan,
: I'm no luthier, mind you, but once I read a column by Rick Turner (one of the most respected luthiers around) in Bass Player mag (it was an old issue; try contacting BP's website for details), in which he explained how heating the frets is critical for a good defretting job. In his opinion, heating the frets with an iron helps to soften the glue that attaches the fret to the fretboard, thus making the actual defretting easier and less prone to "chip" or dent the fingerboard. Rick also commented about how important is to fill back the cavities where the frets were glued, too. He recommended using a mixture of glue and wood dust.
: Anyway, I strongly recommend you to find that article. Hope this helped.

EL, is right about the article, I remember something about it too, especially the heating part...
I have seen the books by Dan Erlwine. I need to get my own copies though,
but Dan Erlwine's shope books are a must. U can usualy find them in the Stewart-McDonald (stew-mac) catalogues.
Dan is a master craftsman, and give's step by step of fretting and defretting (heck, why stop there, make your own bass or guitar!)
about $24.00 will get the book, at least you have all the info there for total repair and mantainence.
good luck
Tim Schnautz

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