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#815302
I do want to refret my tele at some stage and make a new nut for it so I could be keen.

I have my own basic tool kit that I made up with help from the forum.


...unless I sell the tele before I start.
#815306
Zaulkin wrote:I do want to refret my tele at some stage and make a new nut for it so I could be keen.

I have my own basic tool kit that I made up with help from the forum.


...unless I sell the tele before I start.


Sounds good, just pm me when you're ready, we can organise a time and place then send an open invite to others if they want to join in.
#815307
AiRdAd wrote:Do you have a list of things you need, because it's something I'm going to start doing :-)


I don't really know what I'm doing yet or what I need more of, once I get my tools I'll practice on cheaper guitars I have lying around until I build up confidence.

I would like to make a fret rocker, rather than using a credit card ha ha.
#815309
Voxshall wrote:
AiRdAd wrote:Do you have a list of things you need, because it's something I'm going to start doing :-)


I don't really know what I'm doing yet or what I need more of, once I get my tools I'll practice on cheaper guitars I have lying around until I build up confidence.

I would like to make a fret rocker, rather than using a credit card ha ha.


I got a reasonably priced fret rocker from AliExpress ages ago. Well made (steel?) and all the edges are true when measured against straight edges I have.
#815315
codedog wrote:
Voxshall wrote:
AiRdAd wrote:Do you have a list of things you need, because it's something I'm going to start doing :-)


I don't really know what I'm doing yet or what I need more of, once I get my tools I'll practice on cheaper guitars I have lying around until I build up confidence.

I would like to make a fret rocker, rather than using a credit card ha ha.


I got a reasonably priced fret rocker from AliExpress ages ago. Well made (steel?) and all the edges are true when measured against straight edges I have.


I have one of those. I don't know if it's straight though, as it will topple over if you try to stand it up on its edges. Because of that I used a ruler I got from stewmac ages ago.
#815318
I'm too busy to teach....but, use this thread and ask me questions along the way. Happy to share what I've learnt.

Some real big first points...refretting maple, vs rosewood, vs ebony, vs bound/unbound, vs Rickenbacker etc etc....all require different approaches. Vintage wood too is VERY different from newer wood. Try lifting out an old fret from a vintage Fender rosewood neck without due care and you will have an ugly mess.

Also, the way the manufacturer put the frets will dictate how you approach some of the work. It's all actually quite complex if you want to be able to cover a lot of ground.
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#815367
Lostininverness wrote:Grant, do you ever put in any extra fall away (what ever the term is) on the last few frets?


Yes, sometimes there is no option. Vintage Fender's often have a "rising tongue"! You can't get rid of that without removing wood, and it's usually not a huge issue. So, I tend to install taller frets, ensure a straight line from the majority of the neck and then using my levelling bar, focus on taking the rise out, and sometimes just a little more.
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BY Bg
#815369
GrantB wrote:I'm too busy to teach....but, use this thread and ask me questions along the way. Happy to share what I've learnt.

Some real big first points...refretting maple, vs rosewood, vs ebony, vs bound/unbound, vs Rickenbacker etc etc....all require different approaches. Vintage wood too is VERY different from newer wood. Try lifting out an old fret from a vintage Fender rosewood neck without due care and you will have an ugly mess.

Also, the way the manufacturer put the frets will dictate how you approach some of the work. It's all actually quite complex if you want to be able to cover a lot of ground.


Indeed, its better on some to remove the frets sideways.
Always learning :)
#815391
Voxshall wrote:
Zaulkin wrote:I do want to refret my tele at some stage and make a new nut for it so I could be keen.

I have my own basic tool kit that I made up with help from the forum.


...unless I sell the tele before I start.


Sounds good, just pm me when you're ready, we can organise a time and place then send an open invite to others if they want to join in.


Likewise, will keep that in mind. Probably going to be busy for the next little while unless I have a really clear weekend.
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BY Bg
#815412
You're welcome to do it at my place, I have tools ;)

I have practice necks too :D

I'm reluctant to teach as I may have bad habits, but happy to help out.
#815434
codedog wrote:
Voxshall wrote:
AiRdAd wrote:Do you have a list of things you need, because it's something I'm going to start doing :-)


I don't really know what I'm doing yet or what I need more of, once I get my tools I'll practice on cheaper guitars I have lying around until I build up confidence.

I would like to make a fret rocker, rather than using a credit card ha ha.


I got a reasonably priced fret rocker from AliExpress ages ago. Well made (steel?) and all the edges are true when measured against straight edges I have.


Thanks, I'll have a look.