70's Fender P refret.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by stanknuckle, Feb 4, 2013.


  1. stanknuckle

    stanknuckle

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    Hi all, can anyone lend some advice on refretting an early 1970's P neck please? I'm aware of the side on fret installation. But it's the getting them out that is the issue. Rosewood board too...
    Cheers!
  2. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

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    Removing sideways installed frets is not difficult if you are courageous and have good hands. Use a steel point and hammer to make a dimple in the crown of the fret near the end that went in last. Then angle the tool to move the fret out of the slot a quarter of an inch or so. Then grab it with a pair of pliers and pull. The fret will slide out like a drawer.

    A steel point can be made by grinding an old nail set to a sharp narrow point. The size used to set finish brads is best but any hard steel rod will do.

    This is not a job for the casual tool user. It is very easy to slip off the fret with steel point and make a large hole or plow a huge trough in the fingerboard. If you are not handy in the extreme, please allow a professional to perform this task.
  3. narud

    narud Supporting Member

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  4. stanknuckle

    stanknuckle

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    Awesome fellas thanks heaps. Just what I was after.
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