Do SX basses have glued-in frets?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. I'm planning on refretting an SX bass neck - would the frets have been glued in? Do I need to heat them with a soldering iron before I pull them?
  2. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    Don't know, but my luthier said the frets kept popping out of mine when he was doing a dress.
  3. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA

    ...for how long?
  4. Did I say regretting?

    I meant refretting! Darn autocorrect!


    I might end up regretting the refretting, though...
  5. It doesn't sound like they are, then.
  6. JasonLamb


    Aug 17, 2007
    yes, always use heat to allow the fret to come out easier.
  7. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Be very careful doing this on a maple board. You'd be surprised how quick a fret can get hot enough to scorch your fret lines for you.
  8. Yeah, that was my concern! I don't want to scorch the wood or the finish. My soldering iron has an adjustable heat setting - how hot should I make it for heating the frets?

    Would it just be better to put a back bow in the neck with the truss rod? I saw that Dan Erlewine did this with clamps for taking the frets out of a maple fretboard.
  9. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    ;) Nice!
  10. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I'm not honestly sure so I'll wait for someone with more experience about the truss rod. That sounds kinda scary to me.

    As for the temp, it depends on the glue used. In this case it was probably some weird glue we've never seen before. Start low and wiggle the fret lightly back and forth to loosen it.
  11. Scratch the backbow idea - dumb.

    I have fret pullers so I probably won't need that much glue if any. Is the heat just for glue? I had a badly seated fret in my other SX and I pulled it with no glue issue (although there might have been some under the tang).