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Fret bending devices

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I have come to the conclusion that I want one. Anybody building them? Anybody have the stew-mac one? I am building my first fretted neck without one and am not pleased with the results. I am going to continue on with it just for the practice though. Any other cheaper alternatives for the fretting tools sold by stew-mac?
  2. I can't really think of anything cheaper than the purpose-built pliers offered by Stew Mac that won't mar the fret, or crush the tang.

  3. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Here's mine. The fretwire feeds through a hole in the bottom and the tang rides in a groove in the radiusing block. Works perfectly, built from scrap, didn't cost a dime.
  4. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    I use the Stew Mac FretBender. It's a bit pricey, but it sure makes life easier! I bought mine about 10 years ago.
  5. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    David, besides me, you & Hambone how many other folks who hang out here have birthdays on November 20th? This is getting a little freaky.
  6. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Hey! Happy Birthday Bud! (early) :D What year were you born?

    There is a statistical thing that goes something like if you are a room with 30 people, at least 1 will have the same birthday, as far as day of the month.

    I can't say I've meet that many myself!

    BTW, you make some fine looking basses. I've been out of it for a while, but I'm looking to start building again... now I just need a work shop! :meh: (ahh, apartment living...)
  7. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    HBD to you too. I was born in '63.

    Get them powertools fired and lets see some photos.
  8. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Ah... '57 here!

    Photos I have...

    Two set neck basses... #2 and 3 of 4. The bass on the left is my main axe, and also my platform for experimentation.... hence the ever changing pickups... my next project is to wind some pickups to replace the EMGs. They will be low impedance.


    A through neck fretless


    An eight string:


    And a guitar:


    Some more stuff I don't have pics of...
  9. Happy, Happy, Happy BDay to you guys too! :hyper:

    I was born in '58 - nothing special about 47, just another year older without that "wiser" part muddying up the fun!
  10. You KNOW that I've got something for this don't you?...

    I'll post a pic later when I get home.
  11. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Happy birthday to you too!

    We should all get together and make a November 20th bass... (I already called my model the Scorpio) ;)
  12. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses
  13. November 20th = Bass Builder Day ;)
  14. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    You've got to be freakin' kidding me! I just clicked on the link for the lastest supporting member "KayCee" over on the left side of the screen and his birthday is November 20th!
  15. Here's my little gizmo...It's a design taken from a "wiping shoe" style tubing bender. It's made of Sintra - a 1/2" thick expanded rigid PVC foam board. There's a grooved around the edge and a hole drilled in the center of the groove down towards the center of the disc. I bend my fretwire 90º and stick it in the hole, then bring the shoe around and press the fretwire into the slot all the way around. The disc is 7" in diameter. No magic in that number, I just kept going back to the bandsaw and chopping more off until I could get the wire to stay in a tight enough radius after it sprang back. I use fairly tight fretboard radii anyway so I've got to keep it close.

  16. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
  17. you ARE the quintessential king of DIY! :)