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Therealfrogman
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illegal is a sick bird....
Nov 27th, 2017 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And I have a strat neck I think I will put on it. Doing a refret on it now, first time for me.. The body is loaded with the stock pups and it's the burst with the double binding. The neck is rosewood and has 22 frets and I really do not want the overhang so I think I may cut that puppy off.

Anyone ever cut a defenseless fingerboard ?

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Nov 27th, 2017 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sure. It's easy as long as the last fret's slot isn't near the end of the neck (where the maple stops).

But why cut it off? It's not going to interfere with anything.

Therealfrogman
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Nov 27th, 2017 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess I was thinking about clearance over the guard.

Te 52

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Nov 27th, 2017 10:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Strat neck presumably has a rounded heel, but the Tele body will have a squared-off neck pocket. If you leave the overhang, it will cover up the gaps in the corners which you will otherwise have.

Mick Reid
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Nov 28th, 2017 02:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Te 52 beat me to it...

...so what he said :^)

Therealfrogman
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Nov 28th, 2017 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That makes allot of sense. I will post some pics when its done.

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Nov 28th, 2017 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I just saw this and though 1st off of the different heal shapes. I've had Strat necks on Teles before. No issues.

Therealfrogman
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Dec 4th, 2017 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This body is the 3 tone burst and the quality is pretty good. I love the binding! The chinese factory that makes this model is putting out a nice piece of wood.

I have a maple tele neck that was for another project and it is a perfect fit! Looks great.

Almost done with the strat neck.

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Dec 4th, 2017 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is a nice-looking burst.

Bubbalou

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Dec 9th, 2017 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice Tele

Therealfrogman
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Dec 9th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got the fret job done on the strat neck yesterday, so here it is with the final neck.

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Mick Reid
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Dec 9th, 2017 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice work frogman!
You happy with the way it plays and sounds?

Therealfrogman
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Dec 10th, 2017 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, I pretty much just got the neck to fit so far. It fits well and everything is straight but that's about it. I think I have learned allot as far as fret install goes but I have lots of questions... I put some Jescar pre radiused fret wire on it ($9.99) the slots on the neck are very deep and the tangs on the fret wire were not even close but they were identical to the frets I pulled out of it. I used Ca glue on all of the ends to keep them down, it cleaned up nicely with de-bonder.

I need more experience :)

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Dec 10th, 2017 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is how everyone learns to do this stuff.

Nice work!

Mick Reid
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Dec 10th, 2017 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, good stuff frogman. Doing a refret is my next goal of DIY progression.
Not that I've mastered *all* the steps up to that point, but have achieved enough success with mods; finish and re-finish; fret levelling etc, that I'm encouraged to move ahead.
Hearing your experience just motivates me further.

It's still on the "one day" list, but so was all the other stuff once upon a time :^)

Keep us posted on your progress.

Therealfrogman
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Dec 17th, 2017 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I going to start on the re-fret of my new thinline telecaster. I am going to use jescar 55090 wire which is slightly thinner and just a tad taller than the 6105 wire that I like, I love the U profile of this neck but the frets are just not as tall as I would like them.

I am a little nervous but not really worried, I know that I can get this done if I just take my time. The biggest concern is the old wire pulling maple chunks with it. I will use an iron and score the frets, its got polyurethane on it. I have thin CA glue and some thin applicators if I need to use it I will :)

I also have a fresh bottle of debonder..
Wish me luck and all that stuff.



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Dec 17th, 2017 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

luck!

Cal-Woody

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Dec 17th, 2017 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would like to hear how you perform the fret pull on your maple neck, because I haven't done one yet and most say that you have to remove them from the side versus just heat and pull from the top. I have heard that you heat the fret tops then use a small chisel to start pushing the fret out then while keeping them warmed up, the little bit that protrudes from tapping allows you to grab the end of the fret with your fret pullers and pull them out from the side. This way you don't have a lot of chip out to the fretboard. The other thing was to make sure that they are radiused properly and drive them in from the side, but I think I will just press mine in from the top. Since I will be using stainless steel frets and think that this will/should be the last refret I'll do on this neck and put a finish on it after I'm done.
It's all about the prep work and making sure that the fretboard is straight and level prior to installing the frets.
But I do want to hear about your procedure and results.

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Dec 17th, 2017 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I pull frets out sideways, I use a little diamond burr to make a small divot in the end of each fret on the thumb side of the neck.

Then I heat the fret and gently tap the fret out about 3/16" using a small punch and hammer (the divot keeps the tip of the punch in place).

After I shift all the frets, I use a small Vise Grip (locking plier) to pull them out the other side of the fingerboard.

Mick Reid
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Dec 17th, 2017 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...gently tap the fret out about 3/16"..."

Hey P, how come you don't tap the fret nearly all the way out, then extract remainder with pliers?

I've not performed this job yet, but the vid's I've seen do it that way.

Just curious.
Thnx

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