#1
Hey, I'm planning on taking the frets off my old bass guitar. I was wondering what materials i would need to do this? any tips on how to take the frets off would be nice too.
Last edited by yombo188 at Jun 15, 2010,
#2
at a bare minumum you will need
a fret puller
leveling tool
fretwire, obvious
a fret bender (unless you'd prefer to do it manually - long time needed to do so & patience)
fret dresser
fret cutter
a fret press or hammer. your choice (hammer = cheaper and more skill press = simple, easy, more costly)
fret tang nipper (to narrow a frets tang)
fret file

i believe thats all, add on as needed/comment


*remove strings
*loosen truss rod so it isnt adding relieve or adding bow
*remove frets, i prefer the "walk out" method.
*measure width of neck for each fret.
*cut fret wire to lengths, give yourself about 1/16th inch extra when cutting
*trim fret tang. (more tang left on = more neck backbow and the tighter it stays in the neck,
less tang = increase in relief with tesion on neck + may be loose without fret glue) "add glue to list above lol
*put the frets in the neck
*tape off the spaces between frets.
*cut the excess edge off the frets then trim them. (cut the sand with tools you just acqured)
*use the leveler to make all frets even (also make sure the level is the same diameter as your guitar/bass neck)
*use the fret dresser to dress frets
*then polish (optional but id say do it anyway. leads to smooth frets for better play)


please look up any terms not making sense to you. As its 3a.m. when i have first posted this, i may have left something out. please add if something is missing.

Addition: for a price on equipment look around. stewmac.com is a good place to start though as they have all tools mentioned here
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#3
um, i think he wanted to remove the frets, not replace the frets.

in other news, i just did this to an old crappy bass neck but i did it completely wrong because the neck was shocking and my new one was on its way.
so i am sorry that i cannot comment on this properly.
i pulled the fretwire out with a small chisel very carefully (just popped it underneath the edge on the side and lifted, then grabbed the wire with some pliers and pulled)
and then i saw some dude on this forum that used wood filler to fill the gaps, so i tried that, then sanded it back smooth, down to a really smooth grit sand paper.

it looks nice, but then i got carried away making it so smooth so my fretboard is so thin lol (like i said it didnt matter to me lol)

EDIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=115gvPzHMqw forgot to tell you to go and google it. there are hundreds of guides online that youtube video is a series about it
Last edited by Doonan at Jun 16, 2010,
#4
thanks guys...i did mean to remove the frets and not replace them. Im planning on using a soldering iron and a tool to get the frets out then applying wood filler. is there anything else i might need or do you think im good?
#5
from what I've heard (this is not from any personal experience) heat frets, use pliers of some kind to pull out frets, fill gaps.

edit: AND BLUE TAPE THE FRET BOARD.
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