#1
how difficult would it be?
anyone done a defret before?
how much might it cost?
would it be worth it?
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#2
if you have the right tools, it can be done
you need to solder the frets then use special fret plyers, which im pretty sure you can get online, or get some that are similar at a hardware store
then you'd have to fill the frets, sand the fret board, and coat it or whatever
it would be worth it if you want that to be a fretless guitar. like i wouldnt do that if it was your only guitar, most people go fretless on an old guitar or back up or whatever
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#4
In theory, you have to heat up the frets in order to melt the glue to get them out, but an epi won't have the frets glued. You can get fret pliers from ebay for $14 a pair, all you need is that and some epoxy.
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#5
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wtf? how do you solder a fret?


im not sure how to explain it, watch a video or look at a picture of someone defretting a guitar
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#7
Quote by Cofflecakes
or you can just use a small, sharp knife & a thin flathead screwdriver.

If you want to rip the **** out of the fretboard, then yeah.

FAIL.
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#8
How would it rip the **** out of the fretboard, and how is it a fail?

You put a slit on the bottom of the fret, put your tiny screw driver in, and pry it out.

I've used that way 3 times, and with only 1 mark on the fretboard.

Think about it before you try and be a smart ass.
#9
Quote by Chad48309
If you want to rip the **** out of the fretboard, then yeah.

FAIL.

Chad, this isn't the Pit. Please check the attitude at the door when you come in here.

If somebody is giving information you believe to be wrong, please say so. But do it in a proper fashion. All you did was flame Cofflecakes and that's uncalled for. You didn't explain why you thought that was a bad idea, or offer a better solution.


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Personally I can see a potential for slight damage if care is not taken. I'd imagine it might be a good idea to tape the fretboard adjacent to the frets to add some safety.
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#10
cheers someoneyouknew.

But yeah, I should have mentioned that. I tape up in between the frets, normally 2 layers worth just in case I slip. Then, on the bottom of the neck, I use a sharp small knife to cut a little slit under the fret, right up against it. Then I put the small, thin flat head screwdriver in, and either pry it out like that (which risks fretboard damage, but is faster) or use some pliers.

I think I have photos & a video from when I defretted an LP. I'll have a look for them now, could be helpful to the TS
#11
Hey Cofflecakes, I'm sure that will be useful to people who only want to do this once, and don't want to invest in a set of fret pulling pliers. Pics and vids are always a great help.

I also noticed some info at Gibson that might be worth mentioning:

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Support/TechSupport/Repair%20Columns/Funky%20Frets/

They talk about tightening the truss-rod to the point of backbow. Apparently it makes the frets easier to remove.

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#12
good point man. I'll de fret a bass later tonight using my method, and post the link here in one of the threads
#13
I've removed frets by gently prying it out with a thin blade and butter knife, with marks or any chipping. Fret pulling pliers are superior but it can be done with other tools.

The soldering is not used only to soften any glue, even if there is no glue it helps the fret come out easier.
#14
Refret Tutorial

Tons of other good info on that page, main page is Here

I don't think I would try it with a knife and screwdriver, it seems like it would offer much too great a possibility of gouging the neck.
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