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Refretting a Les Paul

#1 User is offline   katetot 

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 05:41 AM

I just want to get some inputs regarding refrets on LP's. Lp's has bindings that extends to the frets. I was thinking if there are some people here who took off the extra plastic that extends to the frets and extended the frets instead? Thanks! [mellow]

Here's a picture..look at the edges that connects the binding and the frets.
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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:06 AM

View Postkatetot, on 28 September 2010 - 05:41 AM, said:

... Lp's has bindings that extends to the frets. I was thinking if there are some people here who took off the extra plastic that extends to the frets and extended the frets instead?


The fret ends are beveled - are you saying you want them crowned to the ends and cut straight (no bevel)? That would be uncomfortable as hell. Are you having trouble with the high E string slipping off the fret end?

Those frets look like they're in good shape. If anything, just a crown and dress, not new frets.
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Posted 28 September 2010 - 03:51 PM

View PostBigKahune, on 28 September 2010 - 10:06 AM, said:

The fret ends are beveled - are you saying you want them crowned to the ends and cut straight (no bevel)? That would be uncomfortable as hell. Are you having trouble with the high E string slipping off the fret end?

Those frets look like they're in good shape. If anything, just a crown and dress, not new frets.


Your right. E string slips and sometimes get stuck between the fret and binding. Here's a video of a re-fretted Custom. Black Beauty re-fret video He took off the extended binding that connects to the fret. It gives extra space for vibrato and pull-offs.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 06:02 PM

Just had my Custom refretted. The luthier was careful with the fit of the binding on the ends of the frets and I have had no problems with anything snagging.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 06:25 PM

Sometimes, for that problem, a new nut cut with the high E slot giving a skosh more room on the outside works out well - much cheaper than a refret.
13 Gibson CS Advanced Jumbo R/Spruce..O12 Gibson Southern Jumbo TV....O11 RainSong JM-3000 12
11 Martin 000-15M Elderly LE....................O10 Gibson ES-359......................o10 Rickenbacker 360/12
09 Jackson PC-1.....................................O09 Fender 52 Telecaster AVS..ooO08 Gibson SJ-200 (Colosi S/P)
08 Gibson Robot SG LTD........................oO08 Fender Am/Dlx Stratocaster.....08 Gibson Les Paul Push Tone
07 Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II.....................o07 Guild F412...........................O07 Taylor NS74ce
98 Martin D-45VR.....................................097 Guild X-700 Stuart.................O73 Yamaha G-55A
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