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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:12 am 
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yes it does change the sound in a good way ... I have a 4003s5 that was professionally stripped and finished with an oil finish ... but they left the high gloss finish on the neck ... the only thing they did wrong was to only give it one coat of oil ... I prefer 2 or 3 coats ... that provides more protection ... here it is on the web ... http://www.3dentourage.com/425/1990%204003s5%20mg.htm ...

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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:28 pm 
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the down side of refretting a Ric is the fretboard has a high gloss finish ... how do you get the frets out and new ones in with damaging the finish ... then you probably have to refinish the neck or worse yet put a new fretboard on ...
I think the finish has to be carefully cut away from the old frets with an exacto knife before they are removed.

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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:22 pm 
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That's one way.

With the right technique, there's a better way. Use a soldering iron to heat the fret as you pull them out and the finish softens nicely. As the new frets go in, they seat back into the pockets of finish that were left.

You can even combine the techniques, heating the fret as you run the X-Acto knife on each side of the fret.


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:38 pm 
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My '75 4001 was refretted. If you look close you can see a few finish cracks near the frets. A small part of the binding was smoothed over taking a bit of the finish away (it's not yellow.) Unless you look very closly you can't tell.
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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 10:51 pm 
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John, thanks for that info. I though the soldering iron was used after cutting with the X-acto knife.

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