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 Post subject: Neck binding on the frets
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:26 pm 
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Just have a question about neck-bindings. Somewhere in the future I have to put some new frets on my 4003. The neckbinding touches the frets slightly, is it possible for an "average guitarbuilder" (I come from Germany, the is an official profession with a three year of learning phase, but I just want to know if its very difficult), to reconstruct this nice effect? And how is it done best? I just don´t have the money to send to the USA and back...
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 Post subject: Re: Neck binding on the frets
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:53 am 
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First, remove the neck binding and make certain that the slot, or dado, is clean and crisp.

Next, refret in the usual way, but do not bevel the fret ends--instead cut them slightly over-long and then file the ends exactly flush with the surface of the dado on each end of the fret. Now rebind, but with binding that is 1mm-1.5mm wider than necessary, Be sure it is glued well. Let dry at least overnight.

Next, file down each area between the frets on both sides of the neck. This should be done carefully so the finish of the fretboard is not damaged. This will leave a little tab of unfiled binding at each fret end.

Last, it's time to bevel the frets and the binding tabs at the end of each fret. Do this consistently. It takes some skill.

Last, polish everything on a slow buffing wheel...

Come to think of it, maybe you should take it to a luthier.

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 Post subject: Re: Neck binding on the frets
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:14 pm 
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Thank You!
I don´t dare... Some more experienced person should do it I see now...

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