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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:38 am 
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Great work!

It looks really good!

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:18 am 
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Looks nice so far keep us Posted and nice work. :up: :up: :up:

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:55 am 
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Another save!!! The market is pretty soft for these goofy basses, but we know you do it for the challenge and accomplishment, not the money. Salute, Mike.

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Fantastic - don't stop with saves just because your wife wants you to - your work is too good and you owe it to the general public to continue. I think it's the least you can do. :up: It looks really nice. Was that your first full size fret job? Any tips?


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 1:22 pm 
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Jead wrote:
Fantastic - don't stop with saves just because your wife wants you to - your work is too good and you owe it to the general public to continue. I think it's the least you can do. :up: It looks really nice. Was that your first full size fret job? Any tips?


I redid frets on the MPC bass I got from dr_dave a while back... I still have not completed the frets on the mandolin...

tips?

if you want a factory like job, take it to a pro... :) and not me :)

but...

0. remove old frets slowly and put a backbow on the neck if you can to lessen the probablility of damage while removal takes place...
1. good cutters are a must
2. really make sure you get any particles out of the slots
3. when cutting to length, pay close attention to how they will fit with the edge of the fretboard. binding, no-binding, tripple binding, etc...
4. fret end filing... this time around a used a metal board protector that fit over the frets (one at a time) butI think I woudl try and do some prep before even pressing them in...
5. if sanding the fretboard, and removing a good portion, be sure to recut the slots to deepend them.

Stewmac had a good picture tutorial...

the MPC bass had the tortoise binding, and this one had none... I think I prefer the bound ones, as the ends of the frets are less noticeable.

for the mandolin, since the binding needs replaced, I'll be cutting the fret ends flat and even with the edge of the naked fretboard, then I will install the binding and file the binding down to match the frets...

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 1:40 pm 
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Jead wrote:
Fantastic - don't stop with saves just because your wife wants you to - your work is too good and you owe it to the general public to continue. I think it's the least you can do. :up: It looks really nice. Was that your first full size fret job? Any tips?


I just need more balance between house projects and these... :)

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 3:40 pm 
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All good tips - I especially liked the back bow one. I've thought about taking on a re-fret many times but always chicken out. I guess I don't have any more excuses now.


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 3:31 am 
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I believe the backbow tip was given by another member here.... since these are projects I've. Just oicked up I didnt feel i had much to lose by trying a fret job. Especially this one....

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 4:41 am 
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Gosh is that ever swell!! :love:

Whenever your lovely bride asks "How many more projects?" the correct answer should be something like "Oh, just one more I think..." :rofl:

Gonna be sharing the love on this one, Mick... :up:

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:11 am 
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it's all re-assembled now, but need to get some strings.... I stripped down the paint off the neck plate, and triend to mostly remove the name that was engraved there, and then I repainted it, along with the screw heads... will get final pics when strings are on....

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:36 pm 
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I unassembled, and leveled the frets. much nicer now, though I forgot to do a better cleanup and polish the frets, so they are a bit "grabby" now :lol:

I like that the scale is identical to the Quantum/Rails...

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