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Martin Re-fret question
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Stuart

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Martin Re-fret question

I have a Martin OM-35 that I totally LOVE. I noticed that the frets on the E-B-G strings for the first 4-5 frets are getting a bit worn. Is is customary to yank of ALL the frets on the fretboard, re-fret and re-dress or does it make sense to replace only the first 5 fret and try to level it all off? It could be a tricky re-fret job as the OM-35 has a bound fingerboard. Please advise

Mar 03, 10 | 4:09 pm
Ken Cierp

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Stuart,

You are correct -- re-fretting a bound finger board is challenge, in my view not a good first time project. I'd suggest taking it to your local pro. Sounds to me like there's enough fret left to do a level and re-crown $.02

Ken

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978


Mar 03, 10 | 6:15 pm
Freeman

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Stuart, when the neck was reset on my old D18 the repairman replaced the first five and crowned the reset. When my old D12-28 was reset the same tech only needed to crown and polish. I would take it to a very good repair person and get his/her opinion. If it is an older guitar with a non- adjustable truss rod this is a possible time to add/remove relief (compression fretting, other techniques).

While I consider myself a decent amature builder, working on my cherished old Martins is not something I want to do myself. I'm willing to pay to have it done right - Bryan Kimsey has been my choice but there are lots of good techs, several who are supporters of this forum. I would also ask on the Tech tab at UMGF

Mar 04, 10 | 6:00 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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I agree that this should be taken to a tech. That way you don't get into too deep a hole. In most cases the marks can be filed out and the frets recrowned. I Have to agree with Ken that a bound fretboard is not one you want to do the first time out , and you should be good for at least 2 recrown , maybe 2 if you don't wait too long.

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center

Mar 04, 10 | 8:34 am
Stuart

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OK I guess that I'm convinced. I think that I could probably pull it off but since I am using the word "probably", I need to err on the side of caution. I hate spending money on something that I could probably do myself but if I screw it up, I'm going to be VERY bummed. Nuff said! Thanks for all the feedback. I should probably find a beater guitar on Craigslist and do a re-fret job on that one and see how it comes out before I try it on my Martins. The OM-35 is one of the sweetest finger picking guitars that I've ever played. the 3 part back gives it a great base response and the small body makes the treble just ring. It's only about 8-10 years old but Martin only issued that model for about 2-3 years before they pulled it from the catalog. Not sure why? Anyway.... better safe than very sorry!

Mar 04, 10 | 1:18 pm
Ken Cierp

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Suppose I could start a whole new thread

"the 3 part back gives it a great base response and the small body makes the treble just ring."

The D35 is the same size as the D28 --- the difference in tonal output is because the D28 has 5/6" scalloped bracing and the D35 has 1/4" non-scalloped bracing. Funny most would say the average D28 would have the better bass response, but its subjective. I've built my share of three piece back guitars strictly for appearance -- I suppose sound quality could be affected but doubt a human could hear the difference. $.02

Ken

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Mar 04, 10 | 1:35 pm



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