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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:25 am 
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this is an article I wrote for the guitarmaker magazine
we get first crack at it hope you find it useful


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:32 am 
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Nice article, John. When you condition the surface of the fingerboard after fret removal, do you ever run across a situation of sanding through the pearl? I'm presuming radiussing means taking the pearl down, too.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:14 pm 
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the pearl is .060 thick never had that issue as vintage is solid shell

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:20 pm 
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Thanks for the article! What do you use to fill the fret board divots?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:04 pm 
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I find CA works I can also chop with a razor blade and "fluff" the fretboard , works on rosewood. Learned this trick from Frank Ford FRETS.com
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:50 pm 
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Nice article!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:21 pm 
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tippie53 wrote:
I find CA works I can also chop with a razor blade and "fluff" the fretboard , works on rosewood. Learned this trick from Frank Ford FRETS.com
great site and one to bookmark


Thanks John! The method is really clever working fibers from the bottom of the divot up to the fretboard plane and filling both underneath and around with end grain sanding dust.

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The color did not really change just the picture and a bit of finger board oil, I only did the top four fret locations.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:41 am 
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glad to pass on what I learned. This is a tip from FRETS.COM My friend Frank Ford

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:13 am 
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johnparchem and John Hall

Do you have trouble matching the color? Could you describe your technique? I watched Frank do it, but in my couple of attempts at something similar I have not had good luck

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:30 am 
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I checked out the example Mr Ford posted (http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Frets/FBoardDivot/fboardivot.html). Very interesting. The board looks nice right after completion. How durable is the repair?


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