Self-inflicted fret issues Redux
Last month I posted a thread regarding a guitar which had been knocked over and two frets were gouged by the stings on impact. I was ready to get a new neck as the repair estimate was gonna cost roughly the same, but I wanted to at least try to do a repair job myself. Unfortunately I didn't take any pics as I improvised the tools needed and a 30 min job took two hours. Anyway, I purchased some plumbing solder which is mostly tin with a bit of antimony and used a 40 watt soldering iron with some flux to build up the areas where the gouges occurred after removing any burrs with steel wool. I then took an old carpet knife which only had about three inches of blade left and laid it as flat to the frets as possible and shaved off the peaks of the build up. Next I tilted the blade forward and leveled the rest out as best as possible. I used a fine grit sand paper between shavings. I then smoothed out the fret with steel wool and shaved the remaining excess. When finished, I could not detect a repair on one fret and the other is barely visible other than the two deepest gouges still were there but only minor now do not affect the playability. I suppose the moral here is that in a pinch and with the right tools, you can repair a damaged fret. We'll see if it holds up now.