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1956 Telecaster build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. mobman924

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    Beautiful build. I think the body is just a hair too light colored for the white pg.
     
  2. preeb

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    Funny.... exactly what I thought, but for the black guard...
     
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    Today I'll make it shine.
    First I need to take the lacquer off the frets. I use a steel "nail" and I made a few, one for each fret size. For this guitar I needed to make a new one since those frets are HUGH. You can see the shape of the tip in the following photos
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    I carefully clean the remaining lacquer chips with a fret crowning file
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    Looks OK now and ready for buffing
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  4. preeb

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    If you were wondering what happened to the "Fret leveling stage"... well... I don't do it.
    Simply, because there's no need to. I take the extra effort in leveling the fretboard and installing the frets sideways in a way that they sit on top of the board without any gaps and since they are not hammered in they share exactly the same height and will never move up or down.
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    Body is buffed
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  5. preeb

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    Neck is buffed too
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    Any help with AWG 43 Plain Enamel Single coat magnet wire will be greatly apreciated.
    That's the only thing left... the neck pu. I don't want to use AWG42 because it will sound too dark with the chrome cover. HELP!
     
  6. jaydawg

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    Gil, it's looking great. Very nice work.

    Would you mind going into a little more detail on how you install the frets?
     
  7. preeb

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    Email sent. let me know how it goes.
     
  8. mrothacker

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    What a build , what a post . Absolutely , unequivocally , awesome !!!!
     
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    Hi, I was just about to ask. I read awhile back that that was how fender did the fretting (installing sideways) but how the apparatus to do so was made was not clear. Could you forward that mail to me also? I would like to know if it is possible to do with regular fretting tools or not as it sounds like a superior method and seems way more logical than hammering them into a slot.

    Additionally, thanks for sharing these builds, it must be very satisfying to produce such beautiful guitars and parts.
     
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    Email sent.
     
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    I'd Like an email too, please. :D
     
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    I see said the blind man :rolleyes: then check this place out.

    http://www.mwswire.com/

    p.s if you could send me an e-mail ref the fret thing that would be appreciated.
     
  15. preeb

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    Email sent.
     
  16. preeb

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    OK guys... too many emails... here it is out in the open (please don't curse me if something goes wrong)

    The tool
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    1. You need to make or special order a block with the required radius of the board.
    2. Rout a small straight channel on the radiused side using a round nose bit in the size (or dia.) of the required fret wire (exact width, height-0.5mm)
    3. Install a HSS rod through the block at the end of the routed channel and
    file it straight facing the channel

    The method
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    The frets need to have a 100% exact curve to fit the board radius!!!
    Load the fret in the channel and push the fret in sideways by slightly
    tapping the tool. (I use a string attached to a foot wheel that pulls it, but it's the same thing really). The rod will push the fret in.
    With your other hand, push the tool down toward the board to keep the
    fret on the fretboard.

    It takes a lot of practice so be pacient... and don't use this method on your favorite neck before you master it. It took me quite a long time and quite a few necks to get there.

    If the fret runs upward and away from the board STOP!, pull it out and repeat from the other end of the slot, pushing the tool down harder to keep the fret in place.
    There is no "take #3" here... if you miss... well... it's a problem.

    I also use hot hide glue injection after installation to fill any voids
    under the frets but it's not that important.

    Good luck and be careful,
    Gil Yaron

    Here's the shot again
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    I'd like an email regading the sideways fret installation also. Thanks.
     
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    scroll up about 5".
     
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    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Could you show a picture of the tools, and maybe a shot of the technique. This sounds great, but having never installed a single fret, I'm a bit lost. Thanks, Gil.

    Mark
     
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    scroll up about 10".
     
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