best fret glue

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  1. voodoo tele

    voodoo tele Tele-Meister

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    What's the best fret glue for gluing fret in a rosewood board?
     
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    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    There isn't really a "best," there are just different glues with different properties.

    I typically use CYA. It will cure quickly and you can get super thin stuff that will wick in under the frets via capillary action. I often lay down a bed of thick CYA in the slot before pressing the fret in.

    Titebond works well too, and may be a good choice for a novice because it's easier to clean and has a longer working time.

    Lakland uses epoxy for their USA basses, in slots wide enough that the barbs don't catch the wood.
     
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    Just remember that if you use CA glue (I think that's what is meant by 'cya') it's much harder to get frets out because CA doesn't soften with heat as easily.
     
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    It still gets plenty soft to pull the frets. Not an issue.
     
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    I used CA on a CBG neck I built last week. I had two frets that didn't seat well and had to come out. I used an old Heat Sealing Iron Ive had for decades, and it worked perfectly. Pulled out easily, and no chipping.
     
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    Sure it does. No problem.
     
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    Here's little trick to removing glued in frets. Works for ANY glue, including epoxy and CA.

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    My large soldering gun came with a couple useless tips like this.

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    So I cut the end off one of them and grind in a divet with Mr Dremel.

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    Remove my normal tip from the gun and insert these ones.

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    Then I hold them against the fret and pull the trigger. The fret completes the circuit and heats up evenly along its length. The glue softens up real quick.

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    Then I carefully pull the fret starting at one end and working across to the other.

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    No problems.
     
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    Thanks everybody I really appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I got to a point where I only trusted how well the fret was seating, if it was seated dry and then see if I could fit a .001" feeler gauge under the fret crown. If that feeler gauge fit under there, I knew I wasn't seating the fret down as tight to the board as it should be.
    WATER THIN CA glue was the only glue that could be wicked in to lock that all in place.
    But another trick, is that before pressing in the frets, I'd run CA accelerator into the fret slot, so that water thin CA glue wouldn't get sucked way into the end grain of the fret slots.
     
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