Help needed from experienced luthiers!

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by SachaPlusDeluxe, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. SachaPlusDeluxe

    SachaPlusDeluxe Tele-Meister

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    Hi guys

    Ok so I have a customer and good friend who has a Chinese custom made les Paul style guitar which has the frets put in at a slight slant and the spacing messed up. The board is ebony.

    Is it possible to remove the frets fill the holes and re cut the slots?

    I can refret guitars but in this is a little bit beyond me as to whether it's possible although up for a challenge.

    All comments welcome!

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  2. dsutton24

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    If the intonation up and down the neck is good, I wouldn't worry about it. Center the bridge up and turn it loose. If not, I think I'd replace the fretboard or if it's a bolt-on I'd replace the neck. Either option is likely to cost more that the thing is worth.
     
  3. Steve_U1S

    Steve_U1S Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Buckethead... Interesting.

    Agreed with above.
    I'll add; it's a feature - non-fanned fanned frets!
    =]

    I kid...
    I wonder if re-slotting with fills would made some of the slots tend to drift into the old paths? Again, another possible reason to either go big or go home on it... but these are big jobs not for the squeamish.
    (By that I do also mean; I wouldn't touch it, as it's well above my pay grade...)
     
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  5. funkymann1

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    ive seen lots of asian junk made this way....i wouldnt mess with it...not worth the time...
    tons of replicas made with wrong fret spacing & bridge placement all from asia...
    time is money & id rather waste my time on something that will have a better payback...something worth playing...
     
  6. SachaPlusDeluxe

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    Fair point
     
  7. Ed Miller

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    Check the accuracy of the fret spacing. if the frets are placed correctly, reposition the bridge based on the fret spacing. visually, it will look kind of strange, but I wouldn't waste time or money on a new board.
     
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