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Grab Tech: replacing a fretboard (10) RE: Tech: replacing a fretboard 26 Jun 08

Is the problem really the fretboard? Strings often don't actually contact the fretboard unless the frets are very low, so maybe the real problem is that your frets are worn down. A refret won't fix the existing wear on the fretboard, but the fretboard wear will likely only be superficial and not actually affect playing.

My first classical and my first steel-string both need the same job doing to them - cheap instruments, so they probably had low-grade fret wire, and the amount of playing I did on them plain wore the metal down. Neither is worth the money to get someone else to do it, so I figure I'll do it myself and learn how. If it all goes pear-shaped, I'll have damaged an instrument which has some sentimental value but little financial value; and if it goes OK, I'll then have the skills to do the same job on my more expensive instruments if/when it needs doing. Just need to find the time to do it!


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