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Replacing frets on a Caparison Angelus Guitar

This guitar is a long-term test guitar for a UK magazine. It was dropped on its face, suffering some damage from the plain strings to frets 17 and 18….

Removing scratches from the frets using Micromesh pads

Dressing the frets on the maple neck

I covered fret dressing in this earlier post but will repeat the steps here for completeness. The pictures should tell the story but I’ll add some text where I…

Clear lacquer applied over decal

Spraying the neck

Before spraying I sanded the neck again, checking that everything was clean and wiped over with a tack cloth to remove any dust. I then sprayed another couple…

Preparing the neck by sanding and sealing with clear lacquer

Fretting and finishing a guitar neck

I thought I’d demonstrate fretting a neck and finishing it with nitrocellulose lacquer. The neck I used was very nicely made, with a compound radius fretboard which progresses up…

Scalloped Ibanez Jem Fretboard

Scalloping a Jem Fretboard

A regular customer of mine asked me to scallop the last four frets of his Ibanez Jem. Once the scallops were cut and sanded, I sealed the bare…

Gretsch Firebird Jet refret done

Gretsch 1967 Firebird Jet Refret – mystery holes

When refretting this 1967 Gretsch Firebird, I noticed two small holes in the 14th fret slot and another two in the 2nd fret slot. I’ve never seen these…

Restrung and set up

Another LSR Nut Refit (rosewood this time)

Here’s another LSR roller nut rescue, this time on a rosewood board Stratocaster, the previous LSR roller nut repair being on a maple ‘board. This time the fitter…

Jedson Les Paul raised inlay

Jedson Les Paul copy inlay re-set

When doing a general setup and fettle of this 70s Les Paul copy, I noticed that a couple of the inlays were standing proud of the fretboard. This…

Dressing the frets on a 90s Fender USA Stratocaster

  Before doing any levelling, you need to be sure that you are working with a straight neck. I’m using a Stewart MacDonald notched straightedge which allows me to…

Refretting a Squier Vista Series Jagmaster

The Squier Vista Series Jagmaster is one of my favourite guitars. The Squier Vista series was made in Japan to very high standards and comprised around 4 models….