Repair of a Freshman Folk Guitar

The Damage

Damage To Fingerboard (1)This folk guitar had been dropped, catching the edge of the fingerboard on an amplifier or similar. The impact broke away a section of binding along with a piece of the rosewood. The second fret was dislodged and bent. The pieces dislodged were shattered beyond re-use.The repair would involve removing frets 1 and 2, removing the binding on the nut side of the damage, letting in a new section of rosewood and reassembling with new frets and binding. I had considered refitting the old frets but they were quite worn and, more importantly, I had some fret wire of the correct size. This article describes the repair.

Strat Re-fret

Initial Condition

Worn FretsI was commissioned to re-fret Guitar. I am not sure of its provenance. The headstock has the Fender logo and the Stratocaster name but there is no serial number and no indication of its country of origin. It has seen much action and the frets testify to the fact. (I wonder why they have worn mostly at strings 2 and 3? Bending perhaps.) Its owner likes a fairly low action and to achieve it without buzzing requires the frets to be in good order. I expect it would have been possible to stone the frets to achieve buzz-free playing but the remaining fret height would have been low. The frets were all good and tight.

Replacing a Guitar Nut

Nut Pulled

 

Introduction

This Gibson 335 guitar came to me because it had a few problems, "It just does not play right", was the cry. A quick look revealed some buzzing on open strings and a bowed neck. I measured the string clearances at fret 1 as: 7, 12, 7, 12, 15 and 17 thousandths of an inch, string 1 to 6. Clearly a little erratic. The clearances at the 12th fret were around 70 thou' across the board. I adjusted the truss rod and, thankfully, the neck straightened nicely. I had to raise the bridge to restore the 12th fret clearances then I re-measured the first fret clearances, they had not changed. I diagnosed a worn nut. It would be replaced.