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    Fixing a blunder

    This is what happens when you hastily pull frets out of a rosewood board. Stupid me. . Sometimes I get tunnel vision on stuff & just do it instead of thinking on it before. The 1st fret out took chips out with it. I should have steamed it. Usually I get a little chipping but glue the chips back down immediately as they happen. But this board just crumbled. I was doomed by the 1st pull.
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    So off came the board. It was the worst one I ever pulled. I'm glad I didn't care about it as I ordered a new maple one from Stu Mac about 10 minutes after screwing up on the fret pull. It crumbled the whole way. Took me over 2 hours to get it off. Then I cleaned it up & got ready for the new one.
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    Here it is with the new maple board. I radiused this one at 10 seeing as this is like a Rock Tele. I installed nice Abalone 7mm dots & black side dots as well. This is where it stands this morning. I got the heal overhang with the extra fret & Infront of the nut. I am happy with the results so far.
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    That looks great, KC.

    If you hit that fret-pull issue again, I have read online of guys using a soldering gun to heat up the frets and soften the glue. Haven't tried it myself, but it comes highly recommended.

    Great job on the new fretboard. It turned out pretty cool.
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    I heated it. I have a soldering iron designed for that. I have never had rosewood that disintegrated like this one did.
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    My mistake was that I didn't soak the fretboard with water that with heat makes the wood a lot more forgiving. When I told my Luthier buddy Simon what happened he said did you soak the board. I was umm no. He says now did I not teach you to do that . Umm ya I forgot. Lol. He give me the gears over that .Mike asked me to if I steamed it 1st to . Lol. I won't forget that detail again I tell ya'. I worked on this all day & finished the heel & in front of the nut. Then I installed my nice gold medium Evo frets. I need to do some dressing on the sharp corners but I will save that till tomorrow. I'm tired.
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    Ouch, but good save--I wouldn't have done anywhere near as a good a job.
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    I finished this in danish oil to match the look of the body this is going on. Believe it or not this is the exact look I was after. I've never seen a neck done like this which gave me the incentive to do it. Kinda getting tired of the same old 2 looks maple necks get. After this fully dries I will antique wax it. Then buff it. All the fret corners are nice & smooth & seeing as this has a dual action truss rod I will be able to level it prior to mounting it onto the body. Spells gonna hate it. I know but he's gonna watch how it turns out anyway. Lol




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    hey out of a bad thing comes a good thing- at least you had the backup at the ready!

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    Here it is with 3 coats of Walnut Danish oil. I worked it in with soaked 220 grit paper down to 1200. I let it sit for 36 hours then today I gave it 3 treatments of "Antiquax" Coating the entire neck letting it dry for atleast a half hour then buffing it off with a cotton rag. In the end I could not be happier with the result. This is one of those instances where the photos do not give it the justice it deserves. The finish has almost a holographic look about it where it looks different on every angle. The waxing give it a natural slick feel & a nice dry shine. The next job is to level the frets then crown & I can assemble and find out how it plays. I through in some photos from my phone because they show a different view as well.


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