Gluing Frets - What Do You Use?

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  1. Kenni

    Kenni New Member

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    Hi everyone & happy holidays! :)

    This christmas holiday I'm going to refret an old Squier Telecaster of mine, and I was wondering what type of glue you guys use when refretting, if any...

    I've matched the fret wire as best as I can, and everything should be fine there.
    I'm going to radius the fret wire, using my fret bender, and give it a slight tigher radius.

    Also, do you fill the slots with glue or just glue the fret ends, while the neck is clamped?
    I've seen people do both.

    Thanks & Cheers!
    Kenni :)
     
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  2. Terry Chapman

    Terry Chapman New Member

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    Hi,I dont use any glue at all. I just bend the wire on my radius tool just slightly more than the fingerboard and make sure slots are clean.
     
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    Hey, @Terry Chapman :)

    Thanks for your reply!

    I see, thanks. I actually ended up doing the same thing on my last refret.
    The wire was good, snug fit, and no need for glue.

    I have another refret coming up, a Santana LP-type guitar with bound sides, so that'll be a challenge - luckily I have the right tools! ;)

    Some guys swear to glue, and says it's the best... other don't..

    It can be hard to find the answers sometime, I think :)

    Cheers, mate!
     
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    I have used CA, hide glue and titebond. I like that there are no voids under the frets anywhere when glue is used. With a refret job it is my opinion that the slots are a little wider after pulling frets out and cleaning them up. The glue is a little insurance you get no frets creeping up in a few months time because they are not in really tight. It also has a bad effect on the tone if the frets arent in nice and tight. The glue kinda runs in and holds it all together in a solid block in the slot. A bit of heat and it goes soft so frets can be pulled. CA goes off in a puff of smoke when its heated with a soldering iron. Dont breathe it in. uurrkkk!!

    CA is good but makes a mess easily. Titebond doesn't set up really hard. Hide glue does set up quite hard and brittle. I am using hide at the moment. Easy clean up and easy to use. CA is a PIA. not really useable on guitars with nitro or acrylic one pack finishes. You can make a big mess with CA in double quick time on a nitro finish. dont bother asking how I know this.
     
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    In the past I have used CA (super glue in England) and epoxy with varying results. I find both too messy (especially thin CA glue). I now use Titebond and I fill the slot. I always tape up a neck to cater for spillage. Though Titebond does not really adhere to the fret, it does fill in any gaps. I use it all the time now (I do around 6 re-frets a month)...

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