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Wengé Fingerboard Refreting

Discussion in 'Bass Hardware, Setup & Repair' started by Henrythe8, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Henrythe8

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    My Dolphin 5 badly needs aa refret job.
    Has anyone already had a refret job on a Wengé Neck ?
    Is it possible to find "thinner" bronze frets (yes, I know I could google it, but if anyone has some intel on this... )

    The bass will be refinished, too, but I admit I'm reluctant to any drastic hange. It has "the" sound.
     
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    I had a refret job on a '98 Thumb NT5 (wenge fb). It was greatly made by Christophe Huort.
    I made him order WW bronze frets, but I don't know if they were "thinner" as you say...
     
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    Thanks. Will check.
     
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    Fret Wire

    I once ordered Warwick frets there for a five string. When I found out I did not need them I sent them to Schlobo, who used them for his Thumb NT6.
     
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    This has always puzzled me about replacement W frets. You got them for a fiver then they got installed on a six string. Aren't they radiused for specific fretboards?
     
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    I reckon they simply fit on a regular as well as a broad five string neck, thus also on a regular six string.
    You push them into the fingerboard where the old frets were, then level them. I guess they simply adapt to the radius the wood was cut in.
     
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    That would seem a sound theory were they not so damn stiff. But ultimately something like that is the case.
     
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    Fretwire is usually sold in long, straight pieces or in rolls. In the first case, it needs to be bent to match the existing radius of the fingerboard (if the fingerboard has radius) while the rolled version often has more radius then needed, but will smoothly adapt, expecially if pressed in with the right tool.
     
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    Apparently "normal" fretwires (nickel/silver, brass) need to be a little over radiused to sit properly, whereas stainless steel which is used more frequently lately, needs to be precisely radiused to the board.
     
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    I don't use stainless steel fretwire, but have "some" experience with "normal" fretwire ;)
    If you put too much radius on the fretwire, you kinda press the barbs in sideways. Good 'cause it won't move, bad 'cause it will rip the fingerboard wood when you'll try to pull it out to refret. :)
     
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