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Posted by ERonshausen on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

When the neck on the Gold Star broke, I was left with my old Aria to play gigs.  After one outing, I knew that was unacceptable.  The frets were so worn the the banjo would not stay in tune.  The Gold Star was repaired, so I thought I'd try the re-fretting myself (what did I have to lose)?  After much thought, I decided on using stainless steel frets.  The advantage is that I will never wear these out in my lifetime.   The disadvantage is that unless you have industrial nippers the fret wire is impossible to cut!!!  I ended up using a Dremmel tool with a reinforced cutting wheel (even then I used it up).   I was surprised how easy it was to do.  The key is having a flat fret board to begin with.  

So now I have two playable banjos again (even though the Aria is a pig with lipstick).

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