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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