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Jun 24, 2021 - 3:39:08 PM
325 posts since 9/20/2007

Are Stelling frets glued in?

Edited by - soonersailor on 06/24/2021 16:26:25

Jun 24, 2021 - 3:53:54 PM

57698 posts since 12/14/2005

Not very much.
At least not on mine, which is 30+ years old
When the first few on mine got too worn, rather than pay shipping both ways to get them replaced by Stelling's capable crew, I removed some from way up near the body, so I'd KNOW they were exactly the right stuff.
Replaced the up-the-body ones with fretwire from Stu-Mac.

Anyway: What I did was run a soldering iron across the fret, ran a razor tipped Xacto knife along the edge of the fret, a bit UNDER the fret, and VERY CAREFULLY dug it loose.

Not the first fret job I'd ever done. just the first one it would have been a horrifyingly expensive mistake, had I upfucculated ANY point in the process.

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