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Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing fretboard chips on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
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Trade Secrets! Issue 259 April 07, 2016
Fixing fretboard chips on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
The rosewood fretboard on this 1963 Telecaster has some nasty chips from old fret jobs. Dan Erlewine uses three methods to fix fretboard chips, including some serious surgery for the worst cases: grafting in new rosewood!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Removing the frets on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
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Trade Secrets! Issue 256 February 25, 2016
Removing the frets on the Mike Bloomfield Tele
The Mike Bloomfield Tele is back in Dan’s shop. It's in for a refret, and that means working very carefully on this historic guitar. As Dan pulls all the frets, does he manage to avoid chipping the old rosewood fingerboard?
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Short video: Making a guitar neck more comfortable to play
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Trade Secrets! Issue 236 February 12, 2015
Short video: Making a guitar neck more comfortable to play
Making a beginner-friendly fingerboard: Dan Erlewine’s sister-in-law is learning to play, and her guitar has rough, sharp fret ends. The fingerboard edge is also too sharp, but Dan quickly makes this guitar more beginner-friendly.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Yuck! Cleaning fret slot gunk from the Mike Bloomfield Tele
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Trade Secrets! Issue 257 March 10, 2016
Yuck! Cleaning fret slot gunk from the Mike Bloomfield Tele
There was a load of glue and grunge under these frets. With scrapers, wipers and heat from an alcohol lamp, it’s amazing how much gunk Dan Erlewine extracted from Mike Bloomfield’s old fretboard!