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Removing the frets on the Mike Bloomfield Tele

Issue 256 February 25, 2016

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?
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About the guitar in this video: This is the 1963 Tele that Mike Bloomfield used to record iconic guitar solos with Bob Dylan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1965.

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkWorking with the neck removed from the body
  • checkmarkDeep wear on the frets and fretboard, almost like a scalloped neck
  • checkmarkSteam heat from a soldering iron
  • checkmarkA Chip Stopper keeps rosewood from pulling up

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