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Refretting a Gibson (the binding question)


Petersoyanov
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Hello guys! Soon I will be doing a refret on a Gibson Les Paul. It is with binding my question is how to keep the original nibbles on the fret ends

Can you please walk me through the process. Thank you. 

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I don’t think that you can keep the nibbles when you decide to refret. From every attempt you try to keep them will suffer your fretwork. Better get them off and make a nice frettang overhang. Then you also eliminate the risk that the high E string will get stuck between the fret end and the nibble.

But that’s my opinion, others may think different 😉


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I was thinking about this. I still don't know the value of the guitar. If it's not a relic I will do the over hang and not bother with this. But if it is a relic then I don't want to be responsible for the devaluation of it... You know... 

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I've *never* done a refret on anything other than something cheap (and mine!), but I don't see how you could do a refret on that without removing at least some of the binding, and probably damaging even more of the binding.

Definitely a task that needs a consultation with the owner/customer before starting work!

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Bart Van der Kemp
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I get your point, let’s hope it is not a vintage Les Paul.

But a refret is needed, those frets look like small strips.

Good luck!


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@bart-van-der-kemp

let’s hope it is not a vintage Les Paul.

I was more worried that it was a well played new one.  If it’s just some old relic, then who’d care ...

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Not a lot of crown left!!


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They do look a bit flat top......

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That has seen a lot of action, those crowns are destroyed. I don’t know how to answer your question, you better ask @markbailey Good luck! 

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