What would you do with this messed up fretboard ? I think I will have to re-bind it and overhang the frets , then possibly refill with epoxy ? I cant take much off the board because it has parallelogram inlays .
Thanks Paul , I totally agree with this idea , but I dont think I can easily achieve the routing , guess I would have the guitar upside down and run the neck along the fence ?
Hi Len, I would stay away from the router table and use hand tools for this job. Possibly a gramil and a sharp chisel to widen the channel and then a custom sanding block to clean things up.
Bad things can happen quickly on a router table. Just my take on it.
Nathan I will have a close look at the guitar , I hope you're right .
I'm with the change as little as possible crowd. Years ago I did some work for a prominent Toronto studio musician. It was a fairly ordinary looking p bass with a maple fingerboard. It had a very particular sound and he got some of his work based on this sound. I made the mistake of cleaning up the unfinished very dirty looking finger board with a bit of steel wool. It changed the sound and the feel of the instrument, it took him a week of playing to get it back. We're still good friends.
My point is that the neck on this guitar will feel much different with edges on it, you might want to keep as much of the "way it is" there as possible. It doesn't matter how technically right you do the refret, if it changes the way the player feels about their guitar in a bad way and they have to pay for it. They won't be very happy.
It seems that someone didnt like nibs , and filed away the ends of frets and binding until nibs were gone , but this really put an angle on the edge of the fretboard and binding . John , the current owner wants it fixed as well as possible within reason , he doesnt like it this way . There is a slight plateau of r/w under frets Im too busy to get to it right now . When I do I will post new pics .