FRET PRESS + FRET FORMING JIG
UNIVERSAL FRET FORMING JIG
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“Great stuff!”. Julia G. Scarborough, UK.
“A really great piece of kit. Very well made. A complete re-fret went without a hitch, Every one came out perfect, What could have been quite a daunting task, went so smoothly. The whole thing has been so well thought out - it's a brilliant bit of kit. I would gladly recommend your equipment to anyone who is thinking of buying it! Thanks again.” Peter C. Wiltshire, UK.
The fret tang is clamped between two identical plates that also support the undersides of the fret along its full length.
The jig ensures that the frets are formed to the exact radius required. This is achieved by slightly overbending the fretwire by hand, then fitting to the jig and fine tuning back to the precise radius by light use of a suitable hammer.
The fret is cut to length in the jig at the centre slot. Both fret and off-cut are firmly clamped on the tang either side of the slot, thus avoiding any snagging of the fret wire and distortion of the fret ends.
The fret can be cut using a fine tooth hacksaw - no other special cutting tools are required.
To de-burr the ends - re-position to the edge of the jig and file the end of the fret leaving a small allowance as necessary for finishing on the instrument.
Using the jig will result in perfectly formed frets, cut accurately to length and with no further requirement to nip the ends.
Since the fret form is perfectly matched to the fingerboard radius, there is no requirement to overbend the frets.
FRET FORMING JIG SPECIFICATION:
Universal Fret Jig: 7.25"/9.5-10"(9.75" mean)/12"/15"/20"/Flat with Radius Gauges.
The Fret Forming jig incorporates the Universal Nut & Saddle Shaping Vice.
FRET PLATE WIDTHS:
7.25"/9.5-10"/12" - 66mm wide
15"/20"/Flat - 70mm wide
UNIVERSAL JIG DESIGN PRINCIPLE
The universal jig design uses evenly distributed radii intervals enabling it to accommodate all fingerboards from 7.25" to 20" (184mm to 508mm) - and flat fingerboards also.
The maximum deviation from the theoretical mean of any given radii within the range to the nearest interval is 0.05mm (0.002").
The jig is therefore suitable for use with any fingerboard radius including 14", 16", 17" etc.
CLAMP FRETWIRE IN JIG
Postion the fretwire as shown at the centre point of the jig and cut through into the slot using a fine tooth hacksaw. The jig will clamp both fret and off-cut tangs firmly on both sides ensuring an accurate clean cut and that the tang does not snag.
MARK REQUIRED FRET LENGTH
Mark the required fret length allowing a small amount for finishing, and re-position in the jig for cutting to length.
DRESS ENDS / REMOVE TANG
De-burr the ends, file to length leaving minimal amount for finishing on the instrument and remove tang at the edges if necessary. The jig can be turned on its side in the bench vice for access underneath the fret if required. The corners of each plate are also conveniently angled at 30° and can be used as a guide for pre-chamfering the fret ends if desired.
"I depend on your tool for cutting frets to length, setting the proper radius, and also when cutting/filing tangs for bound necks" J.B., Los Banos.
CHECK FRET RADIUS
Check the radius and make adjustments if necessary. The central clamp nut should be lightly tightened to grip the fret tang when shaping. This can be supplemented by using the two outboard holes - which can be fitted with additional clamp screws when necessary - thus enabling additional pressure to be applied to the tang at both ends of the fret.
CHECK AGAINST INSTRUMENT & FIT TO SLOT
Accurate pre-forming of frets will ensure the tang sits snugly in the full length of the fret slot and will help to keep the fret form constant and perpendicular when being inserted.
The photo below illustrates the minimal amount of material left on for finishing on the instrument.
COMPACT BRIDGE DESIGN FRET PRESS
lovely little tool, well designed and manufactured - does the
business.” Jake S. Nottingham, UK.
Service and Great Product”, Brendhain D., Goteborg, Sweden.
quality and finish are second to none as usual”, Bill Y. North
FRET PRESS CONTENTS:
- Steel Press Bracket with Lever Operated Anti Backlash Screw.
- Aluminium Base with Rubber Feet and Protective Rubber Covering.
- 8 Radiussed Press Inserts: 7.25", 9.5", 10", 12", 15", 17", 20" & Flat.
- 2 Different Radii Neck Supports.
DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF:
The press is operated by an anti-backlash screw ensuring smooth action and precise control.
It is robustly made and compact in size with all forces self contained within its own bridged design.
The press handle is weighted for quick action and is comfortable to grip allowing the final force required to insert the fret to be delivered with ease.
Eight inserts are provided with the press: 7.25", 9.5", 10", 12", 15", 17", 20" & Flat.
The inserts can also be used to check the radius of the fingerboard.
The fret can remain clamped in the press if gluing is required.
Smaller radii inserts can be used for applying extra pressure on the fret ends and larger radii for extra pressure at the centre.
The downward stroke is guided to ensure the insert remains perpendicular to the neck.
The screw connection allows for radial misalignment to ensure the insert seats correctly along the fret.
The press has a very small footprint (150mm x 150mm), meaning that it can be used just about anywhere and will not take up valuable space. The base has four rubber feet to keep it stable whilst also allowing it to be used on any surface.
The press bracket can be positioned centrally on the base or it can be repositioned to one end to provide the clearance required for angled headstocks.
The base has a rubber covering to protect the neck when passing it through the press.
Two neoprene covered neck supports having different radii to cater for the changing profile of the neck are included. They are also stackable as shown below.
USING THE PRESS:
Locate the fret securely into the fingerboard slot and ensure that it is upright.
Locate the fret centrally underneath the press insert.
Lightly tighten the press to grip the fret.
Check that the tang is still located in the fingerboard groove and the press insert is centrally positioned over the fret in both planes.
Turn the handle to push the fret home.
Please note: The press is suitable for use with bolt on necks only. The neck must also be detached from the instrument.
A snap ring keeps the insert located onto the screw.
To release: pull the insert downwards. To refit: push up until snap ring engages.
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