Fender Telecaster Refret for Robby Coffin
Back in December, we replaced the truss rod nut on Robby Coffin's Telecaster for his upcoming gig with Devonsquare. In that post we mentioned that the guitar was in need of a fret job and it has now returned for that repair.
One of the interesting things about this guitar is that it received one of the first fret jobs ever professionally done by Kennebec Instrument & Amplifier. A nickel refret was chosen at that time to keep the cost down but, this time we will be going for stainless steel.
Like with any refret, we sand the playing surface before installation begins. This ensures that all of the frets will be able to be installed properly but it also corrects any irregularities in the playing surface, This guitar had a few that this process will correct.
Unlike rosewood and ebony fretboards, maple requires a coat of lacquer to be applied. Sanding the playing surface for a refret removes this finish so it will need to be reapplied. Once the new frets are installed, we sand the rest of the finish on the neck before spraying the lacquer coats.
Here, you can see the completed fret job and new bone nut, highlighted by the great new finish as well.