Refretting a Yamaha APX-10

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Mr Stringmeister
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Refretting a Yamaha APX-10

Post by Mr Stringmeister » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:57 pm

Here some photos of a nice Yamaha APX-10 from the early nineties. It needed a refret, so some pics here.

Here a couple of photos of the frets how they were before - not much left....

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Removing frets using a soldering iron to heat frets before pulling them out.

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Some gluey bits coming out of the fret slots...

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All frets out, adjusting the truss rod so that the neck is perfectly straigh...

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New frets in. The fret tang nipper tool from Stewmac is a 'must have' for necks with binding. SO much easier and faster!

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Fret ends done, ready for leveling...

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Frets leveled, crowned and polished. Fretboard oiled.

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I wasn't happy with the plastic saddles so decided to cut some bone saddles and lower the saddles as the same time by about 1 mm. Here a photo of the four plastic saddles and the bone one still in one piece.

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Continued in next post...

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Re: Refretting a Yamaha APX-10

Post by Mr Stringmeister » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:49 pm

Bone saddle finished apart from cutting it into four pieces.

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Ain't that nice :D

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And now some photos of the whole 'beast':

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It plays beautifully without fret buzz and now has a lower action. The observant reader will have noticed that I did not say anything about the nut....

After refretting a guitar you will have to make another nut to accommodate for the new fret height. I have not done that yet and for now I have just shimmed the (bone) nut with a thin sliver of bone. A new nut will be done when I feel like it.

Cheers

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