FRETS.COM When Frets Go Wrong

Force isn't always the answer
Leaning Fret
© Frank Ford, 3/3/00; Photos by FF

Every so often, a fret just won't go in straight:

I can hold it upright as I tap it down, and I'll have a pretty good chance of getting the fret to go in properly:

Nothing like a pair of regular diagonal cutters to hold a fret by its tang.

I can bend a little handle on a piece of fret wire, so I can keep it from rotating:

But, I usually do something else.

I figure that most of the time I have the leaning fret problem, it's because the fret just doesn't go in easily enough. SO, I
bevel the tang to sharpen it and guide the fret down into the slot.

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