Another stellar fret job by Michael Tuttle

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  1. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I just got my Heritage H-535 back from Michael Tuttle. I had him re-fret it with 6100 frets. Amazing.

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    Look at those fret ends. His attention to detail is second to none.

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    Another shot of those fret ends. Soooooooo smooooootttthhh....

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    Just a hair over 3/64" at the 12th fret. His fret work has me wanting to buy cheap guitars just to have him re-fret them!
     
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    Nice!! How do you like the feel of those 6100's on there? I need to have my H-150 refretted.
     
  3. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I really like the 6100s alot. I had Michael re-fret my Les Paul with SS6100 about a year and half ago or so and loved the way it turned out. It was the feel I was looking for. The 535 is right there with it.
     
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    Very impressive work Mr. Tuttle. I've played several guitars you've refretted, and each one was wonderful.

    Great work, Dana O.
     
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    So is the Heritage SS or regular?
     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I went with nickel/silver this time. Cash is tight and I was being a bit of a cheapskate. Also, I spread my playing around a number of different guitars so heavy fret wear on one guitar isn't really a concern with me. Although the way this guitar plays I may just wear the frets out! :D
     
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    Beautiful fretwork! I know this is a bit off topic, but has anyone played one of his custom built guitars? They look like awesome instruments on his website.
     
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    the frets look amazing. not only the ends, but the perfect crowning on top of the frets.

    good stuff.
     
  10. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Not yet, but I want to. He's up in Saugus I'm down in San Diego. It's about a 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive with no traffic - which never happens as it's the most traveled freeway on the planet! I wanna make a drive up sometime to check out his guitars and meet the guy face to face, one of these days... For now I let UPS and/or FedEx do the driving for me.
     
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    Great thread. I just picked up a refret from Michael yesterday and I'm VERY happy. This is the third guitar he's done for me...it's a Epiphone Casino. He's also done a '69 strat and '66 Tele for me. All with stainless steel 6105's. Awesome! And yes, I've played many of his custom made guitars, each of them was amazing...probably my next guitar purchase. A lot of pro's are hip to his guitars/fret work these days and for good reason. Here's some pics of my Casino.
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  12. Trebor Renkluaf

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    Beautius Maximus!!! This is the third re-fret Micahel has done for me, as well as two signature fret dresses. He's the man with frets!
     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep. I believe (but don't quote me) alot of that has to do with the prep work before the frets are installed. If the fingerboard is properly planed/radiused before the frets are installed, then minimul leveling will have to be done after they are installed. I think this helps to maintain a uniform shape from fret to fret. No Gibson train track/school bus frets here!
     
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    I am fortunate to own an EJ Strat that the former owner sent to Tuttle for a refret. Tuttle removed the original sticky finish from all but the headstock face, changed the radius to 10", and installed 6100 frets. The guitar is so easy to play I use 10.5-48 strings on it.

    Now, seeing that H-535 makes me want to send mine to him to do the same thing. It has developed a bit of kick up in the high note area, so the fretboard needs replaning anyway. I like that he removed the nibs and maximized the fret surface.

    Thanks for posting these photos!
     
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    Yeah, it's worth it. My Casino is a great sounding guitar but it never felt great to play.... until now. Michael said the fretboard was a bit flatter radius than the tune-o-matic bridge, he took care of that by giving the fretboard the proper radius and doing his signiture fret work. It's just amazing now! Thanks Michael!!
     
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    Nice work

    I've been doing my own frets since the early '70s and I am impressed with his clean style.
     
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