Gluing in Frets

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  1. DWB1960

    DWB1960 Senior Member

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    What type of glue should you use? Superglue or Epoxy?
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    There's no right answer for this one.

    I use a CA (superglue). I've tried hide and wood glues in the past per recommendations from other luthiers but I prefer CA for the quick setup time. I think epoxy would be my last choice since it makes fret removal difficult even with heat.
     
  4. pedalpat

    pedalpat Guest

    i usually add a drop at each end before the fret goes in. i try to prep the fret slots so the frets go in easy, but the slot still holds the fret on its own. the glue is just a little extra bit of insurance/peace of mind.

    oh and i use the ca glue.
     
  5. larry1096

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    It also depends on WHY you're using glue. If you're using glue because the fret slots are too wide (or you're doing an initial 'glue-in' fret job), CA is probably what you want. Maybe even the gel formula, if the gaps are very wide. Remember, you don't want any air in the fret slot (at all!), so the gap-filling will help out there.

    If you're doing a 'normal' (i.e., 'mechanical') refret and you're just looking for a bit of insurance, Titebond can both lubricate the fret and give it a bit of extra stability when it's dried.

    HTH,

    Larry
     
  6. Soapbarstrat

    Soapbarstrat Senior Member

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    Warmoth injects gel super-glue into the slots before installing frets.
     
  7. Lex Luthier

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    Pacer slow dry super glue.
     

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