FRET PRESS SYSTEMS
"Your fret press works very nicely. Its a very well made and designed device indeed. I've re-fretted 2 guitars with Jescar Stainless, their most jumbo version - since it came on Saturday".
FOR DETACHED GUITAR NECKS
High pressing force via screw press.
1-2 turns will insert the fret under precise control.
Includes guitar neck support.
9 Press Inserts 60mm wide - 7.25", 9.5", 10", 12", 14", 16", 17", 20" & Flat.
Rubber edged base strips allow the press to be used on any surface.
Can be used free standing or permanently mounted onto a bench via fixing holes provided.
FRET & SLOT PREPARATION
The fret should be pre-bent to the radius of the fretboard.
The fret should be straight when viewed from above and not twisted along its length.
Ensure that the fret slot width is suitable for the tang.
Check that the depth of slot is adequate.
If excessive force is required then the fret tang width and slot condition should be checked and remedied. This is a useful check/control of fret insertion force (and helps to guard against subsequent wood compression which can accumulate along the board and cause back bow).
GUITAR FRET PRESS
FOR SET NECK & SOLID BODY INSTRUMENTS
Self Contained Guitar Fret Press System - no extra tools required.
Includes 9 Press Inserts - 75mm wide: 7.25", 9.5", 10", 12", 14", 16", 17", 20" & Flat.
Includes composite guitar neck support made from aluminium, neoprene and cork.
The system applies high pressing force via simple screw press mechanism.
1-2 turns of the control handle will insert the fret under precise control without slipping.
Press mechanism is mounted to an adjustable height heavy duty cross beam.
Cross beam is guided and secured to 40mm square section aluminium side pillars.
Distance in between pillars - 320mm.
Press base made from solid oak with protective seating face between the pillars for supporting the guitar.
Supplementary 12mm body support board with protective cork covering on upper side.
Small oak guitar body support block with protective seating face.
Ribbed underside provides stability and grip allowing the press to be used free standing and on any surface.
Alternatively the press can be permanently mounted onto a bench via the fixing holes provided.
Suitable for multiscale instruments also.
PRESS SET UP
The bridge height can be easily adjusted to suit the clearance needed.
A rubber pad is placed on the fretboard to protect the instrument.
The bridge is lowered until the press is at a suitable height for using.
The thumb screw on each pillar is hand tightened along with the adjacent allen screw to clamp the bridge in position.
(Once set up, a bridge height change is only required when moving from the neck position to the overbody position).
Please note, this press is not suitable for use with acoustic instruments.
The press is also suitable for use with multiscale instruments as there is sufficient space between the pillars for the guitar to be placed at the different angles required for each fret. (The neck locator is not fixed and will find its own position underneath the neck).
For multiscale instruments, the true radius of each fret will differ slightly from the nominal radius of the fretboard. This is only fractional but the radius will become 'flatter' as the fret angle increases. This is easily accommodated by using the next adjacent insert radius size.