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GUITAR FRET PULLER / FRET REMOVAL TOOL

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The Fret Puller is a specially designed tool for removing frets. Simple to use, the design of the tool helps to ensure that marking of the fretboard face is minimal. The system includes a fretboard protector to reduce splintering.

Fret Puller Tool Inserts:

Manufactured from hardened ground gauge plate / knife steel. The steel is through hardened having high strength and surface hardness. The inserts are extremely durable and can be dressed/sharpened with a diamond file to maintain sharpness.

The tool profile has 2 working sides with different geometries.

 

 

FRET REMOVAL:

LOCATING THE FRET END - (FLAT SIDE OF THE TOOL)

 

This side is for gently prising the fret from the fretboard.

Place a small strip of PVC tape either side of the fret around the edge of the board.

Position the flat side of the Fret Puller against the fretboard as shown.

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Locate the tips against the underside of the fret either side of the tang.

 

By applying gentle leverage and pressure, the fret end can be gradually lifted away from the fingerboard. Reposition the tool as soon as the fret starts to lift.

(Applying some heat to the top of the fret beforehand may also help with removal, but this is down to preference).

Note!. As the fret will have been forced into its slot during fitting, consideration for some small repairs afterwards should be allowed.

 

It is recommended to start from the underside or unseen edge as played, so that any cosmetic repairs will be discreet.

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PULLING THE FRET - (CURVED SIDE OF THE TOOL)

 

Turn the tool over to the 2nd (curved) side.

Place the fretboard protector in position and locate the tips under the raised fret end.

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As the fret lifts, re-position the tool.

The fret is completely enclosed by the tool and there is no possibility of losing grip on the fret.

Note the contact point of the tool body against the fret board protector. This helps to maintain downward pressure on the fretboard, reducing tear out as the tool is rolled back and the fret is pulled out.

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Softer frets will tend to curl as per the above photo whereas harder frets will remain straighter and be levered out.

When removing straighter/rigid frets, to help prevent the wood from splitting, apply finger pressure to the ends of the protector or either side of the fret as shown below. 

Where permitting ensure the band is fitted to the protector for additional downward pressure on the wood.

The corner notches ensures that the band does not interfere with using the tool - as shown in the photo below. 

Fret Removing Tool | GMC Luthier Tools