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I'm just practicing tying frets using B and E classical strings having sandpapered them down according to info found on the web. But when I tried the different knots, they didn't quite work the way the instruction said. Is there anyone here who can describe a functional knot that I can use, or point to a web site? On my 32 year old lute the nylon frets are still as tight as they were when I bought it, but the knot is difficult to make out. But the two ends run under the nylon fret on each side of the knot.
Merry Christmas! I have just completed my great task: refretting my baroque guitar using different gauges of fret gut, and I must say that I am a bit proud of myself. I armed myself with pliers, nailcutter and a soldering iron and set to work, having a rather bad feeling when I cut off the old frets.... But everything went fine until the first fret where the tightening distance was too short. I tried twice, but only wasting gut, and I was in danger of running out of .95. I even considered gluing a bone fret in the first position.
But then -a Columbi egg! I simply removed the nut, and in the "valley" that opened up between the headstock and the beginning of the fretboard I calmly tied my fretknot as tight as I could. Then I forced the fret over the edge of the fingerboard and slid it up to its position -and, heureka! - it became as tight as the others! Now I am just waiting for a pippin file to arrive, I guess it's lost in Christmas mail, then I will finish the nut adapting it to the new frets.
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