On the bench, ready for restoration.
We decided to go with the original Warwick bell brass fret wire for this job. Bell brass frets are a little more malleable than nickel silver frets, and I had to be careful not to over-seat the fret ends before fitting the tang.
Masking off the fretboard around the soon-to-be re-cut fret slot.
When you buy the bell-brass fret wire from Warwick, you get exactly the number of pieces that you need, pre-cut. If you make a mistake with a piece, then you have to but another bag of 26 pieces. I made sure I took my time on this job.
Cutting the slot and checking the depth. The fret wire is also ready to go.
Re-slotting my way down the board.
Installation begins! The fretboard is waxed as a barrier for the gel-type glue in the slots.
Fretted all the way down the neck, ready for clean-up.
Bevelled and ready for levelling and crowning.
Cleaning up the fret ends.
Taped off and marked for levelling.
Crowned, polished and ready to go.
Strung up and happening!
I always like working on Warwick basses because they behave in a predictable way. They are very well engineered instruments and can almost always be brought back to top notch condition.