Learn Guitar Repair - Module 5, Fret Stone and Profile
What you'll learn
- Knowing when a 'stone/re-profile' is needed.
- Specialist tools needed for 'stone/re-profile' fretwork.
- Prepare the guitar for 'stoning and re-profiling' (includes 'bracing / supporting', protect items).
- Stone (re-level) those worn frets (the entire neck) on different guitar types.
- Re-profile (re-crown/re-shape) the frets once you've 'stoned' them.
- Ultra-shine the frets like new once re-profiled/re-shaped.
- Clean the fretboard after the frets have been 'stone and profiled'.
- Re-assemble the guitar (with a brief overview of setting it up).
- Test the instrument once 'stoned' and 're-profiled'.
- Different techniques for Fender/Gibson-style electrics, bass, acoustics and classical guitars.
- So are you ready? OK, let’s get busy!
- Know how to set up a guitar (for when you've completed the fret re-profiling - Module 2).
- You don't need to be able to play the guitar, but it helps if you know how to tune it.
- A few specialist tools are needed, nothing too costly.
- An enthusiasm for the technical side of guitars.
- A desire to learn and practice these new skills
You're now at 'advanced' level in you guitar repair technician skills. Not only will I explain the specialist trade tools for these skills, I'll also show you how to recognise when re-levelling is needed so you can make that informed decision to use those tools and tackle your own or others' pitted and worn guitar or bass frets.
In Module 5, 'Stone and Profile Frets', I'll also show you how to prepare the guitar or bass for 'stoning'. You'll learn how to actually stone the frets, re-crown the frets and bring the frets back to an ultra professional shine. You'll also see demonstrations on how to clean the fingerboard (it gets quite messy), what to do and what not to do. And you'll be taught why and how to lower the camber at the high end of Fender-style guitars (Fender-styles can have issues). We'll cover how to test the notes after 'stoning / re-profiling. And there are several things you need to do and definitely avoid doing - we'll go over those important points together.
Because stoning and re-profiling costs quite a lot for another technician to do it for you, it makes sense for you to be able to do this job yourself, particularly since you'll be needing it on more than a few occasions. This is one of those jobs that the general guitar-playing public wouldn't even 'have a go'; do a good job, get a reputation, develop your own style, and you'll be first recommended choice.
It's advisable to sign up to Module 2, 'Setups', if you haven't already done so, because you'll need to set the guitar up to test your work and to get it back to a 'playable' state once you've finished the stone and profile.
As with the other modules, there's loads to do in this one, and a great deal of satisfaction to be had from it. Complete the quizzes, download the resources and checklists, make notes and watch the videos. Practice on a cheap guitar in case it all goes wrong (and it's good experience if it does). And don't forget to ask questions if needed.
I'm looking forward to seeing you on the other side.
Who this course is for:
- Those who are keen to learn more about technical hands-on guitar repair but not 'luthier' level.
- Those wanting to prepare for 'luthier' levels.
- Music shop owners wanting to provide the guitar technician / repair services.
- Guitar owners who have lots of guitars that need some work.
- Those looking to gradually develop a new paid trade.
- Community groups wanting to provide a fun hands-on activity.
- Schools - perhaps a few 'guitar techie students'.
- Folks who have already followed the previous guitar technician modules, looking for the next module.
Qualified as a teacher in 1995. Experience with teaching from ages 7 to 85 in formal and informal settings. Subject Advisor for Initial Teacher Training. Assistant Head Teacher and Subject Leader for Computer Studies. Successful career.
When not marking papers, I enjoy my time teaching people how to play and repair guitars, whilst following my other passions for cooking and traveling the country.
I'm very much a creative person, making the most of life and my interests. And that's also included self employment, something that I really enjoy. I particularly loved the Guitar Repair 'employability' projects that I'd established and ran for a number of years .. and actually secured European Social Funding to deliver the programs, and received a national 'EU Funds Winner' award for the most progress made with individuals. I'm very proud of that, extremely proud of those folks who used the training programs to improve their lives in even the smallest ways, and grateful for those who gave their time freely to help where possible.
Most importantly for me, when you're on my training courses, is that you're inspired, you benefit from the training, and you're enjoying it!
I'll leave it at that, and look forward to seeing you on my training programs.