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    Fretboard Removal??

    I've picked up a project guitar and it seems like the former user had some serious finger nails. What is the easiest to remove the fretboard? The neck is very straight and I don't want to do anything to hurt that so I don't know if heat or steam would be a good idea. Any help appreciated. I can get a new rosewood fretboard from Stew-Mac for less than $20. with the proper scale length, fret slots already cut.

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    Far from being close to resembling anything like a luthier, but I have removed mine a few times with just a hair dryer and a paint scraper, slow and easy....fwiw, none of the ones I've removed were older than a week or two of being attached, so your mileage might vary...

    With the double fret markers on the seventh fret, I'm curious, was/is this a mandolin or uke? Have fun!
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    I knew I had seen this trick before.

    Here they are using a houshold iron to heat up the fretboard and soften the glue underneath it to be able to remove it.

    Pretty much the same as Kens hair drier and paint scraper.

    http://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online_Resources/Repair_Tools/Why_use_a_household_iron_on_a_fretboard.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    With the double fret markers on the seventh fret, I'm curious, was/is this a mandolin or uke? Have fun!
    It's a 6 string guitar(Cameo Brand) I haven't been able to find much about them on the web, but I imagine it's from the 70's or 80's. I'll try the hair dryer and Iron. and see which works best. Thanks
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    Tackle it yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Tackle it yet?
    Not yet, I'm trying to decide if I want to put the money and work into something that might be just a mediocre guitar. I put in on the back burner for the time being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    Not yet, I'm trying to decide if I want to put the money and work into something that might be just a mediocre guitar. I put in on the back burner for the time being.
    From what I can tell about Cameo guitars, that's probably a good approach to take with this one. You might go from a junky guitar to a junky guitar* with a nice fingerboard.

    Those marks you're seeing on the existing fingerboard are from string wear, and you can tell the wood is stained. They used a soft, cheap wood n the fingerboards. That right there is an indication that the quality of wood in the rest of the guitar is suspect.




    * I should mention that I have nothing against some junky guitars. I used to teach lessons on a beat up Sears guitar that played and sounded great for the purpose. But it was a kind of rare bird, as junky guitars go.
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    Back burner is much better than patio burner {DAMHIKT}....Good thinking, I should try that sometime
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