Fret Repair On Dean ML

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So, I was practicing my Pantera licks, and while depressing the Floyd Rose tremolo all the way down, strings completely flopping around slack..

When I brought the bar back up there was a loud TWANGGGG!!

The high E string had gotten caught under the edge of the 21st and 22nd frets. When I released the tremolo it pulled up these two frets.
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So for years now I've just been playing this guitar with those two frets removed. I've talked to a couple of luthiers about replacing the frets and the cost was gonna be higher than I thought was reasonable.

I ordered all the tools and materials from StewMac to do the job myself, and I'll be posting the ensuing fuckery here so I can be mocked by the entire Internets for not taking this guitar to a luthier.
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Full disclosure: I attempted this repair once before, several years ago without having the proper tools or materials, and it went to shit (as anyone could have predicted).
 
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building up damaged fretboard suing Teflon dam and a mixture of rosewood sawdust & superglue.
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fret crowning completed and boiled linseed oil applied to fretboard

(Dean appears to use frets that are neither silver, or gold colored.. but somewhere in between)

I sourced the gold ones from Stew Mac as they were closer to the originals than the silver colored ones.

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Refretting is something that I haven't gotten around to learning yet.
 
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Refretting is something that I haven't gotten around to learning yet.
Honestly, the guitar plays better than ever, due to having to level the entire fretboard after installing the new frets.

Since I never tried crowning frets before this repair (didn't have a fret crowning tool), I went ahead and re-crowned all worn frets while I was doing this job.

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Damn!!! What an accident to play out like that - great work in the end and I know it feels good to have that one back in top playing shape
 
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