1974 Stratocaster Refret

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This nice 1974 Stratocaster was in the shop for a refret. It is getting Jumbo frets but the neck was was made with a very thin curved rosewood veneer fretboard. The larger frets require a much deeper fret slot. I could have sawed the fret slots deeper but this would not have looked good from the side of the neck. I always try to look to the future when working on instruments. Given that the larger frets are not vintage correct for this instrument I can imagine a time when a future owner might want to go back to the original size. In order to maintain the fret slots as they are I milled the tang shorter on all of the frets before installing them. I was able to get them to the correct depth while maintaining the barbs that hold them in.