Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Detroit, MI, USA
Re: Anyone ever replace a fretboard.
1) You don't need CNC to route for pyramids. That's serious overkill. Pyramids are easy enough to do by hand.
2) If you still feel it necessary to do it with CNC, leave the fretboard right where it is. Jig up the neck correctly and do the routing without removing the board.
3) In my opinion, there's no way you are going to do inlay work (at least not good inlay work) without removing the frets. The routing is the easy part there. You still have to level sand the inlays, which is practically impossible to do with the frets in place (and not screw up the fretboard radius). If you could do it, you'd probably scuff up the frets enough to need a level and polish anyway.
4) Yes, it IS possible to carefully remove and replace a fretboard if you really want to do it that way. You need heat and a lot of patience. The fret compression will probably turn the board into a pretzel once you remove it (so you may have to remove the frets anyway).
I'd say don't screw around with this. Pull the frets and do the inlay work right. Then, either learn to do the fret job yourself (it's not THAT difficult) or have the work done for you. It's a lot easier and faster, and will probably produce a much more pleasing result.