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Removing the fretboard on my Les Paul

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On fretboard removal:

I recently took the FB off an old Washburn bass to see if there was anything that could be done to fix the broken truss rod and warped neck (no way....not worth the effort).

The fretboard came off no problem with my clothes iron on the second-highest steam setting, with some careful application of a razor blade, sharp pocket knife, and about 2.5 hours of time.

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I've removed several fretboards (my least favorite thing to do). Some of them come off quickly (15 to 20 minutes), some take longer. In my experience, getting it started is what takes the longest. Trying to get the razor blade under the fretboard can take a while. If you ever remove a fretboard with a locking nut rout, take your time at the end. The wood is so thin in that area that it pays off to steam it for a while and go very slow. I always use the highest setting on my iron.

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