The following are some photo's showing the various stages of the work accomplished and photographed by James Hingston.
Gibson ES 175 (1971)
42 years of playing will wear a fret thin!
The Gibson ES 175 "fretless wonder!"
The guitar was playable but required more finger pressure to fret the note.
At Gryphon Strings - James Hingston's bench
Frets removed waiting for fret board level
Checking the fret board level. Not too bad!
Sanding the fret board.
Making that 41 year old rosewood flat!
Cleaning the fret slots - Important!
Frets radius prepared to match fret board
Cutting the tange to fit neck binding.
Ready to trim the edges.
Hammering in the frets - Almost done!
Frets before fret job look almost non-existent.
Frets after re-fretting. Wow!
Nice tall and round frets product great tone and intonation.
Fret board looks like new too!
Nice new bone nut (save the original) looks nice
I was lucky and got my guitar in and out in a relatively small amount of time. James work was impeccable, detailed and he is an excellent collaborator. The entire staff is top notch and you can rest assured that your instrument will be handled with the utmost care and attention. If you are vacillating about doing a fret job - don't procrastinate! If you love the guitar then get a fret job but if like the guitar - sell it and get a new guitar from Gryphon Stringed Instruments. I am only sorry I waited as long as I did because now I have a new vintage instrument that sounds awesome and will last many many more years.
James Hingston completed the fret work and documentation on this page. Additionally, James is a talented artist and has his own web page. I encourage art enthusiasts to visit his page and support his creativity.