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    I'm in the same boat - bought 5 gamblers specials (baritones) from Butler music and they all have back bow to varying degrees - I think I can fix one by leveling the frets, but the rest are really out there. Any ideas short of taking off the fretboard?

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    I have used a diamond sharpening "stone" as a fret leveler . it is perfectly flat and just the right length. sandpaper probably would work as well.
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    I've got a fret leveling file (I've fixed several ukes this way) - but the bow on 4 of the 5 would leave me with no frets left if I go that route.
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    How about pulling the frets, leveling the fretboard, and then new frets?

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    If the bow is not huge you could pull the frets, plane or sand the board flat, then re-fret. I'd deepen the slots where you're removing wood *before* they are sanded away.

    Admittedly your fretboard will then be thinner in the middle than the ends, but who else will notice?

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    do i need specialized tools to pull the frets?

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    End nippers with the cutting end ground so that it can get under the fret. Research refretting before you attempt a refret job. This bargain uke is a good one to learn on. I'm no luthier but I've found knowing about frets and fretting has increases my enjoyment of guitars, ukes and banjos greatly.

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    I tried heat on a baritone but I may not have heated enough. It felt warm. I am trying to fix a bow forward. I put it on clamps and just left it. I use to build 3 and 4 string cbg's and never used heat, just clamped the neck for a week or two. Anyone have any luck?

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