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Old 04-18-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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RG Prestige soft fret wire?

I have an RG1570 made in 2009, bought new about 5 months ago. Since then, I've noticed that the windings of the thicker strings cause slight scratches along the frets. They're Ernie Ball Regular Slinkies, not particularly rough.

Now, I'm not the lightest player in the world, but I have other guitars, ones that I've been playing for several years, and this hasn't happened.

So, what gives? Is there something I don't know, like do the frets need polishing/dressing or something, or does Ibanez simply use soft fret wire? If so, wtf, I would have expected more from the Prestige line. Shall I expect that the frets will wear out in 3-4 years?
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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Just give em a light sanding w/ 1000 grit metal sandpaper.
Some even comes with Dunlops formula 65 kit.
Its not uncommon and I doubt you'll chew through the frets that fast.
My 12 year old ibbys frets are still pristine, prolly get another 10 years outta them at least.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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different types of fret-wire will wear at different rates. my godin has stainless steel frets that have almost no wear after 7 years, my G&L bass is going in for its second re-fret (bell-brass frets). the different wires also have an impact on the tone of the guitar, so theres usually a reason to pick softer or harder fret materials.

5 months is definitely a little quick for significant damage, but a little wear isn't abnormal. just keep an eye on it. as long as it doesn't impede playing, its not really a big deal
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:12 PM   #4
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It may not be the fret's themselves but the shape/size of the neck that's affecting how much pressure your placing on the frets. If that is the case they you are probably putting more pressure then you realize on the frets, but replacing frets 3-4 years down the road and just getting a better quality frets isn't all bad.

Your action may also be a bit high, so see if you can adjust it to be lower it should help take some of the pressure required to play notes.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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I have an RG1570 made in 2009, bought new about 5 months ago. Since then, I've noticed that the windings of the thicker strings cause slight scratches along the frets. They're Ernie Ball Regular Slinkies, not particularly rough.

Now, I'm not the lightest player in the world, but I have other guitars, ones that I've been playing for several years, and this hasn't happened.

So, what gives? Is there something I don't know, like do the frets need polishing/dressing or something, or does Ibanez simply use soft fret wire? If so, wtf, I would have expected more from the Prestige line. Shall I expect that the frets will wear out in 3-4 years?


I have a used one but that's nothing to worry about. Btw changing guitar frets is a cheap and easy operation which can even improve the tone; in right hands.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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It may not be the fret's themselves but the shape/size of the neck that's affecting how much pressure your placing on the frets. If that is the case they you are probably putting more pressure then you realize on the frets, but replacing frets 3-4 years down the road and just getting a better quality frets isn't all bad.

Your action may also be a bit high, so see if you can adjust it to be lower it should help take some of the pressure required to play notes.


The neck is almost straight, there's barely any bow. And the action is low but not "Ibanez low". Somewhere is the vicinity of 1.4 mm at the 24th fret. I don't like it too low, I have to get some tactile feedback when pressing the strings. Like I said, I'm not the lightest player. Probably have to work more on that...

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I have a used one but that's nothing to worry about. Btw changing guitar frets is a cheap and easy operation which can even improve the tone; in right hands.


What are you talking about? Aside from major repairs, it's one of the most complex and delicate guitar modifications. Cheap? A luthier would charge at least 200-250 euros for a refret. Not that it matters, since there aren't any respectable luthiers anywhere near me, so in the event that a fret dressing/refret is required, I'll have to do it myself.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:16 PM   #7
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Fret changing is not a cheap and easy task. I wanted to try out SS frets on one of my guitars. After getting quotes from a few, I decided not to. lol
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