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Old 02-09-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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Frets cutting my hand? Self-fix?

Hi. I love my guitar except for the frets sticking out ever so slightly are really starting to take a toll on my hands. When I'm done I look at the edge of the fret and their are dry skin flakes a plenty (yeah, i know..delicious). Anyway, should I go about filing them down very carefully and slowly or do I need to take it to a pro?
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:31 PM   #2
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Simple answer: Nail File.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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throw it out and buy a new guitar.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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throw it out and buy a new guitar.


what the hell? good advice c|_|nt
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:37 PM   #5
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Put the guitar in the microwave. That will soften the frets so you can play smoothly next time.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:37 PM   #6
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Simple answer: Nail File.


Thats what I was gonna do, but do you think it is likely that I will scuff up the fretboard a little, even if im careful?
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:38 PM   #7
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Right... What's the weather like?

Is it going to stay that way?

You've got Fret Sprout! But yeah, basically, if you take a small file, and file down the offending frets, you'll be solid.

I'd say it's always worth the trouble to get one good setup, though!
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:39 PM   #8
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Thats what I was gonna do, but do you think it is likely that I will scuff up the fretboard a little, even if im careful?


Think of it this way - the friction you create from sliding up and down the fret board over the next few years is going to be much, much greater than if you use a nail file for a few minutes. If you're concerned about scuffing the guitar up, you shouldnt be playing it at all

Just be careful and you shouldn't have too much trouble.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:41 PM   #9
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Put the guitar in the microwave. That will soften the frets so you can play smoothly next time.


wow, all this great advice...thanks for that. Why are you here, shouldn't you be hanging from someone's grundle, ya rotten nutsack...
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:43 PM   #10
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Right... What's the weather like?

Is it going to stay that way?

You've got Fret Sprout! But yeah, basically, if you take a small file, and file down the offending frets, you'll be solid.

I'd say it's always worth the trouble to get one good setup, though!



thanks, i will try it, but why do you mention the weather?
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:45 PM   #11
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What kind of guitar is this....?

Also, you could mask the wood off with masking tape, then file the frets a bit.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:45 PM   #12
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Think of it this way - the friction you create from sliding up and down the fret board over the next few years is going to be much, much greater than if you use a nail file for a few minutes. If you're concerned about scuffing the guitar up, you shouldnt be playing it at all

Just be careful and you shouldn't have too much trouble.


yes, I should be playing it...I don't like damaging anything if it is avoidable...Thats just how i am and it is a practice that allows me to keep my things in good condition for a long time. Thanks for the advice though, I will try to file them.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:46 PM   #13
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What kind of guitar is this....?

Also, you could mask the wood off with masking tape, then file the frets a bit.



good call with the tape, thanks
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:48 PM   #14
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thanks, i will try it, but why do you mention the weather?


Basically, it's to do with the atmospheric conditions. Mostly, humidity.

In a more humid enviroment, the wood of your guitar expands a little. In a less humid enviroment, it contracts a little. The only real problem is that metal contracts much less than wood. Which causes fret sprout, because the wood becomes smaller, but the frets don't.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:50 PM   #15
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Basically, it's to do with the atmospheric conditions. Mostly, humidity.

In a more humid enviroment, the wood of your guitar expands a little. In a less humid enviroment, it contracts a little. The only real problem is that metal contracts much less than wood. Which causes fret sprout, because the wood becomes smaller, but the frets don't.


Oh, in that case...It is very dry and cold here in New York right now The guitar is stored in a room that is usually ~65 F...Im not sure how much of an effect this would actually have.

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Old 02-09-2007, 08:52 PM   #16
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Oh, in that case...It is very dry and cold here in New York right now The guitar is stored in a room that is usually ~65 F...Im not sure how much of an effect this would actually have.


Yeah, cold makes things contract. Just try getting into a cold shower and see what I mean!

But yeah, the frets are sprouting because it's cold, and the wood is contracting.

If you've never had a pro setup, then you might as well get the most out of it and take it down now :p
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:57 PM   #17
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Yeah, cold makes things contract. Just try getting into a cold shower and see what I mean!

But yeah, the frets are sprouting because it's cold, and the wood is contracting.

If you've never had a pro setup, then you might as well get the most out of it and take it down now :p



Here's the thing...I just got it last month and it is has been set up pretty well at the Ibanez factory. I have never played the guitar in a warm environment so how do i know the frets are going to shrink come summer? i really doubt that they will contract to an acceptable level
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:01 PM   #18
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This is absurd. Just file them.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:05 PM   #19
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This is absurd. Just file them.


It is absurd, but I thought he may have a slight point since the frets only stick out like 1/4 millimeter. Oh well...I don't know
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Here's the thing...I just got it last month and it is has been set up pretty well at the Ibanez factory. I have never played the guitar in a warm environment so how do i know the frets are going to shrink come summer? i really doubt that they will contract to an acceptable level


Right, now think of what happens to your guitar between the factory and your hands.

You don't have to worry about the frets shrinking. They aren't really porous enough to worry about. It's all about the fretboard shrinking or expanding - and it's not really going to affect things if it expands over the ends of the frets, because it's not like the bridge and nut expand either.

Basically, the wood bits expand or contract just a bit based on weather; humidity, temperature, all that. When the weather warms up, at least to a stabilisation point, your fretboard will expand again, and probably over the ends of the frets. Then you don't have a problem. But if you want to wait until then to avoid cutting yourself on the frets, then it's a matter of filing away the fret sprout, or getting someone else to do it for you.
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