#1
Good day everyone, I've bought a Dean ML79F sometime ago and recently discovered that it has some small and not very deep scratches on first 5 frets. All of them are between 1 and 2nd string. The thing is that other guitar started to have scratches in the same places. I'm thinking that is has something to do with my playing? Is it possible that I'm pressing down strings too hard in first 5 frets when doing bends or smth?
PS it does not affects the playability or the sound anyhow.

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Last edited by BigYankBAll at Oct 10, 2016,
#2
that seems odd.

How are you storing your guitar? Do you lay it fretboard down against hard surfaces?
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#4
Are you sure that it wasn't there when you bought it? Seems like something had to happen, sure you'll see fret wear but it tends to be over the area's you focus most your time, not just one fret in between two strings.

Are you using cheap strings or maybe not replacing them often enough?
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#5
are you using stainless steel strings?
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#6
I thought so too, but then it's weird because they also started to appear the same way on other guitar and it's not only 1 fret it's from 1st till 5th.
I'm using DR strings, there was a period of time when I could not change the strings because the local musical shops stopped selling the strings which I'm used have.
#7
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Good day everyone, I've bought a Dean ML79F sometime ago and recently discovered that it has some small and not very deep scratches on first 5 frets. All of them are between 1 and 2nd string. The thing is that other guitar started to have scratches in the same places. I'm thinking that is has something to do with my playing? Is it possible that I'm pressing down strings too hard in first 5 frets when doing bends or smth?


It's entirely possible that you're Gorilla Gripping those cowboy chords. It's an electric guitar. Lighten up -- a LOT. Let the guitar do the work.
If you're whanging away on the guitar like you would an acoustic, you're well on your way to wearing out a set of frets. Next guitar you buy, get one that has stainless streel frets. They last longer. But check your fretboard between the frets and see if you're developing divots there as well. If you are, then there's no question that you're using too heavy a touch. You should NOT need to touch the fretboard with your strings.
#8
dspellman It could be that I'm pressing too hard, but I can't say that I used those cowboy chords that often and fretboards on both guitars don't seem to develop any divots. I'll try to develop a lighter touch then.
#9
i'm not sure what could've caused that. i don't think anything you could do playing habits wise can cause that..

but try polishing the frets with #0000 steel wool.. those don't look very deep at all, that should clean it up
Last edited by trashbeast at Oct 12, 2016,
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i'm not sure what could've caused that. i don't think anything you could do playing habits wise can cause that..

but try polishing the frets with #0000 steel wool.. those don't look very deep at all, that should clean it up



+1 that is what i would do.

also, to have that problem this early with it is quite odd.
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#12
guitarkid8
Yeah, I played with slide a couple of times, could that be a reason?
Last edited by BigYankBAll at Oct 15, 2016,
#13
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guitarkid8
Yeah, I played with slide a couple of times, could that be a reason?


Yeah, the slide dented the fret.
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#15
trashedlostfdup
Was not aware that slide can cause it, will have to stop using it on my electrics then.
#16
you can dent the frets, that is all. to a degree it is technique.

I would recommend using a lighter slide, thin glass walled, that is best to start with. then you can go heavier if you want i like brass, but its a journey.
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#17
Before my 2016 model Gibson Les Paul (one of the ones around $800) turned a year old, I had already noticed some fret wear in a few different spots, which shocked me. I'd believe it if it was Frey wear personally. Do you use that area of the fretboard much?
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#18
telecastrmastr

Can't tell for sure how often I use that area, but for sure not that often.
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Before my 2016 model Gibson Les Paul (one of the ones around $800) turned a year old, I had already noticed some fret wear in a few different spots, which shocked me. I'd believe it if it was Frey wear personally. Do you use that area of the fretboard much?


if you play it a lot, that isn't uncommon.

i seem to eat frets fast. my LP needs a crown and level soon, and i only have maybe two years of playing into it (i have owned it since 2009, but it sat for a while).
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