#1
Had this guitar since Jan 2017
When I practice scales I have a very light touch, chord playing shouldn't wear like this, and on occasion when just "jamming" I have a tendency to push in on the strings, but that's only a very small part of my playing most of what I do is scale practice and chords.

This wear showing up already suggest to me these are crap frets, what do you folks think?
Normal or substandard fret wire?
#2
I'm squinting at the photograph but not really seeing much fretwear. Maybe a better photo?
#3
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I'm squinting at the photograph but not really seeing much fretwear. Maybe a better photo?

3rd fret from the bottom just above the inlay on the G string is the easiest place to see it, compare that to the A string on the same fret.
I mostly bend the G, B, and high E strings and that's also when I apply the most pressure.

Can't get any closer with camera, but you can right click, view photo, and then zoom in too.
Last edited by 33db at Jun 6, 2017,
#4
You've only really polished the tops of the frets a bit as far as I can see; doesn't seem excessive at all to me
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#5
Your frets could use a bit of polishing -- StewMac has "fret erasers" that will help you get them glassy smooth, and at that point you can see actual wear. As K33nbl4d3 mentioned, you mostly have a polished area next to a slightly dull area; not much in the way of "wear" at all.
#6
What fret wear? Looks like you've barely touched them.

All you're seeing is a bit of tarnish rubbed off the tops of the frets. That tarnish isn't something you want to be there in the first place.

I suggest getting some ultra fine sandpaper, something like 4000 grit, just to rub off the tarnish. Then you'll see if you're actually wearing the frets, which by the looks of things, you haven't at all.
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#7
Hmmm, well it looked like wear to me, perhaps it isn't.  I'll check out the fret erasers.


I think stewmac is overpriced, I got the exact same string ruler dealy for $12 and they were selling it for $40.
They have a lot of quality stuff but they charge too much for it.
I can get 2 fret erasers from japan decent quality for $10 on ebay and the same item on stewmac is $14.50
Last edited by 33db at Jun 6, 2017,
#8
Stewmac is indeed massively overpriced. As far as I'm concerned, Stewmac's existence is only justified as a means of devising specialist tools so that other companies can make identical copies (that are just as good quality), but far cheaper.

I prefer 4000 grit sandpaper as it does the job just as well but it's cheaper and more readily available.
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Stewmac is indeed massively overpriced. As far as I'm concerned, Stewmac's existence is only justified as a means of devising specialist tools so that other companies can make identical copies (that are just as good quality), but far cheaper.

I prefer 4000 grit sandpaper as it does the job just as well but it's cheaper and more readily available.

Yeah the paper would be cheap and easier to get at a store.
But I've been sanding down some rail work around the house, you have to be real careful, and I don't think I want to use paper on the guitar, the erasers seem more "accurate".
#10
Thanks guys I was kind of disappointed when I thought the frets were already wearing down, feel better now and I'll clean them up a bit when the erasers get delivered just to be sure.
#11
I think StewMac prices are at the top of the range as well, but they're a go-to when you need a specific tool that works correctly the first time.

Same deal for a lot of tools. There are times when the Harbor Fright (not a typo) tool was completely adequate and the right price, and others where the cheap tool broke and caused injury but the right tool was definitely the right price even when significantly more expensive.
#13
It is important to remember that most new guitars have polished frets so they might look like they are getting a lot of wear in the beginning but in reality you are just knocking off the shine.  Also keep in mind that the frets do wear faster when they are  have been newly crowed because they provide less surface area for the string to grind on.  This means new frets will show wear relatively quickly but it slows down.  I suggest you don't worry about fretwear until you start getting fretbuzz as a result of the wear.
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I think StewMac prices are  at the top of the range as well, but they're a go-to when you need a specific tool that works correctly the first time.

Same deal for a lot of tools. There are times when the Harbor Fright (not a typo) tool was completely adequate and the right price, and others where the cheap tool broke and caused injury but the right tool was definitely the right price even when significantly more expensive.

he speaks truth. stew mac is overpriced, but all i have seen are either (or both) top quality or something that is a specialty tool that isn't necessarily available elsewhere or exclusive to them.

i had to LOL about the Harbor Freight stuff, because it was true. i have some 10+ year old harbor freight that still works fine today and some dewalt stuff or snapon that has needed to be replaced first. i think things has slipped a little bit (to say the least) over time, and maybe they aren't as cheap.
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