#1
I am trying to use more vibrato / bends in my songs, but I have a question/concern. When I am playing a quick lick, and It requires me to bend on the same fret & string a few times, and I play it over and over to learn it, I can actually feel the fret wearing down under the bend. I can hear it scratching the fret off, and afterwards I see some gray dust on the fretboard. I am wondering how big of a deal it is. Should I try not to bend on the same fret so often, ignore it, or what? Does this happen to you? Thanks.
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#2
Never happened to me before, what guitar and what type of strings?
#4
Relax it is all good I mean have you seen david gilmours strat on the pulse dvd on one song he is peforming there is wood wearing away on the fret board. I dont think there is need for alarm at the moment maybe keep an eye on it though.
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#5
Ibanez RG, still have crap stock strings, been meaning to swap em but I haven't got a chance lately.
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Ibanez RG, still have crap stock strings, been meaning to swap em but I haven't got a chance lately.

What kind of RG?

and yes, you should swap the strings, that may be the problem.
#7
If it is the stock strings maybe they are getting rusty and when you bend the rust flakes off onto the fret. Try polishing the frets and see if there are actual dents or wear on the frets.
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#8
/\ alright thanks osiris. I'll probably take it easy for now, and try to switch strings asap. When they are off, I'll check out the frets just to be sure.
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#9
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u should use vibratos and bends and press the strings hard enough
so it would wear your fretboard too
then u'll get a priceless scallopped neck =]
i want my maple neck to have sweat stains. it looks pretty cool vintage lookin
my frets are "Kinda" wearing down but i can believe it is not wearing.
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#10
On my guitars i have little shiny/worn spots where i bend and vibrato a lot. I doubt any real damage is taking place. Plus now you can get that cool "relic" look that everyone seems to love these days.
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If you want the dirty sweaty look, the fastest way is to scrape the finish off your neck. I scraped the finish off mine because I love the feel of the raw wood, unfortunate side-effect, it gets dirty, real quick.
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#12
You should change those strings just out of course, get some D'addario's on there or something.

It shouldn't be happening that fast but to be honest, it'll take years to wear out a fretboard so I wouldn't worry about it, just change the strings and keep playing.

After all, if they are wearing away, there's nothing you can do so why worry until you have to change it?
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#13
There was a thread about this several months ago, where a guy was noticing silver dust on his fretboard after doing bends.

The material that frets are made out of (nickel silver) is harder than strings, so it is either your strings coming apart, or just gunk coming off your frets.

My advice is to just get some new strings. If the problem persists get some elixirs.
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maybe the strings are old and grimy and dirty
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You should change those strings just out of course, get some D'addario's on there or something.

I second the D'Addario's. Best brand imo but you should still shop around and find the best brand and guage for you over time.
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