#1
So i decided to put some lighter gauge strings on my warwick but it caused fret buzz and wore down my first fret (ALOT). Is there anyway to buy another warwick fret? Or possibly fill in the hole on the fret (Hey, it might work)?

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#2
I would have it re-fretted with stainless frets, that way you won't wear them down no matter what you string it with.
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#3
But then I would have one shiny silver frets next to a bunch of golden brass ones :P
And i'm pretty sure that even stainless steel frets would wear down eventually.
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#5
Brass is a pretty soft metal, hence why it's worn down so quickly, I'd definately go get it refretted, but get it done by a pro, you don't want a bodged fretting job.


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But then I would have one shiny silver frets next to a bunch of golden brass ones :P
And i'm pretty sure that even stainless steel frets would wear down eventually.


I meant having the whole neck re-fretted.

And the average life span of a set of stainless frets is just huge. Upwards of 10 or 15 years, even with heavy use.

Just something to consider.
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#7
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Re-fret the whole neck?

Yeah.
Because that is a lot easier than just replacing one fret.
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#8
You can buy replacement Warwick frets from their website.

And they shouldn't wear down. I've had my Wawick for a good 3 years and there's no damage to the frets whatsoever.
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#9
....Where on their website?
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#10
Stainless steel frets don't sound nearly as good as warwick frets.
Their frets are part of the tone man.
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#11
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Yeah.
Because that is a lot easier than just replacing one fret.


I was pointing out that diditfortehlulz meant the whole neck...
#12
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I was pointing out that diditfortehlulz meant the whole neck...

OK?
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So i decided to put some lighter gauge strings on my warwick but it caused fret buzz and wore down my first fret (ALOT). Is there anyway to buy another warwick fret? Or possibly fill in the hole on the fret (Hey, it might work)?

I posted in gear building and customizing but got nothing.
I figured the bass people would know


How long have you had this Warwick? I'm receiving a Warwick Corvette in a few days and wondering if fret damage is something to look out for.
#14
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How long have you had this Warwick? I'm receiving a Warwick Corvette in a few days and wondering if fret damage is something to look out for.

Meh.
I don't think the frets would wear that much under normal playing.
You should be good.
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#15
Uh, truss rod adjustment much? What would make you arrive at the conclusion that fret 1 is worn out after restringing to LIGHTER strings? It should have sounded that way before the string change otherwise. Also, raise that JAN.

And I'm not sure if Warwick uses normal brass - theirs is 'bell brass' and could be some sort of special alloy. Bells don't wear out easily.
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Uh, truss rod adjustment much? What would make you arrive at the conclusion that fret 1 is worn out after restringing to LIGHTER strings? It should have sounded that way before the string change otherwise. Also, raise that JAN.

And I'm not sure if Warwick uses normal brass - theirs is 'bell brass' and could be some sort of special alloy. Bells don't wear out easily.

It might have been a combination of switching to lighter stainless steel strings.
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#18
De-fret it?
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#19
Warwick uses "bell brass", which is essentially a kick-ass bronze alloy. That "wear" that you're seeing is simply the finish on the fret being worn off, not the fret itself. It happens on every bass. And you can be reassured that Warwick frets are a lot tougher than many others out there.

Any evidence of a "groove" being worn in your fret is just the finish and shine being taken off. Trust me, I own three Warwicks- from '95, '96, and '97. Cool part is, all three have almost no fret wear after 11 to 13 years of use. Yes, there are marks in the fret finish where the string has worn through the shine, but the fret is completely intact. When I first looked at my frets, I thought they were chewed all to hell, but after closer inspection and some research, I found they were just fine. It's just a little Warwick illusion :p

Also, to back my claim, I've brought up this issue to my dad before, who has a degree in metallurgy and 30 years of experience in luthierie and gunsmithing. I'm pretty convinced!

If you're still concerned, a little company called DR makes some wonderful strings that, despite being stainless steel, are extremely soft and easy on your frets. Plus, they sound sweet and last forever, and most of their strings fit Warwick bridges. I'm a fan of the Long Necks and Lo-Riders. On my Warwick Flashback, I used D'Addario Chromes flats.
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#20
The manual says the frets do tarnish, but you can shine them up using steel wool something or other and scrubbing them.
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The manual says the frets do tarnish, but you can shine them up using steel wool something or other and scrubbing them.


That's so you can remove the green bronze rust that develops from sweat. It also slightly helps with restoring the uniform look that your strings disrupted.
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