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Boson
post Oct 12 2010, 09:30 PM
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Have noticed that the frets on my Brian Moore are flat on top. Not across the whole fretboard but mainly the three high strings between about 5th and 14th frets. Exactly where most of my bending takes place I guess.

I have played the guitar for 2/3 hours every day for the last year or so. I use Ernie ball 9's so heavy strings are not the issue.

Is this degree of wear normal? Am I fretting too hard maybe?

Does anyone know how easy a fret redress is?


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post Oct 12 2010, 10:19 PM
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This is normal. I bought a cheap squire and whilst it was a really nice guitar wore the frets out in 12 months.

Fret dressing is a tricky job. You need at least a fret rocker level and a fret dressing tool. Prob a 2 foot straight edge as well. And as soon as you recrown one you have to adjust all the rest.

Any decent luthier will be able to do it with there eyes closed...well not quite but it's not a big deal. Reckon you'll be looking at £75 or so... but I'd get a pro set up while your there!!
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post Oct 12 2010, 11:01 PM
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Yeah, I noticed my guitars sort of have fret wear.


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post Oct 13 2010, 02:18 AM
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I don't have much to say but I do know that a lot of people have chosen stainless steel frets, Which are incredibly durable. Good luck.


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post Oct 13 2010, 02:35 AM
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QUOTE (Boson @ Oct 12 2010, 03:30 PM) *
Have noticed that the frets on my Brian Moore are flat on top. Not across the whole fretboard but mainly the three high strings between about 5th and 14th frets. Exactly where most of my bending takes place I guess.

I have played the guitar for 2/3 hours every day for the last year or so. I use Ernie ball 9's so heavy strings are not the issue.

Is this degree of wear normal? Am I fretting too hard maybe?

Does anyone know how easy a fret redress is?



You are not talking about a neck with a graduated radius are you? A lot are like that, flatter at top, more curve at bottom. I don't know about that guitar. I played guitars more than that, and no fret wear that I can tell. So maybe you have a graduated radius, and just now noticed. My Parker has a neck like that.
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post Oct 13 2010, 02:47 PM
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parker frets don't wear out.

most frets have some sort of nickle in to make them workable.

are you getting a lot of buzzing?

it may cause very slight intonation problems but i doubt it, does it bother you?
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post Oct 13 2010, 09:35 PM
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The guitar wasnt cheap it is meant to be a quality guitar, but all of a sudden it sounds awful! Trying to get any sort of a note on the high E string is just impossible it just sounds dead and awful.

The frets have toatally flattened insted of being rounded so they do not ring properly. The strat copy that I bought on ebay for £21 sound better at the moment!

I love the versitility of this guitar but am disappointed that this has happened so quickly.

A refret it is I think!



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post Oct 18 2010, 07:40 PM
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QUOTE (stratman79 @ Oct 12 2010, 09:19 PM) *
This is normal. I bought a cheap squire and whilst it was a really nice guitar wore the frets out in 12 months.

Fret dressing is a tricky job. You need at least a fret rocker level and a fret dressing tool. Prob a 2 foot straight edge as well. And as soon as you recrown one you have to adjust all the rest.

Any decent luthier will be able to do it with there eyes closed...well not quite but it's not a big deal. Reckon you'll be looking at £75 or so... but I'd get a pro set up while your there!!


I would take Stratman's advise and do a fret level and dressing first. The files to do the job are expensive and it's probably not worth buying them yourself just for one job.
If Stratman can wear out a set of frets in 12 months, I think he should be buying the tools. biggrin.gif Then again, it's probably cheaper to buy another Squier!
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post Oct 18 2010, 10:09 PM
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biggrin.gif It get played most of every day as its my teaching guitar but the frets on these cheap squires are super soft, they're not worn out but worn down...

I do have the tools because I was interested in learning (and have done a couple of builds) but I still wouldn't do it on an expensive guitar.

The great thing about those cheap squires is they're almost disposable, once one gets a problem chuck it out and buy a new one.

@ BOSON

I don't know what model it is maybe you should drop them an email. Get some super jumbo ones put in smile.gif
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post Oct 19 2010, 06:57 PM
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Fret wear is normal, it's not a big deal. As others said, paying 80-120e for the job+frets to a decent luthier can save you a lot of hassle if you haven't done this job before. It can be tricky.


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post Oct 20 2010, 07:09 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys, very useful. biggrin.gif


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