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shredmandan
post Oct 30 2007, 05:25 AM
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hey all
I was wondering if this was possible or worth it

My frets on this guitar i have are uncomfortable,maybe its just even the neck.I was thinking is it possible to file down the frets on a fretboard to make them not as large?I wouldnt do it myself ofcourse but just wondering if anybody does this .When you have a dead fret on a guitar sometimes you have to file down a fret to fix that problem but im talking about doing them all laugh.gif .I just like smaller frets and these have to be like extra jumbo size.

Let me know if any of you have heard of this and if you think it can work,being done by a proffesional


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post Oct 30 2007, 05:47 AM
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QUOTE (shredmandan @ Oct 30 2007, 05:25 AM) *
hey all
I was wondering if this was possible or worth it

My frets on this guitar i have are uncomfortable,maybe its just even the neck.I was thinking is it possible to file down the frets on a fretboard to make them not as large?I wouldnt do it myself ofcourse but just wondering if anybody does this .When you have a dead fret on a guitar sometimes you have to file down a fret to fix that problem but im talking about doing them all laugh.gif .I just like smaller frets and these have to be like extra jumbo size.

Let me know if any of you have heard of this and if you think it can work,being done by a proffesional

It's possible to change the frets entierly and put in a smaller kind.

I'd suggest you don't file them since that likely would end in a catastrophy and in worst case you'd had to change the frets all over anyway since they wouldn't be playable.
Filing frets is just for very tiny fine adjustment and not to get what you're looking for, which is a brand new set. It's unlikely you'd manage to file them all to the exact same size. Not that I question your filing abilities, I'm sure you're a teriffic filer, I'm just questioning if that's the kind of work the human race would be capable of, filing all frets to a difference less than a fraction of a millimeter.
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post Oct 30 2007, 05:52 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Oct 29 2007, 11:47 PM) *
It's possible to change the frets entierly and put in a smaller kind.

I'd suggest you don't file them since that likely would end in a catastrophy and in worst case you'd had to change the frets all over anyway since they wouldn't be playable.
Filing frets is just for very tiny fine adjustment and not to get what you're looking for, which is a brand new set. It's unlikely you'd manage to file them all to the exact same size. Not that I question your filing abilities, I'm sure you're a teriffic filer, I'm just questioning if that's the kind of work the human race would be capable of, filing all frets to a difference less than a fraction of a millimeter.
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I'm with Micke. The task of getting every fret filed to such fine tolerance would be a very tricky proposition. I would think the chance for disater would be too great. I guess if you feel that the guitar is nearly unusable without modification you could give it a whirl but if you have any real attachment to it you might want to leave such things to professionals. good Luck.


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post Oct 30 2007, 07:55 AM
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+1 with MickeM and Maximus.

I had a friend who many years ago filed the frets down on his J Bass because he wanted a fretless. Cost him a whole lot more getting a luthier to pull the frets after he finished then if he had paid the guy to do the job properly in the first place.

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post Oct 30 2007, 08:02 AM
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Thanks guys you gotta good point smile.gif

I just knew that people filled frets when there were minor problems and though maybe it was possable,but i definatly see that filling each one the exact same way would be almost impossible.I think im just gonna have to try and get used to this neck for awhile .Thanks alll


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