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Minor fret worn

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Gl4th, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    307267CF-43E4-4770-AAC5-D69BD36F284E.jpeg F0BAED9C-8F36-497A-B69B-3A33C32EE82C.jpeg 7FAD9DE3-F24B-4161-9D6F-D50A609F3880.jpeg 35EF6BEC-9D1D-4E63-9177-432148A5ACFF.jpeg After 6 months of regular use (2 or 3 times a week for 1 or 2 hours) I’ve noticed some frets have a slightly flatter top. Never experienced something like that on my Les Pauls, would you consider this for a recrown or it is normal and I don’t have to worry?

    I don’t have heavy hands and the “problem” is only on 3 frets, under the G string of 5, 6, 7 frets.
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's nothing to worry about.
     
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  3. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Guitars have minor frets? :eek: I've only been playing the major frets.

    No wonder my playing sucks....:(
     
  4. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    Oops, sorry if I made some mistake in the title. :(
     
  5. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    The frets look OK to me.
    Inconsequential wear.
     
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  6. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    Jun 28, 2011
    ok
    Happens. Years from now, you'll be able to tell when you need to re-crown them.
     
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  7. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    I didn't see any fret wear.
    They look practically new.
    6-10 hrs a week should not present much wear at all, especially with a light touch.
     
  8. maqcatt

    maqcatt Strat-O-Master

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    Sep 25, 2008
    silverdale wa
    That's very minor. You won't need to dress them until they start fretting out badly (buzzing).

    S Mac
     
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  9. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Texas
  10. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    Italy
    I want to bump this post because now when I bend the B string to the point where the fret has some kind of small "cavity" (under the G string) the bend doesn't sound smooth and clean.

    To summarize:
    • Fret wear (9th and 10th frets) under the G strings
    • NO buzz when I play the G string in such positions
    • Strings 10-46
    • Action 3/64'' (if I made my conversion right, it is 1,3 mm)
    • Neck radius 9.5"
    • Relief .010"
    The question
    Considering the fret wear is localized on just two frets and that the problem is only when I bend that specific note, do you suggest that: I have my whole frets leveled and recrowned, or there is some other way to solve the problem, or I just have to live with it as you already suggested?

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  11. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    That wear is very small. Your action is very low. If it were my guitar, I'd raise the action, but then I don't like very low action.
     
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  12. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    You mentioned the action because you think that if I rise it I would some way solve the problem or it is just a consideration about the action itself?
     
  13. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 4, 2013
    largo,fl
    if you can feel it, fix it - hard to say with my eyes looking on the interweb but it looks possible that the guitar fell and damaged the frets. the damage looks consistent in 2 places which is why i say that - but i have been wrong today already....
     
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  14. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    No, the guitar never fell. It is just fret wear I got by using
     
  15. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
  16. alainvey

    alainvey Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 31, 2015
    London, UK
    This looks typical for a Mexican Fender (might be typical for all Fenders, but I only have experience of MIMs). My non-Fender guitar has been played twice as much as the Fenders and has almost no wear after about 3 years.
     
  17. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    Italy
    It is Made in USA
     
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  18. alainvey

    alainvey Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 31, 2015
    London, UK
    Nevertheless, I think this is probably par for the course on Fender guitars. Most people here who have commented consider the wear in the pictures to be insignificant (and it is, relatively speaking), which suggests that it is in keeping with their experiences of Fender guitars.

    FWIW it looks to me like the kind of wear I get from heavy vibrato and the like, not the result of any particular incident.
     
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  19. Gl4th

    Gl4th Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 18, 2018
    Italy
    Ok, I get it.
    You know, sometimes you become in a way obsessive when you have something that is not 100% ok with your guitar, and keep on playing always the same notes to hear again and again what's wrong...
     
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  20. alainvey

    alainvey Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 31, 2015
    London, UK
    I get like this, too.

    I'm not saying it's unreasonable to complain about this, though. In fact, I think that (based on my extensive and exhaustive experience of 3 Fender guitars) Fender's frets seem to get worn out more quickly than the other brands I have played.

    Still, I would probably not bother getting that level of wear re-crowned. If I could do it myself, maybe, but not if I have to pay £60-100 to get it done. You should see my strat, it's a fright!
     
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