Should I address fret sprout if I move to more humid place??

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  1. StratyCat

    StratyCat Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi all,

    I just got my new strat, and realize there are some sharp fret ends and fret sprouts out of the box that needs to be addressed, so I brought a fret address file from stewmac, oh man, that thing is pricy as hell and it better do the job.

    But what I want to know is should I address the fret sprout now if I plan to move to a place (south Asia) wherewith higher humidity with my guitar, I currently live in South America, almost the driest state in the country, what happen if I address them now?

    Thanks!
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  2. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Nevermind.
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    If you do them now, they're done, no more worries where ever you go. You wasted your money though, you could have used any small file, or even sandpaper.
     
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  4. telepraise

    telepraise Strat-O-Master

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    You already have the file, dress them now and avoid slicing your fingers. Enjoy that new strat!
     
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  5. StratyCat

    StratyCat Strat-Talk Member

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    I definitely going to address the round the sharp fret end right away, just not sure about the sprout portion at the side of the neck.
    I heard that the fret sprout is caused by wood shrunk but metal doesn't. So I am curious that if I move to a new place, the wood would probably expand after absorbing moisture, would the frets aren't long enough for my fretboard if I address it now?

    And yes, I definitely think that file is overpriced, but I am new to address fret by myself, so I think it would be easier for me if I got a good tool to start.
     
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    jaxjaxon Strat-O-Master

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    Yes it could cause the frets to be too short after it gets more humidity. You should try and keep the humidity more stable like 40 to50% all the time if you can.
     
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  7. stevierayfan91

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    Hi, @StratyCat

    If have not done fretwork before, it may be good idea to let good tech do it.
     
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  8. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    I would address it now. It is not likely to get worse when you move, and even if it does you have the means to address it again. I wouldn't be uncomfortable in the meantime.
     
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  9. 3bolt79

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    You are still going to need to polish the fret ends after the file. Be sure to mask off the wood with painters tape first. And I use one of these to polish up the metal after the file. Get them at a woman’s beauty supply store or nail salon. image.jpg
     
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