What do you do for your frets?

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  1. Fenderbaum

    Fenderbaum Strat-O-Master

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    I give them a rub every string change.
    I just love the feeling of smooth silky frets that makes love to the strings..
    Suave as f.....
     
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  2. Exhead

    Exhead Senior Stratmaster

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    I do know if selling a guitar and polishing frets, etc in preparation for the sell and photos of it help to sell the instrument for the price asked without issue. Most people see a gleaming guitar and have little to haggle about. Of course persons here may think I have removed the fun or have taken away hours of work by doing all of it for them, perspective of course of the modder.
     
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  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    Bingo. I'm kinda surprised to find so many responding that they do little or nothing to clean, resurface, and polish frets and clean their fretboards regularly. A little preventive maintenance during a string change may prolong fret life.

    I'll simply use the same rationale that the NHL does for resurfacing the ice between periods. If you ever played hockey and skated on fresh ice vs ice that's been skated over and chipped up for 20 minutes you'd realize you get somewhat the same experience from playing clean well polished frets. :)
     
  4. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    I've been using Gorgomyte for several years and have never had that happen on any maple board I have. The residue doesn't seem to penetrate into the wood but if there was any stubborn residue left the Music Nomad F-One Oil should remove it. That product actually does clean and will penetrate to condition the wood on rosewood or other non-maple fretboards.

    Give the new stuff a shot. It's only $10 for a large cloth that can do 15-20 necks so if you don't like it you can just pitch it in the trash.
     
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  5. Exhead

    Exhead Senior Stratmaster

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    Will do.
     
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    Don't make it harder than it has to be....

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  7. Boubou

    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Are you supposed to do anything with your frets?
     
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  8. Bakelite1

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    Brasso.
     
  9. Morf2540

    Morf2540 Senior Stratmaster

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    You're supposed to do stuff for your frets?
     
  10. myredstrat

    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I tell them how nice they look, and NO they are not getting fat. I buy them flowers at least once a year, and never look at other frets;)
     
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    Don't forget to be responsible and bring the fret rubbers.
     
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  12. duzie

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  13. myredstrat

    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Nah! I just use the rhythm method:whistling:
     
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  15. Stratoman10

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    Check them for divots every once in awhile. But thats about it
     
  16. StratoStrummer

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    Here it is.
    My first electric back from early 90s. Epiphone s310.
    Never refretted.
    Just got it back after some 15 years or so from a friend Who had no care of it all. Kept it in a humid basement and left it there.

    Took this pic when I had done only 2 frets. All neck took me about 40 minute.
    Polished the frets with the polishing system by planet waves-d'addario.
    Now they shine. It works.
     
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  17. thomquietwolf

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    Just look at them....
    Wonder why they don't work for me
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    @fezz parka 's or most everyone else's
    Ah
    Sweet mysteries of life
     
  18. Archtops

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    I just did a fret polish with some fret edge relief. I tape on each side of the fret then use emery paper for a slight crowning then follow up with fingernail sanding/polishing pads that are 400 and 4000. The fingernail sanding blocks are very inexpensive compared to the commercial fret erasures and sanding pads. I get them from Amazon.
    It turned out beautiful. Now to string her up.

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  19. duzie

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    And when you’re done with the guitar you’ll still have some leftover for ….:D
     
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  20. spazzz

    spazzz Strat-Talk Member

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    I just used the 6000 and 12000 on my sons New/used SG.
    No need to tape, gets rid of grime and shines.
    A step through the grits after a crown works wonders.

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