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Robbie
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Has anyone got any suggestions or is it really the job of a luthier as many guitar etup sites suggest. Has anyone here done this procedure and were you happy with the results? I have one of those squier 51's that everyone needed to own awhile ago and like the tones I get from it but a few of the fret ends need dressed so it is not as nice to play as I would like. It was not expensive but I still don't want to ruin it with a butcher job if you get my drift. I am relatively good with my hands and do own a dremel. But it appears like Stewmac sells specific files etc. Any suggestions apppreciated
Robbie


   
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gnease
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I've done this for two of my 51s so far - my Taylor T5 went to a luthier (and under warranty).

I bought Stew-Mac's triangular fret dressing file. It has smooth corners that supposedly do not dig into the wood, but I didn't trust it totally, so also taped the fretboard to protect it. I ended up filing the fret ends to sort of soft/rounded triangular shape as viewed looking down onto the f'board. Very comfy.

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Robbie
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Gnease thanx for the reply. Looks like I will try get some proper files before tackling this job. I did see on one site where taping the fretboard was recommended and I am guessing with patience that I can't screw up too badly. As I said the guitar sounds cool but just a tad uncomfortable to play.


   
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katmetal
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Be careful to just knock the sharp edge off; you don't want to remove too much, as the strings may have a tendency to slip off the fret while playing. That is a real pain, as I own a couple guitars that the frets are too short for my liking.

After you remove too much material, you sure can't put it back! :shock:


   
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Kalle_in_Sweden
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Has anyone got any suggestions or is it really the job of a luthier as many guitar setup sites suggest.
Has anyone here done this procedure and were you happy with the results?
I have one of those squier 51's that everyone needed to own awhile ago and like the tones I get from it but a few of the fret ends need dressed so it is not as nice to play as I would like.
Robbie
I have done it on a cheap Stratocaster copy with good result.
Used a flat fine grounded file (for metal work) and run it a few times along the side of the fretboard.
Just enough to grind of the fret ends that was protruding out of the fretboard side.
/Kalle

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Robbie
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Thanx all I appreciate your input. Will try to find a harmless looking file that won't do more damage than good and give it a try.
Robbie


   
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Blue Jay
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Cool file, and in agreement with all posts above. I use an old ignition point file, or two, but a purpose-built file is always better. :D

And it's good to use gnease's taping method; masking tape I believe it is, wrapped around all areas you don't want to scratch.

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TRGuitar
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I've done this with a couple of bargain guitars I have bought and it came out just fine. I masked my neck off to prevent scratching just like Greg said.

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