Fret Ends On A 2015 Gibson Les Paul Jr.

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  1. axe4me

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    I ran my fingers across the neck of a 2015 LP Jr at GC.
    Very sharp ends.
    I ran my fingers across the neck of a Fender Squire Bullet Strat.
    No sharp ends.
    What gives?
     
  2. RockinRob

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    "What gives" is that this is just another lame attempt to bash Gibson. You are likely experiencing fret spout caused by the extremely dry climate in a lot of areas in the US right now. It may just depend entirely on where these guitars came from and how they were stored and nothing more.
     
  3. axe4me

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    Henry,..............is that you?
    "Attempt to bash Gibson"?
    I own and have owned more Gibson guitars than most.
    If you think I'm the only one not impressed with the latest Gibson line, then you don't read TGP enough.
    I have a 56 LP Jr that still has it original frets and they haven't sprouted like this '15 POS.
    BTW, how can a cheap $125.00 Fender Squire Bullet Strat have no sharp fret ends and the more expensive Gibson ($899.00 I think) have sharp fret ends?
     
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    I'm finding the exact same thing as well (sharp fret ends) on a lot of newer Gibsons, axe4me. And you're right - you just don't see that on most Squiers and Fenders (or even Epiphones).

    So don't worry about someone accusing you of "Gibson bashing"...
     
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    we need an employee to spill the beans
     
  6. bob-i

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    Every unbound neck guitar I've ever owned has had fret sprout, from the cheapest junk to the most expensive piece. It happens, learn to take care of it with the correct tools and get over it ;)
     
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    I've got an SG Faded Special and I had to dress every fret end on the thing. No fret sprout, just frets with no angle at the ends.
     
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    I was thinking the exact same thing.
    I had a similar issue once with a masterbuilt Strat I picked up from layaway.
    I knew Dennis Galuska didn't do sloppy fretwork. The guitar was sitting in a super dry room. I did my humidify trick, after a couple of days..presto
    Like magic, no sharp edges.
     
  9. guitarcats70

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    Yep, it's DB from Harmony Central. He's just riding the 2015 Gibson bash train. Don't feed this troll...oops, I just feed it.
     
  10. Rex Anderson

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    I bought a Larry Carlton ES-335 that had the same problem.
     
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    Bbreaker from Harmony Central?

    Who's that?:spit
     
  12. axe4me

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    My '69 335 doesn't have this problem.
    My '56 and '62 LP Jr's don't have bound necks and don't have this problem.
    2015 sounds like a great year for Gibson.
    That cheap Fender Squire Bullet Strat doesn't have this problem.
    Oops.
     
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    I agree, I returned a Gibson Les Paul 50's tribute last year due to sharp fret ends. I love gibsons, own a few but have not run across this issue with Fenders, not even the Mexican, Japanese or other Asian models. From my experience this seems to happen a lot with the entry level gibsons.
     
  14. bob-i

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    I've dressed the fret ends of my 95 MIM Strat at least 3-4 times, my 2010 Tele once. I did friends MIM last year, another friends Squier about 2 years ago. It can happen to any unbound neck.
     
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    Plenty of cracked binding on bound Gibson fingerboards in the later HJ era.

    Gibson get bashed because they deserve it based on their current product and management. They make it easy.
     
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    mahogany probably shrinks quicker than maple
     
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    Well put! Calling "Gibson bashing" anymore is like being called a racist. The term has been so over-used and mis-used that it holds no meaning for me when I hear it now.
     
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    Has it been especially humid lately in Tennessee where new Gibsons are made?
     
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    I was told that that should be covered under warranty. Your shop should be able to polish the fret ends off and get reimbursed by the factory.
     
  20. Guitarworks

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    It could be fret sprout, but I'm more inclined to believe it may be just an improper or rushed/hurried fret dress, or complete lack thereof. A great fret dress that feels silky smooth and comfortable takes time, patience and skill, which all cost more money. Gibson has been cutting these kinds of costs for several years. Without proper leveling, filing, sanding, and buffing, what you'll get is sharp corners and barbs. I don't think a PLEK can deliver that kind of attention yet. If you found nice frets on a new Squier, chances are Fender can still afford the labor to do that handwork overseas without driving the price up to CS levels.
     

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