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Fret ends sticking out on tele neck

shwn

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I just bought a new neck for my tele-type guitar and the fret ends are sticking out over the edge of the maple fretboard... they're cutting up the skin on my thumb...
How do I file these down to make them level without causing any damage to the frets themselves?

Thanks!
 
M

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Before you go taking a file to anything, be sure the neck is properly humidified. These cold winters shrink fretboards and cause the frets to sprout. A little moisture and things go back to normal.
 

K-Line

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I agree with the above as normal maintenance but file them back now and then follow proper humidity levels. Should not have problem again.
 

dirk_benedict

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I had this happen on a guitar that I bought during late summer and was shipped to me here in Boston from Georgia. The seasonal humidity change really wreaked havoc for me. I tried messing around with humidifiers and finally caved in and just took it to a tech. He filed them down in about 3minutes while I waited.
 

23 Fretz

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I went to a dollar store and bought a 4 pack of small tupperware containers and some hand sponges, drilled holes in the sides and cover of each, cut a piece of sponge to fit each one, added water and kaboom!

all 4 of my guitars haven't had fret sprout ever since and this cost me less than $3 to make my guitars happy.


Wish I could make my GF happy on $3.... :(
 

Rich

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Before you go taking a file to anything, be sure the neck is properly humidified. These cold winters shrink fretboards and cause the frets to sprout. A little moisture and things go back to normal.
Yup, low humidity (ie cold weather and heated homes) causes shrinkage & sprout.

If things don't shape up with a some humidification, wait until the sprout is at its worst then bring it in to a decent tech to have the fret ends filed down.

If done that way you are likely never to have the problem again.
 

shwn

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I've has the neck for 2 months now and it hasn't changed since I bought it so I don't think humidity matters on this... But I do have a humidifier running in my guitar room


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