How to get a ding out of a fret?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Unburst, Sep 2, 2005.


  1. Unburst

    Unburst Member

    Messages:
    4,221
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I accidently whacked my guitar fretboard with a jack plug and now I have a small indentation on the 5th fret, right under the G-string.

    It's not too obtrusive but I can feel it when I play around there.

    Is there a way I can smooth it out without professional tools?
     
  2. John Phillips

    John Phillips Member

    Messages:
    13,080
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2002
    Location:
    Scotland
    How deep is it? I'm assuming not very - although I've seen some nasty damage to guitars caused by flying plugs...

    If it's just barely detectable, try smoothing it out with an Emery board (steal one of your girlfriend/wife's) - the loss of fret height probably won't be noticeable in any other way.

    If it's worse, you either have to dress all the frets to some extent, or you could try filling the ding with silver solder and smooth it out again - but that's back into professional tools, and you need to be very quick and careful not to burn the fingerboard. It can be done though.
     
  3. Unburst

    Unburst Member

    Messages:
    4,221
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    thanks John,

    It's pretty shallow I think an emery board would do it.
     
  4. pedalpat

    pedalpat Guest

    if the dent is minor try some 0000 steel wool first.
    if it is more than minor try some 600 to 800 sandpaper and go lightly. you don't want to take away more material than you need to.

    what fret is it?
     
  5. unclej54

    unclej54 Guest

    whatever method you use be sure to tape off the fretboard on either side of the fret with some masking tape before you proceed..no matter how careful you are it's extremely easy to slip and scratch it up.
     
  6. Unburst

    Unburst Member

    Messages:
    4,221
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Thanks for the tips guys.
    Appreciate it.

    pedalpat, it's the 5th fret.
     
  7. GuitslingerTim

    GuitslingerTim Member

    Messages:
    2,178
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Lol. *All* of my guitars have a ding at the 5th fret under the 3rd string from playing them. :D
     

Share This Page