I am cheap.. box cutter blades for fret rockers?

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  1. SamBooka

    SamBooka Member

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    They are long enough to cover the first 3 frets.. break one in two and you should get something short enough to get you as far as the 12th fret. I would run the sharp end against a file once just to dull it and not cut my fingers off..

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  2. Rick51

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    Put two of them edge-to-edge, then hold them up to a strong light. If no light leaks through between them, you are good to go.
     
  3. ClassicLP

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    He played it 'til his fingers bled...
     
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    I'd be concerned about scratching/denting the fret. Nickel frets are surprisingly soft.
     
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  6. SamBooka

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    well.. they sell them at dollarama.. will give it a whirl.

    Good tip about the blades together.
     
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    Or, another way to go.....

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  8. SamBooka

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    yeah.. but how do you get the edges straight?
     
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    I have NO idea what this thread is about.....

    What are you trying to do?
     
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    Find a high/low fret. Span three frets at a time until the tool rocks. There is your high/low fret. Other tools work but the three fret span is handy. I think Stewmac sells em.

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    Even if it is straight when new, I wouldn't think that a sharp razor edge would stay level with use etc. for too long.
     
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    A flat piece of granite tile with sandpaper glued to it.....work through the grits up to 600 grit.
     
  13. mark norwine

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    how 'bout a real straight edge? Like a thick aluminum ruler?
     
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    Actually what I have been using until now IS a thick aluminum ruler (maybe 1/16 thick) that I had cut up but not sure

    a)how straight it really is

    b) how straight it really needs to be.

    I have one of the stewmac string action gauge and it would rock using one side of the ruler but not the other.

    As for the box cutter blades I think they have a gentle arc to them as well so I will stick with the cut up ruler that seems to work best.
     
  16. mellecaster

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    This thread puts Me in mind of the ever popular Torch Tip cleaners in place of gauged Nut Files posts.........:spit
     
  17. SamBooka

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    True ... but then again what did people do before stewmac?:BluesBros
     
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    StewMac was selling long before the Internet. My hunch is that there were far fewer hobbyist builders pre-Internet.
     
  19. SamBooka

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    I think I got my first stew mac catalogue around 1990. Must have been from an ad in GP magazine :)
     
  20. Misterbulbous

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    I work in an aluminum casting plant. The pins used to eject parts from molds are extremely high precision dowel-like steel rods (ejector pins). We cut them to length as new and usually throw the ends away. I happened to try one as a fret rocker....and they are completely perfect for the job.

    Unfortunately, now I've found that I have a really, really bad neck on my guitar.
     

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