what builder does rounded fret ends?

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  1. Ashe

    Ashe Senior Member

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    or is there some simple form to doing it?


    i can't remember what guitar it was, but i picked up one with stainless frets and rounded ends, it was the best neck i've ever tried.
     
  2. travisvwright

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    Tuttle is normally the poseter boy for this if I"m not mistaken. bestfrets.com

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  3. buddastrat

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    All my Fender CS strats had this and I love it. The hot dog ends. I can't find any aftermarket neck maker who does it. I even asked USACG about it and they didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about, even after I sent them pics. Unreal.
     
  4. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    Anderson fret ends are top notch.
     
  5. AnthonyL

    AnthonyL Silver Supporting Member

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    Don Grosh really brought this to the forefont. Tuttle worked for Don before striking out on his own. Both do stellar work...

    Martin offers it on a couple of models and you can request it if ordering a custom guitar.

    Anderson does beautiful fretwork as well, but they are not rounded on the ends.
     
  6. Rex Anderson

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    Don Grosh does this. On the 1 5/8" nuts, I had problems with high and low E strings pulling/pushing off the fretboard due to the rounded fret ends.

    No problem on 1 11/16" nut widths.

    The problem is certainly due to me and my playing style-obviously not everyone has this issue - it is the only way Don does his fret work.
     
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    tuttle does the best stainless i've ever seen
     
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    If you buy an Ibanez from Rich Harris, he'll do fretwork on the guitar that will make you have a smile from ear to ear ;)
     
  9. tapeworm

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    My Collings 290 has rounded fret edges like those shown in the picture above...just amazing fret work...
     
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    Some of the new high end Ibanez guitars already come with rounded fret ends.
    They are nice :)
     
  11. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't think the problem is the frets as much as the 1 5/8" nut. The rounded process leaves as much playing surface area as if they had been beveled back - perhaps even more.
     
  12. buddastrat

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    Yes the rounded ends does leave more room. I like the vintage width and prefer the frets to be "run out" like that. Full fingerboard. This is what I hate about Allparts necks, there's so much drastic bevel to them. Then using a vintage trem, the E's are right on the edge of that slope.
     
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    Ron Thorn does the best fret work I have ever encountered.
     
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    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    d'pergo example:

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    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    ^^ That's just artwork!!! Good lord, those fret ends are perfection! I'm longing now......

    jon
     
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    I've seen other pics of D'Pergos where the ends look more trapezoid, so I guess he can do whatever you want.
     
  17. Ashe

    Ashe Senior Member

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    d'pergo was who i was looking for. the most beautiful frets i've ever seen.

     
  18. Structo

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    Any self respecting luthier does this to some extent.

    It greatly enhances comfort when playing, sliding your fretting hand up and down the neck without sharp fret ends to catch your hand on.

    Most after market necks have simple angles filed on the ends.
    And I might add, sometimes this angle is too extreme to round the ends effectively because too much material was removed.

    You'll sometimes find that on Allparts necks or Mighty Mite necks.

    I would just as soon have them leave the ends straight cut so I could file them how I want to but they have to please the person that doesn't know anything about it other than how to bolt the new neck on the body.

    Some guys take it to a whole new art level like D'Pergo above.
     
  19. allman5

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    I got an hardtail Lentz S that Tuttle refret!
    Cream dela Cream !his the best.........
     
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    :agree The ones I've done have all been refinements to frets that have already been bevelled - and although they look good to the naked eye (and feel good too), they don't stand up to a high resolution macro shot like THAT!

    Only thing that would make that d'pergo even better IMHO is hidden fret tangs.
     

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