Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cap217, Feb 18, 2012.
What kind of file do I need and what grit?
Until I got a proper file from Stew Mac, I used one out of a set of mini files... It came with two triangular files. I used one of the. I ground the 'edges' down so they'd be less likely to really get into the fretboard if my hand slipped.
Are you doing a refret or just need to smooth them out a bit? For smoothing I use an old computer battery and some 400 grit sandpaper followed by 600. If they're really sprouted I'll start with 220
Actually I think right next to where they make the Keys they have fret installers now.....................maybe not.
I think regular fret tools will be better than Home Depot.
How bad are the fret edges?
I'd try finger nail files first if it's not that bad.
Metal files will remove material pretty fast.
For a non pro, time does not matter. That means buy a few sizes of the mildest ones, even if pros use harsher to save time. This gives you more room for error.
if you mean for dealing with just fret sprout, not shaping, I use a 6" mill file and it works fine ... but I had lessons yrs ago on that particular use from master luthier Bill Cumpiano - www.cumpiano.com