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Frine Fret Polishing Kit

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by ZackyDog, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 24, 2014
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    This looked interesting, and gets perfect reviews wherever I look on the web (i.e. Sweetwater, Amazon).
    So, I decided to order a kit; it should be ready for pickup at Guitar Center today.

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  2. tessting1two

    tessting1two Tele-Meister

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    Apr 13, 2014
    Southern California
    I'm a fan of pretty much all the Music Nomad products I've tried (which is several). However when it comes to fret polishing I really don't like using the metal fret protectors as they just seem too thick to get down the sides of the fret and they aren't exactly "water tight" so you're still going to get polish/residue on the fingerboard. It takes 3 minutes to mask a fingerboard and you get most of that time back because polishing without fussing with the fret guard is much faster.

    That said I am happy to be wrong about these sorts of things so let us know how it works out for you.
     
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  3. Darkness

    Darkness Tele-Holic

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    Apr 7, 2016
    Stygian Gulf
    Gorgomyte works perfectly on my frets. They gleam like new after cleaning. Much easier than the setup in the vid.
     

  4. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Good points; maybe masking is the way to go.

    I like this; looks like it will work on any tuning button:

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  5. TimTam

    TimTam Tele-Meister

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    Jun 4, 2010
    Melbourne
    I bought a set of the Music Nomad fret protectors to see if the addition of handles makes them easier to use. That seemed like a useful improvement on a basic tool that can be hard to hold (I've seen other people stick gaffa/duct tape to the basic ones to give them a bigger area to hold on to).

    But I agree that fret polishing is not their best application.

    Music Nomad has some other neatly designed stuff but also some overpriced gear that can be picked up much cheaper on ebay.
     
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  6. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 24, 2014
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    I picked up and unpacked the fret kit. I didn't have any masking tape on hand, so I used the fret protectors/spatulas.

    It seems to work OK. I didn't have any rust/corrosion so the results were subtle. I think it's a useful kit to have on hand, but would have a more dramatic effect on a guitar that hasn't had its frets cleaned in a few years.
     

  7. Sweet Lou 275

    Sweet Lou 275 TDPRI Member

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    Nov 24, 2016
    Washington
    You can go to almost any store selling stationary and get an eraser shield. They have a couple slots in them perfect for guarding your frets. Aside from a quick hit with some #0000 steel wool, I don't use any kind of polish myself. Sorry it didn't perform as you hoped, but some fretwire only can be polished so much. Definitely keep it around though.
     

  8. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    53
    Aug 24, 2014
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    Thanks but don't be sorry. My frets seem to be pretty durable and a little ant-corrosive; the luthier who did my last fret job used stainless steels frets.
     

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