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Rate my fret job

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by SammyC, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Cyberi4n

    Cyberi4n TDPRI Member

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    HOSCO crowning files. Excellent at what they do. I have a couple, and recently levelled and crowned the frets on my new player telecaster.
     
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    Ah great, thanks. I see they do two types one with a handle and one without. Any suggestions?
     
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    +1 to all of this. That curved end lets you file a little bit more at a particular spot, without having to worry about a long straight file cutting too much on either side. Don't get the cheaper files, just get this one.

    And if we're being honest, most of our first attempts to level and file frets didn't look very great. It's something that will get better with practice. But it's reassuring when even your first job improves the playability of a guitar!
     
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    Yeah, the advice here illustrated what I should be focusing on (crown shape) and really helped me when I went back again today.

    Much happier with the result now and it's made a previously unplayable guitar half decent! It won't fix the bridge being too close and not being able to intonate the G string properly but the frets are now great and the action is pretty good too :)

    But it's also shown me that I don't want to do this to the beautiful new neck I have for my current build and so I need to invest in a proper crowning file!
     
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    A fret crowning file would go a long way for you. I bought a used stewmac diamond file with lots of life left in it and it's fabulous.
     
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    My first fret job--I butchered a garage-sale beater and ended up having to preplace the frets. It was great practice, but I was disgusted with my hamfistedness. Every time you do a fret job you learn something new or different. And each job gets you better results.

    Fretwork is just like nut work: precision and small dimensions (i.e., one or two thousandths of an inch) can make the difference between a good job and a really great job. You have to sneak up on perfection and know when to stop when you get there. You'll get there :cool:
     
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  9. SammyC

    SammyC Tele-Meister

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    Ok, bought a diamond crowning file and a selection of high grit papers.

    What do you think:

    These are stainless frets, so pretty hard.

    It took quite some time as the file is a 300 grit one so pretty slow. It's not perfect I'm sure but personally I think it looks great and so much better than my previous efforts!

    Hopefully that's me done with fret maintenance for a while anyway :)
     
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    Much better!! BTW, which diamond file did you end up with?
     
  11. SammyC

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    I used this one, a small hand made file in the UK:

    https://www.chrisalsopguitar.co.uk/...itar-Fret-Crowning-File-with-Oak-Handle-TF085

    For the price I didn't think it would matter if it didn't work.

    I tested on another guitar before using it on the neck above. Really nice little pack of file and fine grit paper for polishing.

    I don't know if more mainstream files would be better or faster but it worked and gave me the result I was looking for! One more job ticked off the list
     
  12. SammyC

    SammyC Tele-Meister

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    BTW, thank you all for the help and advice, this was one job I was really worried about.
     
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