Who does neck work?

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  1. teleplayer99

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    Got a Vintera Modified with a wonderful slight V shape neck. Would like sharp frets taken care of as well a rounded shaped.

    I know I want the moon but sold my Blackguard. This Tele could be perfect.

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    Anthony
     
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    Yep. I just sit down and watch TV or a movie and file, then feel progress, and filing until I can't feel it anymore. If you're talking one fret you're talking a few minutes of work.
     
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    Sharp frets are frequently an indicator of a dehydrated guitar. Rehydrating will not fix them but should be done as a mater of course. Then file and dress the ends (and probably level them).

    To answer your subject question - any good guitar technician should be able to evaluate and fix funky frets - that is one of the first steps I always do before setting up a guitar. You can learn to do it but lots of people will do it for you.
     
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    Yeah...key word is good. But I enjoy doing this kind of work. And could do that for $16. Then see if I have to have rounded fretboard. I am thinking this will get her done.

    Thanks all,

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    Combo flap wheels are amazing at doing fret ends and rounding fretboard edges.

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    These in a hand drill do great work to frets in minutes. You still gotta finish a polish job after, but still, it makes things much faster and the results are very pro.
     
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    Wow where do I get get and what grits will I need. for med jumbo frets
     
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    Speak with a couple of local pro players and you'll probably discover most of them use the same one or two local techs. People that put food on the table with their guitars know who does the best work.

    Be careful with any power tool around your guitar. Those abrasive wheels will remove finish and wood faster and easier than they remove fret metal.
     
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    WAY too aggressive in my book.

    With an unfinished fretboard I like wet dry papers on a block, run the long way. Increasing grade #'s as you go. Does the frets and rounds the board edges all at once. Final touch up with a file on a per fret, as needed basis. Sandpaper to taste.

    With a finished fretboard, file individually as the only option. Sandpaper for final cleanup done very carefully.
     
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    That just scares me looking at the picture. I use a 6 inch mill bastard file and a little three sided file that I've made "safe", followed by fine sand paper, steel wool and micro mesh.
     
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    I was going to go with "a chiropractor", but it is a pretty simple DIY. Personally I don't mind sharp frets- if my hand is scraping along the bottom of the neck, a appreciate the reminder; it has no business there.
     
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    Great replies. Actually power tools are not going to touch my guitar. The shop I have bought Martins from is a luthier with great skills.

    Called that shop one day to ask if he had a used 00028. Herb said just got one in $1200. Bought it on lunch break.

    And he is a friend. And worth the drive to see Herb at Fretted Instruments in Homewood AL.
     
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