Nicked a fret.....Aaargh!!!

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  1. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    It needs to be leveled (the whole area of surrounding frets....you cant just work on one fret) then crowned and polished. Sorry, but that's it. Replacing just the one fret will still mean you have to level, crown and polish the surrounding frets after replacement anyway. Usually a ding is cause by a string being knocked against a fret. In the case of SS wire that ding would not be very deep, so it wouldn't take much levelling.
     
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  2. DotStudio

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    Head butt the fret. Repeat.
     
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    What Freddy said.
     
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  4. DotStudio

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  5. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    Hey.... this in in The Backstage. Some of us are just here to make silly comments.
     
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    Oh sorry, my bad.

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  7. Who

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    You can't just sand it down... you need to fill the nick:

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    Wait, just sand down all the frets, make a Fretless Wonder Strat. You'll have to drop the saddles, and do some nut-work. ;)
     
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    Use a Les Paul instead. You know you want to.
     
  9. Tone deaf

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    Do you have a picture? I think that there are a combination of of the above mentioned solutions, but one would really need to know what exactly the "nick" looks like. It is a true nick with some metal missing or is it the typical fret dent that happens all the time?

    If it is just a dent, I'd start with one of these to reshape the fret:

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    Then I would level them. I use a drywall sanding block with jewler's emery cloth:

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    If it is an actual nick with raised edges, a few taps with the tiny ball-peen hammer (with the neck supported directly behind the fret in question) to knock down the edges, before filing and leveling.

    If it is a big nick, I'd have to think about what I wanted to use for filler, (I'd call my old man, he's a blacksmith) then file it and then level.

    If it is one of these last two, I'd be curious how it happened.
     
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  10. rcole_sooner

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    I'd replace the fret and level it down vs leveling all the other frets down to it.

    Seriously.

    :cool:
     
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    It's a Fender you just buy a new neck






    I contribute nothing but smart-assery.
     
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  12. Freddy G

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    spinning your wheels...if you do that you will still have to level all the surrounding frets with the new one.
     
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    I know you have way more experience at this than I do, so this is just me thinking out loud....

    Hopefully one could get the new fret in higher than the surrounding frets, but yes a complete check would be needed. I'd just think it could be done without having to remove much or any from most of the frets.

    The fret slot may need some kind of filling to get the new fret to "stand up" higher. May wind up having to glue the new fret in too ... some times that is needed anyways.

    It just seems leveling everything down to a nick level would be a drastic amount of fret material removed.

    :dunno:
     
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  14. Freddy G

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    Nope.

    No offense rcole...I like and agree with most of your posts....but that statement just proves how out of your depth your are on this one.

    'Seems' is the operative word. As I said in my original post, a nick in the fret from a string being banged into it (I'm going on the assumption that that's the case) fells awful when you bend the string over it because it's a sharp nick. It feels very significant and deep. But it's usually not, especially on SS. Usually only a couple or few thousands of an inch deep. Which is why leveling that fret and the surrounding area will result in taking very little material off....probably not even noticeable to the player.
     
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    The only sure cure

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    Again, ignore Freddy's advice at your own peril.
     
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    Emery cloth and patience.
     
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    Well....I got impatient and went to town on it with a selection of sandpaper/emery cloth.
    Started off with 400 and ended up with 1500.

    It ain't perfect, but it's 93.5% better than what it was.

    I still don't know/remember how it happened.....might have to blame Br Beam.

    At some point I'll take it to get looked at....after I get through a few performances that I've got to have it for.
     
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