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nickcarr's picture
38n33, 82w47, KY
Apr 2004
10 years ago

Hey geeks!

I have an Ibanez AX120 and the frets are wearing down and now in certain spots there are small groves in them. These groves cause a small amount of string buzz. Other than the fact that I usually play it 2hrs a day on it every day for about the last 4.5 - 5 yrs, I think the problem may have been caused by stainless steel strings (Ernie Ball). Do stainless steel strings cause more fret wear? Is this just standard wear and tear? Is it expensive to "re-fret" a neck? Feed me info guys! That's why I'm here!

Oh, and don't just tell me to get a new guitar! :p

Thanks,
Nick

My Rig-
Ibanez AX-120 (Alnico II Pro neck, Screamin’ Demon bridge)- Crybaby 535Q > Digitech Whammy > Boss NS-2 > Boss MT-2 (Indy Bogner-Diezel Mod) > Aria OD-10 (80's) > Ibanez TS-7 (Indy Mod) > (FX Loop- Boss PH-2 Super Phaser > Boss DD-3 (Indy High Cut Mod) > Boss BF-3 > Ibanez CF-7 > Ibanez BCL Bi-Chorus (80’s) > Carvin SX-100watt Solid State Amp

Ernie Ball Strings
Dunlop Triangle Big Stubby Picks

My Pedalboard Pic
http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=2132813028

ledfloyd's picture
New Westminster, BC
Oct 2002
2 months ago

Originally posted by nickcarr
Hey geeks!

I have an Ibanez AX120 and the frets are wearing down and now in certain spots there are small groves in them. These groves cause a small amount of string buzz. Other than the fact that I usually play it 2hrs a day on it every day for about the last 4.5 - 5 yrs, I think the problem may have been caused by stainless steel strings (Ernie Ball). Do stainless steel strings cause more fret wear? Is this just standard wear and tear? Is it expensive to "re-fret" a neck? Feed me info guys! That's why I'm here!

Oh, and don't just tell me to get a new guitar! :p

Thanks,
Nick

If the grooves aren't too deep you try a Grind & Polish first before going for a re-fret job.

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nickcarr's picture
38n33, 82w47, KY
Apr 2004
10 years ago

Can you give me details? With what do you use to grind and polish the frets? Am I supposed to just grind out the the indentation or grind the whole fret level until the dent is gone? More importantly, is this something I can screw up?

Thanks for the initial reply.

My Rig-
Ibanez AX-120 (Alnico II Pro neck, Screamin’ Demon bridge)- Crybaby 535Q > Digitech Whammy > Boss NS-2 > Boss MT-2 (Indy Bogner-Diezel Mod) > Aria OD-10 (80's) > Ibanez TS-7 (Indy Mod) > (FX Loop- Boss PH-2 Super Phaser > Boss DD-3 (Indy High Cut Mod) > Boss BF-3 > Ibanez CF-7 > Ibanez BCL Bi-Chorus (80’s) > Carvin SX-100watt Solid State Amp

Ernie Ball Strings
Dunlop Triangle Big Stubby Picks

My Pedalboard Pic
http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=2132813028

ikkyu2's picture
SF, CA
Nov 2003
3 years ago

Originally posted by nickcarr
Can you give me details? With what do you use to grind and polish the frets? Am I supposed to just grind out the the indentation or grind the whole fret level until the dent is gone? More importantly, is this something I can screw up?

In my opinion this is something best left to an experienced luthier. It's not so much that it's difficult, as that it requires some specialized tools (large, properly radiused grindstones of different coarsenesses) that you are extremely unlikely to have lying about the house.

If you try to grind down one fret at a time, you are going to end up with very unsatisfactory results.

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nickcarr's picture
38n33, 82w47, KY
Apr 2004
10 years ago

Thanks Ikkyu2!

I guess I'll have to take it to the shop. Thanks for your help!

My Rig-
Ibanez AX-120 (Alnico II Pro neck, Screamin’ Demon bridge)- Crybaby 535Q > Digitech Whammy > Boss NS-2 > Boss MT-2 (Indy Bogner-Diezel Mod) > Aria OD-10 (80's) > Ibanez TS-7 (Indy Mod) > (FX Loop- Boss PH-2 Super Phaser > Boss DD-3 (Indy High Cut Mod) > Boss BF-3 > Ibanez CF-7 > Ibanez BCL Bi-Chorus (80’s) > Carvin SX-100watt Solid State Amp

Ernie Ball Strings
Dunlop Triangle Big Stubby Picks

My Pedalboard Pic
http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=2132813028

cubby's picture
Over there...
Jan 2003
2 years ago

Yeah - have a pro do it. All of the frets will have to be milled to the same level and you don't want ANY high spots.

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