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    My frets are beginning to feel sharp on one of my favorite guitars. They're not too bad yet, but I don't want them to get worse. I definitely don't want to try to file them myself or pay someone for a refret.



    FWIW, it's a rosewood board, lightly tinted maple neck.



    Any decent remedies out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hand Amputation
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    My frets are beginning to feel sharp on one of my favorite guitars. They're not too bad yet, but I don't want them to get worse. I definitely don't want to try to file them myself or pay someone for a refret.



    FWIW, it's a rosewood board, lightly tinted maple neck.



    Any decent remedies out there?




    Hard to say. Is it fret spout? In that case you could try humidifying the guitar. Otherwise, filing fret ends is really not a real big deal.

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    • #3
      Get a humidifier. Frets stick out more when wood shrinks due to dry winter air.



      Why do you not want to file them down? Tape off the wood on either side and carefully file them down. It isn't rocket surgery.



      edit: typed that while mockchoi was posting the exact same thing

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      • #4
        It's not that I don't think I could file them down. I was just hoping there would be an easier way.



        I'm gonna try a humidifier for now.
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        • #5
          Winter is the ideal time to file fret ends, that way you don't have to worry all year round.



          Since it is rosewood, you could also try a little fret doctor if the board is dried out that would help a little in the wood expansion. But the low temps and low humidity is primary cause.
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          • #6
            noticed this on a couple of my guitars in the past week. Tis the cold, dry hands of winter....
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            • #7
              It happens because of weather changes - an experienced pro can do the job for you in very little time time and it won't cost much - it should not require a refret



              One of the nice things about the Gibson style of binding the fingerboard is that this sort of thing is a non-issue.


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              • #8
                File them, it's not a big deal. All of my fenders, except my srv, needed this done this year.



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                  Quote Originally Posted by megawzrd
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                  Winter is the ideal time to file fret ends, that way you don't have to worry all year round.



                  Since it is rosewood, you could also try a little fret doctor if the board is dried out that would help a little in the wood expansion. But the low temps and low humidity is primary cause.




                  Indeed and the Fret Doctor will prevent this from happening again
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                  • #10
                    If it it's rosswood use some lemmon oil on it. Just lay the guitar flat and rub enough on with your finger so you can see a nice layer. Do it again in about 20 min. It will not take up more than it needs.

                    Then just wipe it down and string her up. Day or two they will be gone.

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                    • #11
                      It's not only in the cold. My wife is European and keeps our house near 80 year round. Every guitar I bring in the house that doesn't have a bound neck eventually gets it. Frustrating.
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                      • #12
                        Normal thing to happen at this time of the year! Well where I live it is normal for about half the year which is winter. I have filed a couple of mine down in the last couple of weeks as well as tweaked the truss rods on all of mine in the last little while. I just look at it as part of maintenance to keep my guitars in top working order.

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                        • #13
                          Normal thing to happen at this time of the year! Well where I live it is normal for about half the year which is winter. I have filed a couple of mine down in the last couple of weeks as well as tweaked the truss rods on all of mine in the last little while. I just look at it as part of maintenance to keep my guitars in top working order.

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                            Quote Originally Posted by Hand Amputation
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                            It's not that I don't think I could file them down. I was just hoping there would be an easier way.



                            I'm gonna try a humidifier for now.




                            Proper humidity for instruments is 40% to 60%. If you are under 40% or even close you will notice fret issues and many other problems will develop over time
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                            • #15
                              +1 on dryness/shrinkage.

                              The rosewood on my Strat I tend to keep well oiled and it seems to be fine. The maple on the Tele however isn't fairing so well and frets are getting bumpy.
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