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Freddels 02-13-2014 01:38 PM

Warmoth - fret work?
I have a fretless Warmoth neck that is just great. Wondering how their fretwork is on the fretted necks?

hdracer 02-13-2014 01:48 PM

They say to check it .


There are usually slight variations in this work and it's further complicated by the fact that the neck woods seldom respond uniformly to string tension. Therefore, a fret leveling operation performed on a raw neck is likely to require further attention after the instrument has been assembled.

It's an accepted fact that final leveling and instrument set-up are best done after the guitar has been strung up to pitch for several days and the neck has time to settle in to the tension of the strings. Then, if needed, the frets may be leveled under tension to provide the finest action. After the frets are leveled then they are individually recrowned to restore their rounded shape.

Most Warmoth necks do not require a fret leveling; they are good to go as they are received. Of course, if you want really low action or a specific feel, an overall setup and level may be necessary. This is highly skilled work and the associated costs can be relatively high, as one might expect for professional services.
One persons "perfect fret work" is another's "needs work"

silky smoove 02-13-2014 01:58 PM

I bought a maple/maple neck from them back in 2004 with a gloss finish. The finish was shot directly onto the frets and not cleaned at all. Once I took some fine steel wool and a polishing cloth to the fret, everything looked and played great. It was weird seeing the finish not cleanly removed from the frets, but it ended up not being a big deal.

Hopkins 02-13-2014 02:21 PM

Simply playing the neck will knock the finish off of the frets

joeyl 02-13-2014 02:59 PM

I find it quite relaxing to sit in front of the TV and scrape the finish off the frets with my fingernails

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