|loxjet ||02-25-2013 03:46 PM |
MIM Jazz fret edges
Hi all. Longtime listener, first-time caller. I just received a Fender MIM Jazz bass as a gift. I usually play a 1990 Jazz Plus, and this new bass is taking some getting used to. The biggest problem is that the fret edges are like little knives -- after about 10 minutes of playing, the pad of my left index finger is killing me. It's like playing a dull saw blade. Is there anything that can be done to remedy this, or do I just have to grin and bear it? (forgive me if this has been asked before. It's probably a common lament.)
|bobba66 ||02-25-2013 04:04 PM |
I suppose I would tape the edge of the fretboard to protect the wood and then carefully file down the offending protrusions.
|FunkMetalBass ||02-25-2013 04:51 PM |
This is commonly known as "fret sprout", and it happens when the fretboard shrinks due to changes in humidity. The solution is just to file down the fret ends. A quick google search should yield a ton of results on how to go about it.
|Troph ||02-25-2013 06:04 PM |
I bought one of those fret edge files for something like $20 and after hacking up my fretboard, I decided it was worth it just to pay for a professional fret edge clean-up. :(
|waynobass ||02-25-2013 06:08 PM |
That is the kind of thing I too leave to my friendly neighborhood guitar tech.
|loxjet ||02-25-2013 07:01 PM |
Thanks for your input, everybody. Much obliged.
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