Any Way to Repair a Deep Fret Divot Without Removing it?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by john_martin_sai, Nov 27, 2012.


  1. john_martin_sai

    john_martin_sai

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    ...without replacing the fret.
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    What's a fret divot?

    Is that a dent in the surface of the fret?
  3. john_martin_sai

    john_martin_sai

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  4. bassgod0dmw

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    Are you talking a single divot in a single fret, or just like the picture you linked?

    If like the picture, you need a fret dress.
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  6. lethargytartare

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    Replace the fret or dress all of the frets -- ttbomk those are your options.
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    OK, thanks - I'd call it string wear, but it's clear what the problem is.

    No options other than dressing the fret down far enough to eliminate or moderate the grooves. If no fret is left, time to replace the frets.
  8. Bobster

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    Are the rest of the frets in good shape?

    If so, I'd recommend replacing the one with the wear, because dressing will take a lot of metal off the others.

    Bob
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Yes, there is the issue that you can't dress just one fret to below the height of its neighbors, or you have a low fret and buzzing problems may result.

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