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Best way to remove lacquer from frets

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fret Boiler, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Fret Boiler

    Fret Boiler Pity World

    Apr 12, 2004
    Purdue University
    I have a new Fender Jazz (Geddy Lee) and one thing I don't like is the sloppy way they finished the neck. Bottom line, does anybody have ideas for removing (scraping?) lacquer off of frets without damaging the finish of the fretboard wood? I'm thinking razor blade or exacto-knife.

  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I've always heard to score the edge of the fret with a single-edged razor blade or X-acto, then scrape the lacquer off with your fingernail.