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How to tell if you have excessive fret wear?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by grifff, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. grifff


    Jan 5, 2009
    Towson, Maryland
    I've heard a lot about fret wear but I've never really encountered it. I bought a 9 year old bass that plays beautifully but I'd like to know how to check for the signs. The tops of the frets aren't perfectly rounded anymore and they are a little shiny. The sustain is fine and I can't seem to find any obvious dead spots.

    What are the symptoms of fret wear?

    EDIT: Did a Google search and found what I needed. Thanks.
  2. deep scratches, unlevel, buzz (sometimes, can be other things also ), dips in the frets.

    Really just look and if it looks like its a deformed fret, thats fretwear.

    Also look to see if its been re leveled a few times, if they are very low, and the fret is very wide,thats a good indication

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